Nolan Fontana was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Sunday, Brad McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Fontana entered the spring with slim odds of claiming a spot on the Opening Day roster, and only hurt his chances by going 2-for-19 (.105) at the dish in his 13 games. The 24-year-old should see regular at-bats with Fresno, but doesn't profile as much more than a utility infielder in the big leagues.
In 11 Grapefruit League appearances, Nolan Fontana is 2-for-14 (.143) with four walks and an RBI.
Fontana projects to be a utility infielder in the big leagues some day, but Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch loves Marwin Gonzalez, who will play all over the diamond in that role this season. The 24-year-old will likely return to Triple-A Fresno to open 2016.
Nolan Fontana was added to the Houston Astros ' 40-man roster Friday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
While Fontana slugged just .357 in the Pacific Coast League last season, he managed a .369 OBP on the strength of a 16.2 percent walk rate, and there is some hope that a bit of power will show up eventually. This move was made primarily for Rule 5 protection, but Fontana could be a utility option at some point in 2016.
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