25-Year-Old Shortstop – Houston Astros
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
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 in...
Fontana was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Sunday, Brad McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Houston Astros Roster
MajorsAltuve, Jose (2B)
AAAAplin, Andrew (OF)
AADavis, J.D. (3B)
AAbreu, Albert (P)
RookieAdcock, Brett (P)
Nolan Fontana: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.