While we’re all waiting on the Milwaukee Brewers to announce a transaction regarding Ryan Braun, the club completed a rather minor, unrelated deal. Slingin’ David Stearns reportedly sent minor league infielder Nick Noonan to the Miami Marlins, receiving cash considerations in return.
Noonan, who turned 28 a week ago, signed a minor league deal with the Brewers this past winter. His stay with the organization wound up being quite brief, however. Noonan had been serving as a reserve player for AAA Colorado Springs, finding action in only 10 games and batting .212/.235/.333 (45 wRC+) with a homer and a steal in 34 plate appearances. He spent time at second base, third base, and shortstop.
Noonan was once considered a top prospect in the Giants’ organization, but has failed to gain a footing in the big leagues. He’s appeared in 83 games over parts of three seasons, compiling a .193/.239/.234 (29 wRC+) with one home run in 155 plate appearances with the Giants and Padres.
Noonan faced an unclear path to playing time with Milwaukee, but the Marlins have suffered a myriad of injuries to their infield recently. Martin Prado, Miguel Rojas, and Adeiny Hechevarria all went on the disabled list this week. Noonan will report to the Marlins’ AAA affiliate in New Orleans, where he’ll be in line to receive more regular playing time and could potentially factor into the MLB infield at some point in the year.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs