Nolan David Fontana...On Twitter: @nolanfontana...Named after former Angel Nolan Ryan...Is the grandson of former All-Star RHP Lew Burdett e who won 203 games during career, was the MVP of the 1957 World Series (MIL over NYY) and spent the final two seasons of his 18-year career with the Angels...Prepped at West Orange High School (FL)...Played collegiate baseball at the University of Florida...Named Second Team All-SEC in each of three seasons with the Gators...Originally signed by Astros scout John Martin.
After starting the year with Triple-A Salt Lake, made Major League debut with the Angels May 22, starting the game at second base...Tallied first big league hit May 26, a 9th inning solo home run...Was the 14th player in franchise history whose first hit came as a homer...Across two big league stints, went 1-for-9 (.200) with a home run, RBI and stolen base ... Spent a majority of the season in Triple-A...Set minor league career bests in home runs (10) and doubles (26) while the 98 hits, 82 runs, four triples, 51 RBI and 14 stolen bases were the second most of minor league career ... Combined to play 105 games for the Bees: 40 games at shortstop, 37 games at second base and 29 games at third base.
Spent fi ft h professional season with Houston's Triple-A Fresno and Double-A Corpus Christi ...Began the season in Triple-A before being moved to Corpus Christi in July...Assigned back to Fresno 10 days later...Combined to play 116 games, one shy from matching a career best set in 2015...Saw acti on at both shortstop (86 G) and second base (27 G) combining for a .975 fi elding percentage...Registered a .328 OBP vs. left -handed pitching compared to a .243 clip against righti es.
Spent his entire season at Triple A Fresno appearing in a career-high 117 games...also tied career highs with 21 doubles and six triples...ﬁnished his season ranking second in the Paciﬁc Coast League with 74 walks, trailing only Memphis' Dean Anna (77)...started games at four diﬀerent positions for the Grizzlies: shortstop (52g), second base (30g), third base (23g) and left ﬁeld (1g)...posted a .273 (33x121) average with a .413 OBP against left-handed pitching...made his second career postseason appearance and played in nine games for Fresno during their Triple A Championship run...hit .241 (7x29) with a .405 OBP and eight walks in his nine contests.