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Mike Fontenot 2B

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
13 1586 .265 .332 .401 88 2.5
Birth Date6-9-1980
Height5' 9"
Weight165 lbs
Age39 years, 6 months, 1 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2005 CHN 25 7 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 .000 .600 .000 84 -0.1 1.3 0.0 0.1
2007 CHN 27 86 260 65 12 4 3 22 43 0 5 4 .278 .336 .402 85 -4.1 2.2 -0.3 0.5
2008 CHN 28 119 284 74 22 1 9 34 51 3 2 0 .305 .395 .514 119 7.2 1.1 -2.3 1.4
2009 CHN 29 135 419 89 22 2 9 35 83 2 4 1 .236 .301 .377 73 -12.6 -4.6 1.5 -0.3
2010 CHN 30 75 185 48 11 3 1 10 28 3 1 2 .284 .332 .402 83 -3.4 -0.3 -3.0 -0.2
2010 SFN 30 28 76 20 2 0 0 5 13 0 0 2 .282 .329 .310 83 -1.4 0.5 0.3 0.2
2011 SFN 31 85 252 50 15 3 4 25 48 1 5 1 .227 .304 .377 88 -3.0 2.2 -1.5 0.6
2012 PHI 32 47 105 28 2 0 1 7 23 1 0 1 .289 .343 .340 85 -1.8 0.7 -0.9 0.1
Career5821586374861327140289111711.265.332.40188-19.33.1-6.22.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2002 FRD A+ CRL 122 547 .000 .000 .000 .326 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BOW AA EAS 126 515 .000 .000 .000 .381 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 OTT AAA INT 136 590 .000 .000 .000 .337 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHN MLB NL 7 5 .251 .311 .370 .000 94 0.4 0.1 0 84 9 0.0 1.3 -0.1 0.1
2005 IOW AAA PCL 111 449 .273 .341 .434 .324 96 9.3 10.3 -0.2 99 0 -2.5 0.6 1.6 0.9
2006 IOW AAA PCL 111 418 .271 .341 .412 .339 99 15.4 11.7 -0.5 114 0 5.6 -1.7 8.2 2.3
2007 CHN MLB NL 86 260 .267 .328 .418 .325 103 -4 7.7 -0.2 85 8 -0.3 2.2 -4.1 0.5
2007 IOW AAA PCL 55 231 .276 .345 .427 .371 108 6.7 6.9 1.2 122 0 3.3 1.9 7.3 2.0
2008 CHN MLB NL 119 284 .263 .327 .419 .353 103 16.3 8.2 -0.3 119 11 -2.3 1.1 7.2 1.4
2009 CHN MLB NL 135 419 .262 .332 .424 .276 98 -7.1 12.1 0.3 73 9 1.5 -4.6 -12.6 -0.3
2010 CHN MLB NL 75 185 .262 .324 .415 .331 99 0.4 5.1 0.1 83 10 -3.0 -0.3 -3.4 -0.2
2010 SFN MLB NL 28 76 .245 .309 .373 .345 90 -0.7 2.1 0.2 83 10 0.3 0.5 -1.4 0.2
2011 SFN MLB NL 85 252 .250 .314 .392 .267 90 -1.7 6.8 1.6 88 8 -1.5 2.2 -3.0 0.6
2011 FRE AAA PCL 10 37 .300 .383 .466 .222 97 -2.4 1.1 0 80 0 -1.4 -0.3 -0.8 -0.1
2012 PHI MLB NL 47 105 .252 .314 .401 .370 103 -1.8 2.9 0.1 85 13 -0.9 0.7 -1.8 0.1
2012 LEH AAA INT 16 58 .248 .317 .381 .375 96 1.9 1.7 0.1 127 0 0.1 -0.3 1.7 0.3
2013 DUR AAA INT 120 472 .258 .329 .390 .322 108 -9.8 13.5 0 97 0 -0.7 -1.2 -7.1 0.5
2014 DUR AAA INT 113 455 .262 .334 .397 .341 107 -7.1 13.6 -2 96 0 -1.5 -3.1 -8.2 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2002 FRD A+ CRL 547 481 61 127 16 4 8 175 53 42 117 13 9 .264 .330 .364 .100 9 9
2003 BOW AA EAS 515 449 63 146 24 5 12 216 66 50 89 16 5 .325 .399 .481 .156 4 4
2004 OTT AAA INT 590 524 73 146 30 10 8 220 49 48 111 14 7 .279 .347 .420 .141 4 4
2005 CHN MLB NL 5 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .000 .600 .000 .000 0 0
2005 IOW AAA PCL 449 379 60 103 22 10 6 163 39 59 77 3 2 .272 .376 .430 .158 3 3
2006 IOW AAA PCL 418 362 54 107 28 2 8 163 36 47 64 5 4 .296 .378 .450 .155 2 2
2007 IOW AAA PCL 231 211 46 71 17 4 6 114 34 16 32 3 1 .336 .383 .540 .204 2 2
2007 CHN MLB NL 260 234 32 65 12 4 3 94 29 22 43 5 4 .278 .336 .402 .124 3 1
2008 CHN MLB NL 284 243 42 74 22 1 9 125 40 34 51 2 0 .305 .395 .514 .210 1 3
2009 CHN MLB NL 419 377 38 89 22 2 9 142 43 35 83 4 1 .236 .301 .377 .141 5 0
2010 CHN MLB NL 185 169 14 48 11 3 1 68 20 10 28 1 2 .284 .332 .402 .118 2 1
2010 SFN MLB NL 76 71 10 20 2 0 0 22 5 5 13 0 2 .282 .329 .310 .028 0 0
2011 FRE AAA PCL 37 32 5 7 0 0 1 10 3 5 4 0 0 .219 .324 .313 .094 0 0
2011 SFN MLB NL 252 220 22 50 15 3 4 83 21 25 48 5 1 .227 .304 .377 .150 4 2
2012 LEH AAA INT 58 52 5 16 6 0 1 25 7 5 11 0 0 .308 .368 .481 .173 0 1
2012 PHI MLB NL 105 97 13 28 2 0 1 33 5 7 23 0 1 .289 .343 .340 .052 0 0
2013 DUR AAA INT 472 417 53 110 32 2 4 158 42 37 87 6 1 .264 .335 .379 .115 3 4
2014 DUR AAA INT 455 398 35 110 24 1 3 145 48 43 85 5 2 .276 .350 .364 .088 4

