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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.
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I really need to start writing these posts when the ideas pop into my head. If I had, maybe I'd have beaten the Giants to the punch when they sent Hector Sanchez down to Fresno. Luckily, I use Twitter as an extension of my brain's thoughts. Unlike my brain, Twitter comes with a time and date stamp:
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The hated Dodgers came to town this weekend, and looked to end the Giants winning streak. However, they weren’t able to leave San Francisco with any wins. The San Francisco Giants swept them right out of town, and are in the midst of a six game winning streak! They’ve also already swept a series from every team in the NL West!
Prior to the start of the Dodgers series...
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The San Francisco Giants have recalled outfielder Francisco Peguero from Triple-A Fresno to serve as bench depth for the outfield and some right-handed pop. To make room for him on the parent roster, the Giants have optioned catcher Hector Sanchez to the same minor league affiliate.
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From their legendary game promotions to their response to #RandomActsofOpeningDay to, oh yeah, Metallica Night...the San Francisco Giants are making it hard not to root for them. Friday night the World Champs celebrated the Bay-area Rock and Roll Hall of Famers with a slew of Metallica-related stunts...free hats, Metallica guitars and hair metal-themed player pictures. And of...
The San Francisco Giants probably didn't need anymore help in sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, but they wouldn't have had a problem with Angel Pagan joining in on the fun Sunday. Pagan sat with a sore hamstring Sunday afternoon, and he may miss the team's series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle...
Matt Cain turns in best outing of the season in Sunday win over Los Angeles, allowing one run in 7.1 innings of work while proving he's still got plenty of gas in his right arm.
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The San Francisco Giants extended a streak from ten games to eleven in which a Giants’ starting pitcher has not earned a victory with their 10-9 extra inning victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The streak , dating back to April 21 when Barry Zito beat the San Diego Padres, is the longest span without a victory dating back to August 4-18, 2010 (a span of 14 games).
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Leadoff hitter Andres Torres had three hits for San Francisco while Marco Scutaro had two hits and scored twice. The Giants extended their season-high...
The Giants finally won a game without bringing it down to their final at-bat and without a walk-off celebration at home plate.
Following the walk-off homer by reigning NL MVP Buster Posey on Friday night, and the improbable hero in Guillermo Quiroz on Saturday night, the Giants put the Dodgers away again Sunday evening in another one-run contest.
This time, though, they didn’t...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Pinch hitter Guillermo Quiroz homered with one out in the 10th inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 10-9 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.
The Giants blew a 5-0 lead and wasted a bases-loaded opportunity in the ninth before Quiroz hit an 0-2 pitch from Dodgers closer Brandon League (0-1) into the left field stands. Quiroz pumped his...
Heading into Sunday’s series finale, the Giants have won 1,194 of the 2,361 games in the all-time series. The Dodgers have taken 1,167. In their 123 years of intra-league competition, the Giants have finished with a better record at seasons-end 64 times. The Dodgers, 59 times. The Giants own 22 National League pennants. The Dodgers have 21.
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