Yankees right-hander Hector Noesi struck out a career-high 13 hitters over six innings for his Florida State League-leading fourth victory as Class A Advanced Tampa beat Dunedin, 7-4, on Thursday.
Noesi (4-1) broke his previous career high of 10 strikeouts, which he set on April 13 in a win over Clearwater. He's fanned 32 batters in 27 innings this season.
The 23-year-old right-hander, who is a member of New York's 40-man roster, is off to another great start in 2010 after he began the 2009 campaign with 27 2/3 scoreless innings for Class A Charleston. He's allowed two runs or fewer in four of his five starts this season and has walked just two batters.
Noesi struck out four over the first two innings before striking out the side in the third. He fanned two in the fourth, struck out the side again in the fifth and added one final K in the sixth.
He allowed an unearned run in the sixth when Jon Del Campo reached on an error and scored on John Barron's double. The righty gave up just two hits and did not walk a batter.
The Dominican prospect whiffed 118 batters in 117 innings last season between Charleston and Tampa, finishing the year 6-4 with a 2.92 ERA in 26 outings. Wednesday's start was perhaps his most dominating since he struck out seven and walked one over seven hitless frames on May 13, 2009, for Charleston.
A South Atlantic League All-Star in 2009, Noesi was named the Florida State League's Pitcher of the Week on April 19.
Signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted 17-year-old free agent on Dec. 3, 2004, Noesi spent his first two seasons in the Dominican Summer and Gulf Coast leagues before sitting out the first 50 games of 2007 for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
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