One day after a 14-inning fiasco with the Detroit Tigers, the Seattle Mariners desperately needed some bullpen help. The bullpen logged six innings after a great performance by Felix Hernandez, who dominated the Detroit lineup, but again did not receive any run support in the 2-1 loss.
It was announced early this morning that the team has decided to recall RHP Hector Noesi and send LHP Bobby LaFromboise back down to tTiple-A Tacoma.
The 26-year-old Noesi was acquired from the New York Yankees along with Jesus Montero in return for Michael Pineda in the winter of 2011.
Manager Eric Wedge tried to use Noesi as the fifth starter last year, but he had very minimal success. In 18 starts last season, Noesi posted a 2-12 record with a horrendous ERA of 6.24 and he only logged a total of 98 innings.
The Mariners organization still wants Noesi to start, as that was his role in Triple-A, and he has not allowed an earned run in 11 innings over two starts so far in 2013. However, Noesi’s role will be in relief at the major league level this year, a role where he has previously had success. In 2011 with the Yankees, Noesi made 28 appearances as a reliever and posted a 4.01 ERA in 51 innings.
Noesi has a good fastball that averages close to 93 miles per hour, and he features a very good breaking ball. This combination works well for Noesi as reliever, but he could not find the consistency as a starter.
With Stephen Pryor on the disabled list and most of the bullpen struggling, Noesi will have opportunities to pitch in relief, and I think he can really flourish pitching out of this new role.