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Reader Blog: Fontenot

It's early yet but Mike Fontenot seems to be doing fine at the plate. His batting average in the early going is .333. This is much closer to his 2008 batting average (.305) than his 2009 batting average (.236). That being said, there is reason for concern. You see, coming into the season, Fontenot's return to form was somewhat foretold by his still solid peripheral stats in 2009.

So far in 2010, his secondary skills have been much worse than they were in 2008 or 2009:

BB%:
2008: 12.0
2009: 8.4
2010: 6.9

ISO(Isolated Power):
2008: .210
2009: .141
2010: .037

BABIP
2008: .353
2009: .276
2010: .360

Fontenot's production thus far this season is almost totally a Batting average on balls in play myth. He needs to increase his walk rate and power or else his overall production is going to tank once he goes through his inevetable unlucky streak.

It appears Fontenot's

It appears Fontenot's approach has changed; he's become more of a singles hitter, dropping the "Little Babe Ruth" persona. Those flippers to opposite field are falling in, and those attempts-at-home-runs-that-turned-into-pop-flies are gone.

It'd be better if Fontenot could hit 15 home runs a season, but if he can't, why not ditch the strikeouts and pop flies for some points on the batting average?

Also: small sample size. I'm sure you realize that but it bears repeating.

So many things depend on how

So many things depend on how the offensively inclined hitters to -- guys like Sori -- but having two singles hitters in the middle of their infield is not conducive to winning. Both Font and Theriot are low-to-mid .700 OPSers. Not a big deal if Byrd, Sori, and Fuku do their job. But what are the chances of that?

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