Astros sign second-round selection Nolan Fontana

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros announced today the signing of infielder Nolan Fontana, whom they selected in the second round in the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Astros Assistant General Manager/Director of Scouting Bobby Heck made the official announcement.

Fontana, 21, took batting practice this afternoon with the Astros Major League club at Minute Maid Park after signing the contract. He was signed by Astros area scout John Martin.

“Nolan is a player that we are very excited about,” said Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow. “He was a proven performer from the college ranks and for us, he represents everything that we’re going to be looking for in the future. He’s a player that excels defensively at a premium position and has proven his capabilities offensively as well.”

Fontana hit .284 (69x243) with 10 doubles, nine home runs, 30 RBI, 59 runs scored and a .406 on-base percentage in 66 games as the Florida Gators everyday shortstop and leadoff hitter. The left-handed hitting Fontana led the Gators to the 2012 College World Series before his club’s elimination last Monday. Fontana received Second Team All-SEC and All-Defensive Team honors this season. He was named to the All-SEC Team and to the All-SEC Defensive Team in all three of his seasons with the Gators.

“To say I’m excited would be an understatement right now,” said Fontana. “After this weekend, I’m going to get after it. That’s what I’m looking forward to.”

A native of Winter Garden, Florida, Fontana was the Astros third selection in the 2012 draft and was the 61st player taken overall.

ABOUT THE 2ND ROUNDER

NOLAN FONTANA

Position: Shortstop

Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Height/Weight: 5-11/192

Age: 21

College: The University of Florida

The Astros have now signed 10 of their 11 selections within the top 10 rounds and 30 of their 41 overall picks in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Below is a list of Houston’s signed draft selections.

Rnd                       Pick                          Last                           First                    POS Assigned To        Date Signed

1     1                     Correa                      Carlos                        SS                          GCL                                     6/7/2012

1     41                   McCullers               Lance                        RHP                      GCL                                   6/18/2012

2     61                   Fontana                   Nolan                        SS                          Lexington                      6/26/2012

3     96                   Rodgers                   Brady                         RHP                      Tri-City                               6/6/2012

4     129                Ruiz                           Rio                              3B                         GCL                                   6/25/2012

5     159                Aplin                        Andrew                    CF                         Tri-City                               6/7/2012

6     189                Phillips                    Brett                          CF                         GCL                                   6/11/2012

8     249                Heineman              Tyler                          C                           Tri-City                            6/22/2012

9     279                Minor                       Daniel                       RHP                      Greenville                        6/8/2012

10   309                Bircher                     Joseph                      LHP                      Tri-City                               6/9/2012

12   369                Joyce                        Terrell                       LF                          Greenville                        6/7/2012

13   399                Holmes                   Brian                          LHP                      Tri-City                               6/7/2012

14   429                Sclafani                    Joseph                      SS                          Greenville                        6/7/2012

15   459                Gonzalez                 Erick                           RHP                      GCL                                     6/7/2012

16   489                Gulbransen           Daniel                       LF                          Tri-City                               6/8/2012

17   519                West                         Aaron                        RHP                      Tri-City                               6/8/2012

18   549                Gingras                    Richard                     C                           Greenville                        6/7/2012

19   579                Elkins                        Austin                       2B                         Tri-City                               6/8/2012

21   639                Wik                            Marc                          CF                         Greenville                     6/11/2012

22   669                Long                         Kenneth                   LHP                      Tri-City                            6/10/2012

23   699                Ballew                      Travis                         RHP                      Tri-City                               6/9/2012

25   759                Dineen                    Ryan                           3B/SS                   Tri-City                            6/10/2012

28   849                Ibanez                      Angel                        3B                         Greenville                        6/8/2012

29   879                Garcia                      Christian                  RHP                      Greenville                        6/8/2012

30   909                Neely                       John                           RHP                      Tri-City                               6/7/2012

31   939                Cokinos                   M.P.                            C/1B                    Tri-City                               6/7/2012

33   999                Hauschild               Michael                    RHP                      Greenville                     6/10/2012

34   1029             Jankowski              Jordan                       RHP                      Greenville                        6/8/2012

36   1089             Martinez                 Michael                    1B                         Greenville                        6/9/2012

37   1119             Dimock                   Michael                    RHP                      Greenville                        6/8/2012