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1078 0.4889 0.4082 0.7955 0.5939 0.2305 0.8466 0.6693 0.2045 -0.0053
2009 1650 0.5042 0.4509 0.7984 0.6502 0.2482 0.8429 0.6798 0.2016 -0.0104
2010 1000 0.4690 0.4680 0.8291 0.6674 0.2919 0.9169 0.6516 0.1709 -0.0058
2011 1007 0.4985 0.4260 0.8042 0.5876 0.2653 0.8983 0.5970 0.1958 -0.0016
2012 403 0.5211 0.4442 0.7933 0.5857 0.2902 0.8780 0.6071 0.2067 -0.0074
Career51380.49430.43990.80450.62440.25960.87170.65020.1955-0.0064

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-05-26 2011-07-08 15-DL 43 41 Groin Strain -
2010-03-05 2010-03-07 Camp 2 0 Right Shoulder Strain -
2008-04-05 2008-04-05 DTD 0 0 Low Back Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 TBA $
2013 TBA $
2012 SFN $259,615
2011 SFN $1,050,000
2010 CHN $1,000,000
2009 CHN $430,000
2008 CHN $405,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$3,144,615
5 yrTotal$3,144,615

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 53 dParagon Sports1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Washington as a free agent 1/8/14 (minor-league contract). Released by Washington 3/26/14. Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 3/27/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 11/29/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$1.05M (2012). Re-signed by San Francisco 12/13/11 (avoided arbitration). Released by San Francisco 3/30/12 (due 60 days' salary, about $259,615). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 4/13/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Philadelphia 5/12/12. DFA by Philadelphia 8/1/12.
  • 1 year/$1.05M (2011). Re-signed by San Francisco 12/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1M (2010). Re-signed 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by San Francisco in trade from Chicago Cubs 8/11/10.
  • 1 year/$0.43M (2009). Re-signed 2/25/09.
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2008).
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased 5/15/07.
  • Drafted 1999 (21-625).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-07-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)Doesnt it make sense for the Cubs to attempt to . upgrade in the middle infield? It appears that there are several low-cost, both in terms of prospects required and contractual obligations, available to them(Cabrera,Scutaro,Kennedy). Mike Fontenot has been doing his best to turn the lower part of their lineup into a black hole.
(Matt from Chicago)
The Cubs have two problems in trying to make a trade right now. One, is they aren't allowed to make any big expenditures with the sale of the team in flux. Two, they don't have many propsects that teams are interested in. (John Perrotto)
2009-02-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bryan, have you picked up on Jim Hendry's fondness for Notre Dame players? I'm wondering if you think it's beginning to cloud his judgment (i.e. the acquisition of Aaron Heilman)?
(Shane from Bucktown)
I brought this up to Paul Mainieri -- coach of LSU, former coach of Notre Dame, who was with the Irish when Heilman and Samardzija and Grant Johnson and the rest went there. Mainieri laughed, and reminded that the connection runs deeper: Paul and Ryan Dempster are still good friends since Dempster committed to ND (ultimately choosing pro ball out of high school), and infields Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot are LSU grads, both of whom Mainieri has become friendly with. Don't be surprised if the Cubs draft a LSU player or two in the upcoming draft ... it's always been a fondness for Mainieri moreso than for Notre Dame. (Bryan Smith)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steve: Loved the book on Casey. There's nothing else like it. The Swisher trade is a great deal for which Cashman deserves a lot of credit-first of all in finding him, hadn't the Sox put him in the Witness Protection Program? But I digress. I do have the opinion that the Yankees must move on with Robinson Cano. While his trade value has been diminished, wait til you see what it is this time next year! Proposed replacements: (a) Available inexpensively: Mike Fontenot, who is a free agent. Available expensively: Jeff Kent (please NO!), Brian Roberts. Am I jumping the shark on Cano?
