Nolan Fontana
Nolan Fontana
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The 26-year-old Fontana reached the major leagues for the first time in 2017, cracking one home run (his lone hit) in 20 at-bats. Fontana will fight for the utility infielder job in spring training, though the offseason acquisitions by the Angels figure to keep Fontana down to start the year. If Fontana ends up finding some playing time, he could have value in OBP leagues, as his career OBP in the minors is .382. He has a bit of speed as well, but his impact in other categories will likely be minimal -- Fontana has hit just 7.9 homers per 162 games in the minors, with a career minor-league batting average of .244. It's difficult to imagine he will find both unexpected playing time and sudden power, which are the two things he will need to gain relevance in standard formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Released by the Angels in September of 2018.
Cut loose by Angels
2BFree Agent  
September 4, 2018
Fontana was released by the Angels on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Fontana appeared in just eight games for the Angels this season, going 1-for-11 with a walk and a homer. He was cut loose to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Joe Hudson, whose contract was purchased from the minors Tuesday.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+249%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .143 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .143 .000
Since 2016vs Right .499 28 2 2 2 1 .080 .179 .320
2018vs Left .000 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2018vs Right .821 8 1 1 1 0 .143 .250 .571
2017vs Left .333 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000
2017vs Right .372 20 1 1 1 1 .056 .150 .222
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+315%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+165%
OPS on Road
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .125 8 0 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000
Since 2016Away .519 27 2 2 2 1 .083 .185 .333
2018Home .000 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2018Away .644 10 1 1 1 0 .111 .200 .444
2017Home .167 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000
2017Away .443 17 1 1 1 1 .067 .176 .267
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Nolan Fontana compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.17
 
BB Rate
8.3%
 
K Rate
50.0%
 
BABIP
.000
 
ISO
.273
 
AVG
.091
 
OBP
.167
 
SLG
.364
 
OPS
.530
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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't had double-digit steals since 2013, and has never hit double-digit homers. At 25 and with the ability to play multiple infield positions, the hope is that Fontana can erase 2016 from memory and eventually become a contact-hitting utility infielder. Even in the rosiest of potential futures, it's hard to image Fontana ever having much fantasy impact even with a change of scenery after signing with the Angels.
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.
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Sent back down to Salt Lake
2BLos Angeles Angels  
June 28, 2018
Fontana was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday, Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reports.
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Called up from Salt Lake
2BLos Angeles Angels  
June 27, 2018
Fontana was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Optioned to Triple-A
2BLos Angeles Angels  
June 16, 2018
Fontana was sent down to Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Pops first homer Wednesday
2BLos Angeles Angels  
June 13, 2018
Fontana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Mariners.
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Recalled from Salt Lake
2BLos Angeles Angels  
June 8, 2018
Fontana was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.
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