By this time in the spring season most rosters are almost set. There is only a little under a week to fill out the final few bench spots and maybe a bullpen spot or two. The San Francisco Giants gave Nick Noonan another chance to win a utility position on their roster and it appears that he will do just that. It isn’t a normal occurrence that a player gets optioned down and then called back up during the same spring training season. What made the Giants do such a thing with Noonan?
He isn’t a guy that is going to come off of the bench and hit a grand slam. Noonan only has thirty six career homers over his time in the minor leagues. His offense isn’t something that is a total loss though. He hits for a decent average with potential to hit better and scores more runs than he drives in. Offensively he might be someone that can come off of the bench to pinch-hit or pinch-run and find a way to score a run.
As with a lot of bench players that make rosters this time of year, Noonan has the ability to play several positions quite well. Most of his position spots carry a good fielding percentage and he shows the ability to make not only the normal play but also a few spectacular ones as well. Third base has been a bit of a step downward for him with a fielding percentage under the .900 mark.
Still, with his youth and his ability to play any infield position, Noonan will be a good addition to the Giants bench. Chances are you’ll see him come in late in a game and have an impact doing something simple and normal. The Giants are smart enough to know that players like Noonan do a lot to help you win championships.