If I were Hector Noesi, I would not be looking to buy real estate in the Seattle area anytime soon. In fact, barring a miracle, Noesi may have pitched his way off the Seattle Mariners roster and out of their long-term plans. Facing an Oakland A’s lineup which included a player in a 1-20 slump, Noesi Noesi was tagged with five hits, two walks and three home runs. He also hit a batter and had a wild pitch during his 52 pitch effort. Noesi was saved the loss by the weather which dumped heavy rain on the area, but while it does not show up in the record books, you can bet this lousy effort was not lost on fans and management alike.
Not counting yesterday, his ERA for the spring sits at a robust 12.00 and he shows a complete and utter lack of ability to get out hitters of any fashion, even the lower-tier minor leaguers. His pitches are grabbing way too much of the plate and have little to no movement on them. Since he was obtained from the New York Yankees as part of the deal to bring Jesus Montero to Seattle, the team has given countless options to prove himself both with the Mariners last season and in AAA.
Time and time again it was as if the opposing team spotted five runs before Noesi even took the mound and his presence and demeanor does not show a pitcher who is capable of getting out major-league batters with any consistency. He was 2-12 with a 5.86 ERA with the Mariners last season and for a team that struggled to score runs, they could not afford to be put into the first-inning holes that Noesi dug for himself time and time again.
While he never projected out to be more than a fifth starter on the team, with talented young rookies opening eyes and setting down batters this spring, Noesi looks to have no choice but to accept the fact that he will either be released or sent down to the minors were he can perhaps reinvent himself as situational reliever, as it is very clear that barring injury or trade, the Mariners have plenty of other good young options.
While many believe that the talented young Mariner pitchers will open the season in the minor leagues to provide them a little more experience and delayed the start of the dreaded arbitration clock, John Garland is looking to be the player that the team is now taking a long hard look at for rotation after looking solid in his first outing for the team. As spring training rosters are whittled down and pitchers face fewer and fewer minor leaguers, pitchers will have fewer and fewer chances to get away with mistakes and price management. Noesi better take his next mound appearance seriously and pitch like his career depends on it because it does.