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Tony Abreu has the inside track for the final reserve infield spot on the roster.
The Giants' infield is set with Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Crawford, Marco Scutaro and Brandon Belt. The top reserve utility infielder is Joaquin Arias. This leaves one more job available.
The final reserve infield spot will likely come down to Tony Abreu, Nick Noonan or Ehire Adrianza.
Barring injury, Abreu looks to have the edge. He is the most experienced, with parts of five seasons in the big leagues. In addition, Abreu is the most accomplished hitter of the three players battling for that coveted job.
In 2013, Abreu got 138 at-bats and hit .268, with two home runs, 14 RBI and 21 runs scored. His OBP was only .301, but his OPS was a solid .743.
Abreu battled a balky knee last year, and if that flares up again, it could open the door a lot wider for Noonan or Adrianza.
Defensively, both Noonan and Adrianza are better than Abreu. However, there is a large gap offensively, with Abreu holding a sizable edge.
Noonan had 105 at-bats with the Giants in 2013. He hit only .219, with an OBP of .261 and OPS of .499. Noonan is a career .266 hitter in 2,610 minor league at-bats.
If Noonan wants to win the job, his hitting must improve.
The same can be said about Adrianza. His career average in the minors is only .248. He will need to prove he can hit major league pitching if he has any chance of winning a job.