SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Seattle pitcher Hector Noesi might be more than just the other guy’ in the New York Yankees-Mariner trade that sent Michael Pineda to the Bronx.
Noesi pitched seven-hit, one-run ball Wednesday over seven innings — his longest outing of the spring — as Seattle finished its Cactus League schedule with a 7-2 victory.
Noesi will slide into the No. 3 spot in the Mariners’ rotation.
“Frankly, I didn’t know what to expect — but I thought he was very poised out there,” Seattle manger Eric Wedge said. “He showed us he can be very competitive at this level. I think to some he might have exceeded expectations.”
Noesi started two games late in 2011 for the Yankees before he was part of the Decmeber trade that sent him to Seattle with standout catching prospect Jesus Montero for pitchers Pineda and Jose Campos.
Against the Rockies, the 25-year old right-hander was in near complete control only twice allowing two runners in an inning. He walked none and struck out three.
“I felt great out there,” said Nosei. “My game is not a strikeout game, I don’t try for that. I’m OK if they hit the ball.’
Next up: a start against the American League champion Rangers in Texas.
“I don’t have choice — that’s who comes up on the schedule,” he said. “I’ll pitch and they will hit. That’s the game.”
Seattle had a big at the plate. Chone Figgins had a pair of triples and drove in three runs, John Jaso had three hits including a two-RBI double in the five run fourth inning. Ichiro Suzuki and Michael Saunders each had a pair of hits.
“We’re young, but we’re starting to put some things together,” said Wedge, whose team had 16 hits in a loss the day before. “Now we’ve got to work on being consistent.”
It was rough end to the spring for Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin. He gave up only two hits through three and two-two innings before he was rocked for six straight hits including a pair of doubles and Figgins first triple.
The Rockies added 49-year-old left-hander Jamie Moyer to the active roster. He gets a $1.1 million, one-year contract and the chance to earn $2 million more in performance bonuses based on innings: $100,000 for 140, $200,000 each for 150 and 160, $250,000 apiece for 170 and 180, $300,000 each for 190 and 200, and $400,000 for 210.
Moyer earned a spot in the rotation as a non-roster invite.