It blows me away that they had a choice, and selected Noesi over Nova (if the rumors are true).
=== Gopheritis ===
Another guy with a hot fastball who went through an arm injury and was literally disinterested in what the dude at the plate was doing. "Fastball, fastball, high f...hey, he hit that one outta here. Weird. Anyway, fastball..."
I think Noesi is Baek again. It doesn't mean he'll STAY Baek (ha), but the mental side of the game is huge, and Noesi doesn't have it. Can he get it? I suppose...but how do you teach a killer instinct and the ability to bear down with RISP to a guy who's never shown any inclination to do so?
Maybe the pen and being limited to two pitches will help, but would you want him in to add gasoline to a fire when there are runners on base late in a tight game? Ugh.
I agree with Grumpy, I about fell out of my chair when Chuck Armstrong said in Spring Training that we had our choice of Nova or Noesi and we went with Hector. That looks like a huge, huge mistake. I would have taken Nova on makeup alone, even before seeing Noesi's lack of the same.
But I was impressed in ST that we thought that much of Noesi. I've been cured of that. Somebody teach him a new pitch and/or a new approach and we'll see what happens, but that's gonna have to happen in the minors.
Placeholder seasons - aren't we done with those yet? If we could get our youth to perform, maybe we could be. I put up an article on that a couple hours ago Guess the frustration is building in both of us, Doc.
I wonder if we can send him back to the Yanks for Campos.
For guys with Noesi's Home Run problem. Scott Baker, David Hernandez, Gavin Floyd, and Homer Bailey all had similar rough beginnings upon landing in the majors after getting hype and mostly zipping through the minors. So at least it's possible for Noesi to figure it out, the problem is the fact that there are (literally) hundreds of guys who never do get over giving up the long ball, several of them bounced around the majors for a few years while teams tried to make them work, but there is an (not really) amazing failure rate for guys that achieve the majors and give up 1.75+ HR/9.