White Sox AAA Pitcher of July: SP Hector Noesi


When the Chicago White Sox designated Hector Noesi for assignment in mid-June, it was no surprise to see the right-hander past through waivers unclaimed. During his time with the club, he struggled keeping the ball in the yard, walked too many batters and when he wasn’t starting, was worse as a reliever.

With no use for him in the bullpen and a rookie on the rise in Carlos Rodon, it was just a matter of time for the move to be made.

Since then, Noesi has found a home with the White Sox Triple-A club and is pitching well.

He made his season debut on July 11th with two innings of scoreless relief allowing two hits and striking out three.

For the entire month, he made four appearances (three starts) posting a record of 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 23 strike outs in 20 innings. Opponents have hit just .162 against him.

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Noesi’s most impressive outing came in his last start.

On July 29th, he picked up the win against the Louisville Bats (Reds AAA affiliate) behind seven strong innings, five hits, two earned runs, no walks and nine strike outs.

Hoesi is slated to start the Knights’ next game Tuesday night against the Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays AAA affiliate).

Honorable mention

Apr 19, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Kyle Drabek (51) pitches against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Drabek has gone from top prospect to failed major leaguer over the last couple of seasons. This year however, he has found a home with the White Sox Triple-A staff and has been one of their most consistent pitchers.

In July, Drabek is 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 30 innings. Opponents are hitting .222 against him in the five starts he made.

He also has a streak of six consecutive quality starts.

His best outing of the month came in a July 6th victory against the Gwinnett Braves (Braves AAA affiliate). Drabek scatters six hits across six innings and allowed just one run (unearned) with no walks and three strikeouts.

For the season, Drabek is 5-6 with a 2.71 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 96.1 innings. In 17 starts, opponents have hit .221 against him.

AAA notes

Scott Carroll has been the most versatile player in the White Sox organization this season. He has been back and forth between the majors and minors and pitched well at both levels. In July with Charlotte, he held a 2.45 ERA in four starts…. Nate Jones, once deemed the White Sox closer of the future, is on his way to recovery from numerous injuries over the last two seasons. In six appearances at Charlotte thus far, he holds a 1.42 ERA…. Speaking of closers, Zach Phillips was touched up a bit last night but performed well closing out games in July. The left-hander made nine relief appearances and posted a 2.89 ERA and went 4-5 in save opportunities.

Next: Micah Johnson, White Sox AAA player of July

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