Nolan David Fontana… named after Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan…is the grandson of former All-Star RHP Lew Burdette, who won 203 games during career and was the MVP of the 1957 World Series (MIL over NYY)…played at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Fla…earned Third Team All-State as a senior in Class 6A…was named West Orange's Most Valuable Player during his final season, leading school to its first-ever district championship in 2008…was a member of the 2008 USA 18-U National Team that claimed the silver medal at the World Junior Championships in Edmonton, Alberta…named to the All-Tournament team at shortstop… was also a member of the 2007 16-U USA National Team that captured the World Youth Championship in Venezuela…attended the University of Florida from 2010-12 and was named Second Team All-SEC and AllDefensive Team in each of his three seasons…became one of 3 Gators to receive All-SEC honors 3 times…helped the Gators make 3 trips to the College World Series… signed by Astros scout John Martin.
Went 1-for-12 with a solo HR over 8 games/1 start spanning 3 stints with LAA: 3/31-4/6, 6/8-15, and 6/27… spent balance of season at Salt Lake (AAA), posting a .234/.397/.414/.811 slash line over 45 games and drawing more BB (40) than SO (38)…saw 2 extended DL stints in the minors, from 4/19-5/20 with right hamstring inflammation and 7/27-end of season with a sprained left ring finger…opened season with Salt Lake, but did not appear in a game before he was recalled on 3/31 when Ian Kinsler was placed on the DL…homered for lone hit on 6/13 at SEA, and his only start for LAA (at SS) came 2 days later on 6/15 at OAK, which is his most recent ML game…hit .271 (32-118) over his final 37 G at Triple-A… sustained finger injury in final game with the Bees on 7/26 vs. Memphis, and would not play for duration of season before he was released from roster on 9/4 and given unconditional release on 9/7.
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.