Players begin the climb to the top of the Mount Olympus that is the Player of the Month, starting right here in the first MLPW of June.

Minor League Players of the Week:

Pitcher:
Hector Noesi, 23, RHP, AA
13 IP, 14 K, 3 BB, 9 H, 2 ER

Previous wins: Week(s): 1, 5 – Month(s): May

As you can see from his figurative trophy case above, Florida State League hitters are happy that they won’t be seeing Hector Noesi anymore. In his first start in AA, back on May 22nd, Noesi got knocked around for five runs. It was reasonable to assume that Noesi might need a little bit of time to adjust to the hitters at the AA level. We can safely say that period lasted all of one start. In his second game at Trenton, Noesi gave up exactly zero earned runs, then, in only his third official start, Noesi struck out ten batters over seven frames while surrendering two runs. His performance this year has done a lot to assuage the loss of Arodys Vizcaino, while giving us something to talk about while Manny Banuelos recovers from appendicitis. Noesi is already making his case for taking his second Pitcher of the Month award.

Position Player:
Jorge Vasquez, 28, RHB 1B, AA
.440/.462/.520 in 26 PAs

For those who are unfamiliar with Jorge Vasquez, the Yankees signed him in December of 2008 out of the Mexican League, in which he played in for nine years, starting when he was only 18. Last year at Trenton he mashed to the tune of .329/.357/.578 with 13 HRs, leading the Thunder in OPS largely by way of the power that has long been his calling card (.249 isoP in 2009, .269 career). His debut this season was delayed by an injury, but it didn’t keep him from starting strong as you can see.

Given his performance last season, AAA wasn’t out of the question for Vasquez, but the injury coupled with lack of room at Scranton made a repeat at Trenton inevitable. The Thunder lineup is ridiculous with Jorge’s return, sporting a 3-4-5 of Austin Romine (.830 OPS), Brandon Laird (.873) and Vasquez (.982 in 6 games). When David Adams (.900) returns from his own health issues, the Yankee’s AA affiliate is going to have some serious firepower.

Honorable Mentions:

Andrew Brackman 24, RHP, A+
5 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 3H, 0 ER
Continued control from Brackman.

Corban Joseph, 21, RHB 2B, A+
.333/.579/.417 in 19 PAs
7 walks in 4 games = plate discipline.

David Phelps, 23, RHP, AA
7 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 4 H, 0 ER
Unheralded hurler has been great (2.21 ERA since 2009).

Jose Pirela, 20, RHB SS, A+
.353/.421/.588 in 25 PAs
Brutal start to the season for Pirela (.568 OPS).