“I have no intention of Noesi doing that again,” Cashman said. “I just think Noesi is a starter, so one way or another, that’s where he needs to be. I don’t want to waste his time as a long man if we can avoid it.”
Right now, Noesi is down in the Dominican Republic, being stretched out as a starter. His most recent outing came on Thursday, and at 6.2 innings, it was his longest of the winter. He took the loss that day — five hits, three runs, five strikeouts, no walks — but his numbers are still encouraging with a 2.66 ERA, 24 strikeouts and seven walks.
Noesi is sixth in the league in ERA, fifth in innings pitched and second in games started. He’s getting his work in, and that’s the point of him being down there. Between New York and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Noesi had 81 innings during the regular season. He’s now up to 40.2 innings in the Dominican, pushing him above 120 for the year. He’s thrown that many innings in a year only once before, and that was 2010 when he reached 160.
A few other notes from winter ball:
• Guess who leads the Mexican Winter League in home runs… Of course it’s Jorge Vazquez, who has 17 homers in 46 games. He’s also fourth in the league with a .354 batting average, third with a .417 on-base percentage and first with a .680 slugging percentage. Of course, his 53 strikeouts are the second-most in the league behind Victor Diaz who has a whopping 70.
• Designated for assignment earlier this week, Colin Curtis has eight hits in his past four games down in Venezuela. His slash line is up to .301/.396/.446 with two stolen bases and two home runs. He’s playing well in his first action since injuring his shoulder in spring training. Curtis has options remaining, so a team might claim him to add some left-handed outfield depth.
• Ramiro Pena went deep yesterday! The usually light-hitting shortstop is batting .270 and has three home runs in 20 games down in Mexico. He’s hitting especially well against lefties (.321/.387/.571).
• On Thursday, Pat Venditte went untaken in the Rule 5 draft. He also pitched two hitless innings that day. The switch-pitcher has 32 strikeouts and only two walks in 31 innings in Mexico this winter. He’s pitched at least two innings in seven of his past nine appearances.
• Playing in Puerto Rico, Double-A outfielder Ray Kruml has three hits in his past two games but is still batting just .220/.242/.305 through 20 games. He has four extra-base hits, two of them coming on Wednesday.
• You know who’s playing pretty well this winter? Organizational catcher Jose Gil. Finally invited to big league camp last year, Gil has turned in a .282/.338/.465 slash line down in Venezuela. It’s not enough to put him on the map, especially not in this catching-rich organization, but there’s no doubt he’s producing.
• Another small name from the organization who’s playing well this winter: Double-A shortstop Jose Pirela — coming off a fairly disappointing regular season — is hitting .308/.354/.424 while getting most of his time at second base down in Venezuela. He’s been hitting third for his team and he’s tied or second in the league with four triples.
Associated Press photo of Noesi