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Chase Fontaine

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Chase Fontaine
Name: Robert Chase Fontaine
Born: Oct 22, 1985 in Albany, Ga. USA
High School: Nease HS, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
College: Daytona State (Fla.) JC
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 200 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 2nd round (72nd overall) by the Atlanta Braves in 2006 (signed for $500,000)
Fontaine's route has been a circuitous one. He slumped badly late in his senior season at Nease High in St. Augustine, Fla., in 2004, went undrafted and headed to Texas. He never played for the Longhorns and transferred to Dayton Beach when Seth Johnston decided to return for his senior season. The Rangers drafted Fontaine in the 18th round in 2005, but after he spent the summer in the Cape Cod League he returned for his sophomore season. He was among the state's top five juco hitters in average (.407), runs (57) and homers (10) and capped his sophomore season with an impressive display of hitting in the state tournament. He has committed to Florida, and reportedly was seeking at least $500,000 to sign with the Rangers. He is a good all-around player without a plus tool. He generates good bat speed with a short, compact swing. He will use the whole field and shows good plate discipline. Fontaine has good hands and an above-average arm, but lacks the range to profile as a true shortstop. Scouts doubt he'll develop more than average power, making third base a difficult spot for him to profile, too.
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