25-Year-Old Shortstop – Los Angeles Angels
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Fontana struggled mightily for Triple-A Fresno in 2016. He struck out 108 times in 407 plate appearances, a bad sign considering making contact had been his calling card earlier in his career. He hasn...
Fontana was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Tuesday.
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Los Angeles Angels Roster
MajorsAdams, Austin (P)
AABuckel, Cody (P)
A+Baldoquin, Roberto (SS)
ABarria, Jaime (P)
RookieGarcia, Julio (SS)
Nolan Fontana: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
In last year's full season with Triple-A Fresno, Fontana hit .241/.369/.357 with three home runs, 40 RBI, and a 99:74 K:BB over 117 games. While he may have a future in the big leagues as a utility infielder with an advanced feel for the strike zone, the 24-year-old obviously lacks power and speed and should not be on fantasy radars outside of super deep dynasty formats that score based on OBP instead batting average.
Fontana took the next step forward in his development with Double-A Corpus Christi last season, but suffered a broken pinky finger that required surgery and forced him to miss an extended period. Despite the injury, the 23-year-old middle infielder posted his third straight season with an OBP higher than .415 thanks to an incredibly-high 20.0% walk rate. His power disappeared (one home run) and he was caught stealing more often than he was successful (5-of-13), but it's clear Fontana has a future in the big leagues at least as a utility infielder who has an advanced feel for the strike zone.
Fontana, the Astros' second-round pick in 2012, spent his first full season at High-A Lancaster, where he hit .259/.415/.399 with a 102:100 BB:K ratio over 104 games. While the 22-year-old has an advanced approach at the plate, he lacks power in his bat (eight home runs) and is known more for his prowess on defense. A promotion to Double-A is likely this season and how Fontana performs there offensively should give us better insight into his future as a regular major league starter or utility option.