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Noel Arguelles | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 226
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Nationals signed LHP Noel Arguelles to a minor league contract.
Arguelles signed with Kansas City out of Cuba in 2010 for $7 million, but he posted a 5.47 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and 5.4 K/9 across 362 innings in the Royals' minor league system, never making it above Double-A. The 26-year-old left-hander is doubtful to suddenly figure it all out with the Nationals. Apr 27 - 10:05 AM

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Royals released LHP Noel Arguelles.

The Royals invested $7 million in the Cuban defector in 2010, but he never came close to reaching expectations. Arguelles just turned 25 in January, but it remains to be seen how much interest he'll receive given his 5.59 ERA and 255/237 K/BB ratio over 407 1/3 career minor league innings.
Fri, Mar 27, 2015 01:42:00 PM

Royals sent LHP Noel Arguelles outright to Triple-A Omaha.

Arguelles cleared waivers after being designated for assignment one week ago. The 23-year-old had a lot of hype after signing with the Royals back in 2010, but he has failed to live up to expectations. He had a 5.73 ERA this year in the minors.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 02:13:00 PM

Royals designated LHP Noel Arguelles for assignment.

The move was made Wednesday to clear a 40-man roster spot in anticipation of December's Rule 5 Draft. Arguelles, 23, had a 5.73 ERA this year in the minors.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 05:59:00 PM

Royals activated LHP Noel Arguelles from the 60-day disabled list.

The move was made so that Arguelles can pitch in the Arizona Fall League. The 23-year-old Cuban defector posted a 5.93 ERA across 71 1/3 frames this season while missing a big chunk of time with a groin ailment.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 03:18:00 PM

Royals transferred LHP Noel Arguelles to the 60-day disabled list.

The 23-year-old Cuban defector has managed to move himself completely off the prospect radar over the last two seasons, going 5-22 with a 6.23 ERA in 190 2/3 innings at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Arguelles is still young, but the Royals may decide to do without him on the 40-man roster next year. Kansas City signed the southpaw to an ill-fated five-year, $7 million contract in 2010.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 02:56:00 PM

Royals optioned LHP Noel Arguelles from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

The 23-year-old Cuban defector has failed to live up to expectations to this point in his Royals career. He posted a 6.41 ERA over 25 starts at the Double-A level in 2012, and clearly needs much more seasoning before he's even a consideration for the big league roster.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 09:00:00 PM

Royals recalled LHP Noel Arguelles from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

A Cuban defector, Arguelles hasn't exactly worked out for the Royals, as he posted a 6.41 ERA this season. He's obviously not close to making an impact.
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 02:48:00 PM

The Royals have optioned pitching prospect Noel Arguelles from Single-A Wilmington to the Arizona Rookie League after the left reached his innings limit for the season.

The Royals signed the Cuban defector to a five-year, $7 million contract last January before he missed all of last year while recovering from shoulder surgery. The demoted effectively ends his season, as he posted a 3.20 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 64/24 K/BB ratio over 104 innings for Wilmington in his first taste of pro ball. "It was a great year for him," said Scott Sharp, the club’s director of minor-league operations. "But he’s been throwing a long time. We think he’s had enough innings."
Sun, Aug 14, 2011 01:11:00 PM

Royals optioned LHP Noel Arguelles to Single-A Wilmington.

Arguelles is currently working his way back from shoulder surgery and has yet to throw his first professional pitch. The Cuban left-hander signed a five-year, $7 million contract with the Royals last January.
Mon, Mar 7, 2011 07:17:00 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that prospect left-hander Noel Arguelles (shoulder) is on schedule to face live hitters during the next few weeks.

Arguelles missed the entire 2010 season with a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery last August. The Cuban defector already has a couple bullpen sessions under his belt and expects to throw another one this week. "I'm feeling so much better and it feels great to be throwing again," said Arguelles. "I'm really hoping that I will be able to start the season completely healthy. I'll pitch where the team wants me to pitch. I know they are taking care of me and will decide what is best." Arguelles has yet to throw his first professional pitch since signing a five-year, $7 million contract with the Royals last January.
Tue, Feb 22, 2011 04:40:00 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost was impressed with Noel Arguelles' (shoulder) bullpen session Friday.

The Cuban defector missed the entire 2010 season with a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery, but he's on the road to recovery. "He's coming along great -- really, really good," Yost said. "His whole demeanor is totally different than it was last spring. I don't know if he was battling through it (sore shoulder), but he feels good and he's on his way." Signed to a five-year, $7 million contract last January, Arguelles is an intriguing talent that could be added to the embarrassment of riches in the Royals' farm system if he shows he's over his shoulder woes.
Fri, Feb 18, 2011 09:23:00 PM

Royals GM Dayton Moore said that Noel Arguelles (shoulder surgery) should be able to begin throwing by early January.

Arguelles had surgery last month to repair the labrum in his left shoulder. The Royals signed the highly-regarded Cuban defector for nearly $7 million in January, but he has yet to pitch in the minor leagues due to the shoulder issue. Moore says the team has no regrets about signing him. "We were comfortable with the physical exams," Moore said. "It's just one of those things. The good news is he's young and strong, and we're confident he's going to overcome it."
Fri, Sep 17, 2010 09:53:00 PM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said that prospect left-hander Noel Arguelles has "another two weeks" in his recovery program from shoulder tendinitis.

Arguelles was shut down due to a sore shoulder earlier this month. The Cuban left-hander, who was signed to a five-year, $7 million contract in January, has yet to make his professional debut.
Mon, Jun 21, 2010 05:56:00 PM

Royals prospect left-hander Noel Arguelles has been shut down due to a sore shoulder.

Arguelles hasn't yet thrown his first professional pitch since signing a five-year, $7 million contract with the Royals is January. "But he's seen two different doctors and everybody thinks he's going to be fine," general manager Dayton Moore said Friday. The team is still holding out hope that the promising southpaw will be able to make his minor league debut this season.
Fri, Jun 4, 2010 09:14:00 PM

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