Mike Fontenot – 2009 Cubs Utility Man

Posted on 04 March 2009 by Lou

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Mike Fontenot is looking forward to a prominent role in the Cubs infield for the upcoming 2009 MLB season.  Fontenot and Aaron Miles will likely split time as the starting 2nd baseman in the upcoming 2009 season.  Manager Lou Pinella has indicated that he will make the decision depending on the match-up.  Fontenot is also projected to be the primary back-up to Aramis Ramirez at 3rd base, so he is playing most of his spring innings there to get used to the different reaction time of fielding ground balls so close to the plate.  So far so good for Fontenot in the early spring – plus he has a great attitude about moving around in the infield – – “I feel comfortable now.  When I went over there, it was just, whatever.  Being in the big leagues the last couple of years, I don’t feel I’m nervous to go anywhere on the field.  Now, I just go out there and play.”

Mike Fontenot played in 119 games for the Chicago Cubs in 2008, mostly at 2nd base.  With the departure of Mark DeRosa who could play all 4 infield positions and 2 outfield positions, Fontenot becomes the man the Cubs look to when they need a back-up option at 3rd base for Aramis Ramirez or shortstop for Ryan Theriot.   Fontenot hit .305 for the Cubs in 2008 with a .395 on-base percentage.  Fontenot scored 42 runs and had 9 home runs and 40 RBI’s in only 243 at-bats.  He is a patient hitter who can work the count – he had 34 walks against 51 strikeouts in 2008.

Fontenot is a true team player.  He will split time with newly acquired infielder Aaron Miles at 2nd base on a starting base, and also give Ryan Theriot and Aramis Ramirez the occasional day off during the long MLB season.  Fontenot is a huge asset for the Cubs.

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