Of the seven players added to the Yankees 40-man roster on Friday, I’ve personally seen six. The one I haven’t seen is right-hander Hector Noesi. But Frankie Piliere has seen him, and Piliere has agreed to give us a scouting report. Piliere spent the past three seasons working as a scout and now writes for FanHouse. Check out an earlier story of his detailing some of the top prospects in the Yankees system. Piliere labeled Noesi as a sleeper even before Noesi was added to the 40-man.
Here’s his scouting report.
Noesi is a very interesting guy, I guess probably the definition of a late bloomer as a prospect. I saw him with SI (Staten Island) in ’08 and he had the fastball but not much in the way of a secondary pitch. This year when I saw him in Charleston then later on in Tampa he had come a long way. Sits around 91-93, touches 94 and heard reports of 95. But pretty steady around 92-93. Plus command of the fastball, can go east and west very well. The difference now is he’s mixing the curveball with good 12-6 action (72-76 mph). About an average pitch now, flashed plus now and then. Mixes a changeup but saw him make a lot of mistakes on it. 82-86 mph. Really a show pitch right now. If he can get it over enough he’s got a #3 type profile. He was just really surprising this year. Really became a pitcher, throws a lot of quality strikes and the fastball has a lot of life.
I don’t think he’s a guy that converts to the pen either. I saw him go deep into some games, change his patterns and actually even pick up velocity at higher pitch counts. His curveball had a tendency to tighten up later on too. Clean delivery, everything is pretty nice and easy.
I’ve thought he was maybe the most overlooked good prospect in the system by the end of the year. He’s not that far off I don’t think. Pitches and carries himself like an experienced guy.
Great stuff. Thanks Frankie.