Hector Noesi had a short, shaky outing in his first winter ball start earlier this week. Pitching for Licey in the Dominican Winter League, Noesi allowed five hits in an inning and a third. Noesi’s defense didn’t help him much — only one of his four runs was earned — and he’s pitching under limits set in place by the Yankees.
A few other notes from the early winter results…
• Corban Joseph was starting to hit again before another rough game last night. A three-hit game on Tuesday gave him eight hits in his last five games in the Arizona Fall League, but his .233 average is still lower than expected. The utility type will probably be the regular second baseman in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre next year.
• Jorge Vazquez is still hitting home runs. Back in the Mexican Winter League, Vazquez has five homers in seven games, including an eighth-inning game-winner on Wednesday. He’s batting .393, and so far spending all of his time at first base. He strikes out a lot, but after 32 homers in the pitcher-friendly International League this season, there’s little reason to doubt that he has legitimate big league power.
• David Phelps third Arizona Fall League start was a lot like the first two: 3.1 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. He reached 75 pitches on Wednesday. His first two AFL starts didn’t last more than 60.
• Chase Whitley’s most recent Fall League outing lasted 2.1 scoreless innings, with two hits, no walks and two strikeouts. He’s allowed a run in one of five appearances (and that’s a hitter-friendly league). Still say he’s worth keeping an eye on because the Yankees were so aggressive with him this season, moving him quickly to Double-A.
• Pat Venditte in Mexico: 3.2 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts. Lefties are 1-for-8 against him after hitting .213 against him in Double-A this season.