Nick Noonan and Roger Kieschnick Optioned To Triple-A Fresno

By Denise Walos

The Giants have optioned Nick Noonan and Roger Kieschnick to Triple-A this morning. They will report to minor league camp next week.

Feb 26, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics Billy Burns (19) safely slides into second base in front of San Francisco Giants Nick Noonan (21) at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Noonan has had a decent spring so far but he has a lot of competition. Noonan has been overshadowed by Ehire Adrianza‘s amazing spring plus Adrianza could also move to shortstop when Crawford needs a day off.

Adrianza has hit 2 HRs, one from each side of the plate, with a .250 batting average and is also out of options which means he would have to clear waivers before being assigned to Triple-A Fresno. And with the way he’s been playing lately it would be unlikely he would clear waivers.

The Giants also signed Joaquin Arias and Tony Abreu in the off-season so our depth at 2B and the infield is covered even if Scutaro can’t start the season. Arias has been phenomenal (as usual) and is batting .391. He hit a walk-off single on Wednesday against the White Sox. Abreu is batting only .200 and has made a few defensive mistakes this spring that won’t be overlooked. My guess is if anyone else goes, Abreu would be next.

Kieschnick is batting .130 this spring and with the addition of Michael Morse, Gregor Blanco as 4th outfielder and Juan Perez doing so well in Spring Training, there was no need to keep Kieschnick up in the big leagues. At least he’ll get more playing time in Triple-A camp.

Mar 13, 2014; Surprise, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Roger Kieschnick (22) hits a broken-bat RBI single during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Below are other moves made so far this month by the Giants.