Originally written on Seed Spitters  |  Last updated 5/5/13
Picimg_milb_apr_22_28e9
The Giants have about 20+ returning players this year as fans are getting whiffs of deja vu, but with a shallow farm system, rookie infielder Nick Noonan has gotten some playing time in the big leagues. After being drafted in the first round of the 2007 amateur draft as pick No. 32, Noonan has played his fair share of minor league baseball. Six years in the Giants minor system, Noonan has averaged a .267 batting average to go along with 36 homers and 305 RBIs. While those numbers don’t stand out from other prospects around the league, Noonan impressed coaches and earned the final spot on the roster out of spring training this season. Along with the hot spring, his 142-game career in Fresno is quite impressive. A . 297 average with  10 home runs, a .342 on-base percentage and a .762 OPS in triple-A was by far his best output at any level… Until he joined the San Francisco Giants. In just 32 plate appearances this season, Noonan has already solidified himself as a useful back-up to the aging Marco Scutaro at second base. In those few at-bats, he has nine hits (about a .300 average), five runs, two RBIs and a walk. What isn’t taken into account is his ability to have good-looking at-bats. Nearly 42 percent of the pitches he puts in play are line drives and roughly 80 percent of balls in play are hit up the middle. Not to mention, he goes at least four pitches deep into the count 58 percent of the time. There’s little to be gauged from his performance thus far due to the small sample size, but from what he has shown this season, he has a lot of potential. The Giants have two weak links in their organization: left field and second base. Granted, Gregor Blanco is playing average baseball and Scutaro saved this team in the playoffs last year, but there are concerns. Scutaro turns 38 years old in October and by the time his contract is up he will be 40. He is batting only .240 in 104 at-bats and has only driven in four runs, but is this a common phase for him? Through 28 games last season with Colorado, Scutaro had just a .266/.316/.330 line with no homers and only one RBI. He ended up with a .306 average with seven home runs and 71 RBIs in the regular season and led all MLB players (tied with Pablo Sandoval) in hits last postseason with 26 in just 15 games. There is no doubt Scutaro is a valuable player to the Giants – he will start most games for them at second base this year. The Giants have Joe Panik a few years away hitting in double-A as the future second baseman, but Noonan can provide a good stopgap between the final years of Scutaro to the rookie season of Panik. Until then, I would expect him to play roughly the same amount of games Brandon Belt played his rookie season (63) while the aged veteran (in Belt’s case, Aubrey Huff) gets the bulk of the playing time.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jason Kidd to be named general manager of Bucks

USWNT romps Japan 5-2 to win third Women's World Cup title

Report: JPP 'severely injured' hand in fireworks mishap

Blatter: European politicians helped Qatar land World Cup

Report: Cavs considering trading for Joe Johnson

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Andrew Quarless found hiding in plant after firing gun

Odell Beckham: I don't want to be known only for 'the catch'

Borland on retirement: Health 'more important' than money

Three NBA teams that improved most early in offseason

Adam Eaton gets 4th of July surprise from brother

Clippers in talks with JaVale McGee, Amar’e Stoudemire

MLB teams who will continue to disappoint in the second half

2015 All-Star starters announced, featuring four Royals

WATCH: Jake Marisnick makes fantastic running catch

WATCH: Carlos Gomez leaves gum, note for Billy Hamilton

Kansas to wear new USA jerseys after request from FIBA

What can the Saints expect from CJ Spiller in 2015?

Isaiah Thomas trolls Kings after Rajon Rondo signing

Kosta Koufos agrees to deal with Kings

Report: Blues in trade talks about Kevin Shattenirk

Report: Gregg Popovich plans to fulfill five-year contract

4-Star LB commits to Kentucky, zings Louisville

Clay Buchholz not worried about trade rumors

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

2015 All-Star starters announced

JPP injured in fireworks mishap?

Odell Beckham doesn't want to be known for 'the catch'

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.