Philadelphia Phillies Will Call Up Mike Fontenot From the Minor Leagues
The Philadelphia Phillies will be calling up Mike Fontenot from the minor leagues soon. Fontenot is a career journeyman utility infielder who has played multiple positions for the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants since he debuted in the major leagues back in 2005.
Fontenot is a .263/.332/.406 career hitter who batted .227/.304/.377 with four home runs, 21 RBIs, and five stolen bases in 252 plate appearances. Fontenot played shortstop for 284 innings last season, posting a .968 fielding percentage. He also played second base for 155.2 innings and third base for 30 innings.
Fontenot will be likely filling the role of Michael Martinez, who has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Martinez is dealing with a broken foot and has been sidelined longer than the team initially expected. He broke his foot when he was hit by a pitch from Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson back in spring training.
Fontenot was drafted by the Orioles in the first round (19th overall selection) of the 2001 MLB draft. He has been tearing up the minor leagues this season to the tune of a .319/.373/.447 statline with six RBIs in 52 plate appearances this season. Fontenot is a .291 career minor league hitter with 722 hits in nearly 2,500 plate appearances.
Fontenot may also split time with Freddy Galvis at second base. Galvis is a phenomenal defender but he is awful with the bat, and he needs to step up his offense, which the Phillies may try to get from Fontenot.