(BeplerP from New York City)
Thank you, BeplerP, for reading Forging Genius and for the kind words. The question isn't whether you've jumped the shark on Cano, but whether Cano himself has jumped the shark (I've never heard jumping the shark used to signify that one might be ahead of the shark). I don't think he has, given his age and post-April rates of .297/.326/.448. The problem with Cano is that he seems like he doesn't care half the time. He's locked in for a week, and then he goes 0-for-20 swinging at first pitches and starts making careless plays in the infield. This makes him immensely frustrating to watch, not least of all to the Yankees themselves. How do you keep this guy locked in? They don't know, so the temptation is to make him someone else's problem--and it wouldn't be the end of the world. You could get a 2B who has lower highs but also higher lows, or lower batting averages but is better at getting on base. In that case, the decision to make a change depends on who you can get--the Yankees really need to stay focused on offense. But if your question is, "Will he rebound and improve his value?" I think yes, he will. (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)Given that Theriot's performance has likely entrenched him in the starting lineup, and Ronny Cedeno's performance seemingly has him getting the lion-share of middle infield spot starts, what is Mike Fontenot's use now? Does he have any value in a trade? He seems like he could possibly bring the offensive value of Mark Derosa if he got the playing time. Also, what does Rich Hill have to do in order to return to the majors? Change teams?
(mlapointe from chicago)
Fontenot's getting starts at second with DeRosa moving out to left in the positional wheel that Piniella has been employing whenever his roster's Soriano-free, and it works pretty nicely. Add in that it means that he's got a bench player kept sharp with a goodly amount of playing time, and it makes for a better stabbity to go after the opposition with when he's back to pinch-hitting. And if Theriot or Cedeno or DeRosa goes down, it's a happier thing to be the team that still has Fontenot. He'd make for a mediocre regular, and while that might make him wealthy, I think it's more useful to keep him on this roster, especially as the lefty alternative to the righty-hitting Reed Johnson off of the bench.

Hill... it's a gut-wrenching thing to see a guy's control just go away like that. I'd trade for him, but I'm not sure the Cubs can afford to trust him until he gives Iowa a good month or so. It's interesting that Will brought up the Cubs in today's lead article about dealing for Sabathia--I would think that Hill would make a pretty important piece in such a swap, although it would be a bit risky to have both Cliff Lee and Hill in the same rotation. That would be sort of a southpaw roller-coaster ride that would require splatter shielding to protect bystanders. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ronny Cedeno and Eric Patterson--are they in the Cubs' plans for '08? Should they be? If I may indulge one more, what do you expect from Franklin Morales in '08 and down the road? Thanks!
(jromero from seattle)
At the moment it certainly doesn't seem like either is the Cub's first choice for a starting spot in the middle infield. Theriot would be pretty easy to displace at short, but Cedeno, as good as his minor-league numbers are, simply hasn't hit in his major-league opportunities.

As for Patterson, the Cubs are even deeper at 2B, with Mark De Rosa and Mike Fontenot, another Piniella favorite ahead of him. Patterson's got youth and more upside, but the other two were a pretty capable tandem last year, and PECOTA likes both of them - they're .360 OBPs and average-plus fielders, whereas Patterson's a .340 OBP type with below-average D.

Morales - as critical a part of the Rox run last year, I see him struggling a little bit. He's got to cut down the walks to succeed at Coors. (Jay Jaffe)


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