- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 174 lb.
Hector Noesi made it to AA in 2010 and to the majors the next year.
Noesi was signed by scout Victor Mata for the New York Yankees a month before he turned 18. He made his professional debut with the DSL Yankees, going 5-3 with a 1.60 ERA and .83 WHIP. Hector fanned 11 in 7 innings for the 2006 GCL Yankees with one run allowed but missed much of the year with a right shoulder strain injury.
The right-hander did not play much in 2007, either. He missed the first 50 days for violating the minor league steroid and drug program. He was 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA for the Charleston RiverDogs then ended his season on June 23 due to another shoulder strain. On a rehab assignment, he began 2008 with the GCL Yankees and was 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA in 9 games before being promoted to the Staten Island Yankees, where he had a 1-1, 3.00 record and 31 K in 24 innings.
The Dominican hurler kicked off 2009 on a spectacular note with Charleston, not allowing a run for 27 1/3 innings during which he whiffed 35 and walked just three. Noesi was 3-4 with a 2.38 ERA for Charleston before being promoted to the Tampa Yankees, where he had a 3-0, 3.92 record. Overall, he struck out 118 in 117 innings and allowed a .220 average and 15 walks. He tied Zach McAllister for the lowest average allowed by a Yankee minor leaguer. In the postseason, he allowed four runs in seven innings and picked up a win as Tampa won the Florida State League pennant. Hector missed time for a fourth straight season due to injury, sidelined for several weeks in late summer with tendonitis.
Noesi opened 2010 with Tampa, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 53 K to 6 walks in 43 innings. Promoted to the Trenton Thunder, he began 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA and made the 2010 Futures Game. He pitched the second inning of a 9-1 loss, replacing Simon Castro on the mound. He allowed a Logan Morrison single but then retired Drew Cumberland, Desmond Jennings and Dee Gordon in order. Alexander Torres relieved him in the third. He finished the season a combined 14-7, 3.20 in 28 games between Tampa, Trenton, and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees for which he started three late-season games. Baseball America ranked him as the #16 prospect in the Eastern League, between Rudy Owens and Jose Iglesias. He led Yankee farmhands in wins, whiffs (153), innings (160 1/3) and starts (27, tied with Lance Pendleton.
He began 2011 back at Scranton, but after four starts, he was called up to the Yankees in early May. He then had to wait more than two weeks before getting a chance to pitch. His debut, coming on May 18th, was one to remember. He came in to start the 11th inning of 1-1 tie with the Baltimore Orioles. His teammates scored three runs for him in the top of the 15th inning, and he came back with a fourth scoreless inning to end the game, earning his first win in the process. He was helped by an unusual play in the 15th: with two runners on, a ground ball hit by Matt Wieters glanced off Brandon Snyder's foot, meaning Snyder was out for interference, preventing what could have been a perilous situation. Noesi then retired one more batter to end the game and cap a memorable debut. In his first season in the majors, Noesi was 2-2, 4.47 in 30 games; he made 2 starts and pitched 56 1/3 innings but was not used in the postseason. In the minor leagues that year, he went 1-1, 3.28 in 6 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
On January 13, 2012, the Yankees swung a big trade with the Seattle Mariners, involving four top-rated prospects. Noesi and C/DH Jesus Montero went to Seattle, while New York received Ps Michael Pineda and Vicente Campos. The trade was only finalized on January 23rd, as all four players needed to pass physical exams. The trade proved to be a disaster for the Mariners as both Noesi and Montero flamed out. The results weren't so great for New York either, as Campos failed to progress and Pineda missed the entire 2012 and 2013 seasons because of injuries, although he was able to contribute after that.
Noesi spent two wildly disappointing seasons with the M's organization in 2012 and 2013, splitting time between the big club and the AAA Tacoma Rainiers. At the major league level, he went 2-13 with an ERA of 5.89; his ERA in Tacoma was also above 5.00. After posting a 27.00 ERA in two games to begin the 2014 campaign, he was designated for assignment on April 4th. His last game as a Mariner saw him give up a walk-off home run to Coco Crisp on his second pitch of the game in the 12th inning of a contest against the Oakland A's on April 3rd. He was purchased by the Texas Rangers on April 12th. After appearing in three games, the Rangers DFA'ed him on April 22nd. His ERA in Texas was 11.81. He was then picked up by the Chicago White Sox on April 25th. On June 3rd, he won his first game in more than two years when the White Sox defeated the Dodgers, 4-1; he had gone 0-14, 6.12 in 39 appearances since May 6, 2012, when his name had last figured in the winner's column. He seemed to turn a corner with that win, as he pitched much better the rest of the way, ending up with a record of 8-11, 4.39 in 28 games with Chicago. Overall, he pitched 172 1/3 innings that season and struck out 123 batters.
- 2010 Yankees Media Guide
- 2010 Baseball Almanac