Hector Noesi has been roughed up in 2012, but on Saturday he pitched a gem for Tacoma (Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE)

Prospect Pulse: August 18th, 2012 - Ricardo Nanita and Hector Noesi

The Prospect Pulse is a recap of some of the top performances in the minors from the previous day. Prospects are sorted by the league in which they play with their parent club listed in parentheses. In each of the 14 leagues this series follows I will select what I feel is the single best performance and may mix in a few “honorable” mentions as well. Then at the end of each days’ recap I will pick a hitter and pitcher of the day from among the 14+ players covered.

Appalachian League (Rk)

1B – D.J. Hicks, Elizabethton (Minnesota): 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB

Pioneer League (Rk)

CF – David Dahl, Grand Junction (Colorado): 3-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB

New York-Penn League (A-)

SS – Claudio Custodio, Staten Island (NY Yankees): 4-5, 2 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R

C – Jake DePew, Hudson Valley (Tampa Bay): 4-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

RHP – Andres Avila, Vermont (Oakland): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

Northwest League (A-)

RHP – Jose Valdespina, Spokane (Texas): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO

RHP – Jose Arias, Boise (Chicago Cubs): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO

Midwest League (A)

RF – Jorge Soler, Peoria (Chicago Cubs): 4-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB

RHP – Jeff Ferrell, West Michigan (Detroit): 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO

South Atlantic League (A)

DH – Alejandro Selen, Hickory (Texas): 4-5, 3 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, 2 R

2B – Ryan Goetz, Greensboro (Miami): 5-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, R

California League (A+)

2B – Taylor Lindsey, Inland Empire (LA Angels): 3-3, 2 2B, RBI, R, BB

Carolina League (A+)

CF – Keenyn Walker, Winston-Salem (Chicago White Sox): 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

RHP – Brooks Pounders, Wilmington (Kansas City): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO

Florida State League (A+)

C – Lucas Bailey, Charlotte (Tampa Bay): 3-4, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

RF – Marcell Ozuna, Jupiter (Miami): 3-4, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, BB

RHP – Jose Fernandez, Jupiter (Miami): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO

Eastern League (AA)

1B – Sean Ochinko, New Hampshire (Toronto): 4-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

LHP – Jacob Pettit, Bowie (Baltimore): 7.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO

Southern League (AA)

3B – Andy Gonzalez, Hunstville (Milwaukee): 2-2, HR, RBI, 4 R, 3 BB

RHP – Chase Anderson, Mobile (Arizona): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO

Texas League (AA)

1B – Jonathan Singleton, Corpus Christi (Houston): 4-6, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

RHP – Shawn Haviland, Midland (Oakland): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

International League (AAA)

CF – Denis Phipps, Louisville (Cincinnati): 3-4, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

RHP – Collin McHugh, Buffalo (NY Mets): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

LF – Ricardo Nanita, Las Vegas (Toronto): 4-5, 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R

Nanita is not a rising star, he’s not a prospect and he doesn’t really factor into the Jays future. However, the 31-year old is following up a fantastic 2011 where he hit 0.330/.378/.440 split between New Hampshire (AA) and Las Vegas with another strong season. Nanita is hitting 0.318/.365/.488 with 20 BB and 36 SO in 80 games for the 51s with 6 of his 11 HR on the season coming in his last 10 games.

Drafted by the White Sox in the 14th round of the 2003 draft, he’s now in his 10th minor league season and is still working to make his major league debut. Based on his performance since he joined the Blue Jays in 2009 – by way of the Mexican League – he’s earned at least a September cup of coffee.

RHP – Hector Noesi, Tacoma (Seattle): 7.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO

Noesi is a far more recognizable name than our esteemed hitter of the day. He has major league experience, has been involved in a blockbuster trade and at 25-years old still has a chance to carve out a long and productive career in the majors.

That said, Seattle clearly wasn’t expecting him to struggle so much after they acquired from the Yankees this season in the Jesus Montero deal. In 2011 Noesi pitched at a near league average level with a 96 ERA+ but has been unable to build upon that. In 17 starts with the parent club his ERA+ is just 66 this season and he’s scuffled in his time with Tacoma this year as well. Since being demoted to Triple-A in July, Noesi has a 5.87 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and a 10.0 H/9 in 46.0 innings of work. Of his 8 starts, Saturday’s was by far his best and the first in which he allowed fewer than two earned runs.

Tags: Hector Noesi Las Vegas 51s Ricardo Nanita Seattle Mariners Tacoma Rainiers Toronto Blue Jays

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