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    Nick Noonan || 2B || AA

    Nick Noonan


    Position: Second Base
    Age: 21
    Height: 6'0"
    Weight: 180
    Bats: LH
    Throws: RH
    Drafted: 2007 Supplemental Round, Pick #32 Overall
    School: Parker High School (San Diego, CA)

    Video of him before the draft here

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    This is his pre-draft scouting report from MLB.com, in 2007:

    • Noonan has the ability to hit for average and profiles as a leadoff or No. 2 hitter with excellent bat control and good idea at the plate.
    • Noonan doesn't have much power now. He may develop some, it's just a question of how much. At best, he's probably a 10-15 homer guy.
    • He can run with average to a tick above-average speed.
    • Noonan is a smart player all around, including maximizing his speed on the base paths.
    • There is a question whether Noonan will have enough arm to stay at shortstop, with second base being a more likely home as a pro.
    • Aside from his arm, Noonan is a pretty solid defensive infielder.
    • Noonan's speed allows him to have decent range.
    • He's got excellent instincts as an advanced, Southern California high school player.
    • Noonan is not the most physical guy in the world, but is an athletic, top-of-the-order middle infielder.
    • Healthy.
    • His strength is his bat. Noonan makes excellent consistent contact and has excellent plate discipline.
    • His weakness is his arm strength. He might get a shot to play short at the next level, but his arm may not play there long-term.
    • Regardless of whether Noonan can stay at short or has to move to second because of his arm, his bat will definitely play at the next level. With good instincts and approach, he's got the chance to be an intriguing table-setter.


    MiLB.com
    Baseball-intellect.com ranked Noonan as the Giants #8 prospect for the 2009 season:

    Body Type - athletic, projectable

    Scouting Report

    I like to contrast Noonan with Gillaspie as they are both very similar in rating. Noonan has positional value (for now), upside in terms of power potential, age, and defense on his side. Gillaspie is the safer bet and shows a better ability to make contact, but he doesn't have Noonan's upside. The tie breaker for me is plate discipline, which Noonan has displayed very little of in his two seasons as a professional. Both have good looking swings.

    Noonan showed at a young age he can handle full-season ball. He didn't excel, but he held his own. He wasn't a standout in any particular category...his average was solid, his power was OK (taking into account his age), and he didn't strike out too much, though it was on the high side.

    However, the plate discipline really stood out in a negative light...he walked just 5.4% of the time in the AZL in 2007 and just 4.5% of the time in the Sally last year. He will really have to improve that mark going forward.

    The Swing - Noonan owns a classic, pretty left handed swing--he carries his weight forward well, has a small loading of the hands, maintaining a short path to the ball, and let's the ball travel deep into his hitting zone.

    His power is limited at the moment, but by filling out his frame and perhaps by making a mechanical adjustment or two (increase his load slightly?), he could end up with 15 - 20 home run power.

    Defense - He played at second base all of last year as most felt his arm strength wasn't strong enough for shortstop. He shows good footwork and hands and should be an above average defensive player down the road. If needed, he could step in at shortstop.

    Speed - Only average speed, but he's an excellent base runner as evidenced by his career 47 stolen bases in 54 attempts (87%).

    Best Case Outcome - Above average everyday second baseman.

    More Likely Outcome - Average everyday second baseman...his worst case outcome is a utility player role
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    Last edited by Gigantes4Life; 07-30-2010 at 05:39 AM.

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    Statistics and Accolades


    Code:
    Year Team   League     AVG    G    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    TB    BB    SO    SB    CS     OBP     SLG     OPS
    2007    GIA    AZL    .316    52   206   33   65    11    4    3     40     93    12    20    18    3     .357    .451    .809

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