Noesi Working The Curve

Noesi struck out five in his first game with Tampa

The development of his curveball allowed Hector Noesi to experience his first success in the long-season leagues with the Charleston Riverdogs this season. It's also the primary reason why he was promoted to Tampa and he says he's still working on it.

Along with his promotion, Tampa Yankee pitcher Hector Noesi brings along a much more developed curveball.

In Charleston, Noesi posted a 2.38 ERA with 78 strikeouts. He's only had one outing in Tampa so far in which he had five strikeouts, six hits and three earned runs.

His mid-70's curveball is already a strikeout pitch, but he feels it's still lacking consistency. He said the needed improvement won't take long though.

"It's almost there. It will be there tomorrow," he said smiling.

While Noesi thinks there's still room for improvement, others have noticed the advancement in his pitch.

"I was impressed with his curveball," said Tampa Yankee catcher Austin Romine. "He's stubborn in a good way. He knows he can throw it good and if he doesn't, he knows he wants to throw it again. He wants to prove he can do it and he can."

Romine said Noesi's pitch was "outstanding" and he struck out "a lot of people" with it.

Tampa Pitching Coach Greg Pavlick said Noesi's curveball didn't break just right in his first outing, but it was "an isolated night."

"He has a good curveball," Pavlick said. "I've seen it in the bullpen."

Noesi also throws a 94 mph fastball, 87 mph two-seamer and a changeup in the lower 80's.

"I've been trying hard and putting my mind to it," Noesi said.

Noesi found out about his promotion during one of his outings in Charleston. He said the coach promised him $40 if he would pitch three or four innings.

"After the second inning, he said, ‘no more,'" Noesi said. "I said, ‘Why!' [The coach] said, ‘because you're going to Tampa.'"

It's been Noesi's faith and mindset that he feels has gotten him to this point.

"First all of believe in God and put everything you've got into the game," he said.

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