For even the most prepared front offices, there will inevitably be some last-minute preparations before a home opener, as will be the case at Waterfront Park before you go through the turnstiles later tonight. Little did he know, Brian Cashman just gave them something else to do.
On the concourse behind home plate, right across the door from the press box, an oversized Trenton Thunder “Road To The Majors” plaque is proudly displayed. The way they do it, which you may or may not agree with, is that any player who had previous Major League experience or gets to the big leagues after having played for the Thunder get their name on there. I think I’d rather showcase the players whose road is closer to the beginning than the end (rehabs aside), but that’s just me.
Anyway, I can bury the lede because you already know the story…former Thunder pitcher Hector Noesi was called up to The Bronx yesterday, and becomes the latest in an impressive line of players to have used Trenton as a stepping stone to the show.
Noesi joined the Thunder about two months into last season, and made 17 appearances for Trenton. He posted an 8-4 record with a 3.10 ERA, including two complete games and one shutout. In 98 2/3 innings, he struck out 86 and walked just 18. He made one start with Scranton this season, but did not factor into the decision.
As of now, no move has been made to replace Noesi on the Scranton roster or in the rotation.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com