Jul 30, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Hector Noesi (48) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
As we all know, earlier this week Hector Noesi and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a one-year, $1.95 million deal for the 2015 season, and if Noesi can show some more progression, it could be a steal for the White Sox in ’15.
Noesi will most likely be battling for the No. 4 or 5 spot in the starting rotation or be a long reliever in the bullpen, but either way this deal didn’t break the bank of the White Sox, so if he does pitch past projections, this will work out nicely for the Good Guys.
The White Sox wrote in a press release this week:
"“Noesi, 28, combined to go 8-12 with a 4.75 ERA (91 ER/172.1 IP) in a career-high 33 games (27 starts) between the White Sox, Texas and Seattle in 2014. He began last season with Seattle, was traded to Texas on April 12, designated for assignment on April 22 and claimed off waivers by Chicago on April 25. Noesi, 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, is 12-27 with a 5.16 ERA (219 ER/363.2 IP) in 97 career games (48 starts) with the Yankees (2011), Seattle (2012-14), Texas (2014) and the White Sox (2014).”"
As for his ’15 projections, here are a couple different projections for Noesi as ’15 continues to get closer:
• Steamer: 8-12 record, 144.0 IP, 5.05 ERA, 123 strikeouts
• RotoChamp: 10-10 record, 174 IP, 4.60 ERA, 124 strikeouts
I tend to agree more towards what RotoChamp is predicting for Noesi in ’15. I don’t see his ERA over 5.00 this season, and if he does become a starter in ’15, there is a good chance he could win 10 games this season with the new and improved White Sox offense most likely giving him some run support.
The 6-3, 205-pound, Noesi has only had one season with the White Sox, and with a second season under the coaching of Don Cooper, there is a good chance Noesi will be an improved pitcher every fifth day.
Plus, this season he’s really going to have to prove it because there will be some competition at spring training with the likes of Carlos Rodon taking part in his first professional spring training with the White Sox.
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Rodon can possibly be the fifth starter if he really impresses the White Sox front office and coaching staff, or he might end up in the bullpen and take the Chris Sale route in the majors.
The White Sox might also just keep Rodon at Triple-A Charlotte, but any way you look at it, Noesi will be having some competition this spring, and competition is a good thing when it comes to the back end of the rotation for the ’15 season.
What do you think, White Sox fans? Do you want Noesi to be in the starting rotation, or would you feel more comfortable with him coming out of the bullpen in ’15?
Let us know your thoughts.