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Nick Noonan

#76 | SS
Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics
Nick Noonan
Name: Nicholas Murphy Noonan
Born: May 4, 1989 in Poway, Calif. USA
High School: Parker HS, San Diego
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 185 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (32nd overall) by the San Francisco Giants in 2007 (signed for $915,750)
If Noonan makes it across the country to play at Clemson, scouts will be surprised. He offers one of the most polished bats in the draft and had emerged as San Diego's top prep prospect, evoking comparisons to Phillies star Chase Utley. While he's not likely to hit for as much power as the former UCLA star, Noonan resembles Utley as an above-average lefthanded bat who profiles best at second base. Noonan has plenty of baseball savvy, first and foremost at the plate. He stays balanced, trusts his hands and makes consistent hard contact. Overmatched earlier in his career with wood, Noonan has made adjustments in his swing and shows excellent aptitude. While he's just an average runner, he's a good baserunner and basestealer, and he's a solid defender thanks to good hands and sound footwork. While he doesn't have flashy tools, he's one of the steadiest players in this draft class. A prep shortstop, his fringe-average arm and range profile better on the right side of the bag, and he has more than enough bat to make the move.
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