His first Double-A game was on the road against Portland and his performance raised some doubt. In an unimpressive outing, he gave up 5 runs in 6 innings, striking out only 4 in a no-decision. So was he just an older pitcher dominating younger inexperienced batters at the High-A level? Well after his next 2 starts, the stats we have become accustomed to reappeared. He earned 2 wins by pitching 13 innings, giving up only 2 earned runs to lower his ERA to 3.32, while striking out 14. As usual the control specialist limited his walks, allowing 3.
As a result of his recent performances, Noesi has been named the Eastern League pitcher of the week. This gives the Thunder back to back players to win weekly honors after third baseman Brandon Laird won the award last week. The 23 year old Noesi is definitely a pitcher to keep an eye on. He could be moving quickly through the system.