Monday, November 22, 2010

2004 SP Prospects, James Fasano

#248 James Fasano

Jim has spent the past three seasons playing in the now apparently defunct Northern League. He spent the entire time with the Kansas City T-Bones and I got this card signed when the Bones visited the Wichita Winguts for a pre-season game earlier in the year.

Jim was drafted by the Rangers in the ninth round of the 2004 draft out of the University of Richmond. He began his pro career that summer playing for the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League and he hit .266 in 300 plate appearances. He was bumped up to the Midwest League's Clinton Lumber Kings in '05 and he hit .302 there in 394 plate appearances. He got promoted to the California League the following season, but he only played in 14 games before getting moved up to AA. At AA, Jim played in 96 games and batted .244.

2007 was much like 2006 for Jim. He started out in the California League and played in 18 games before moving back up to the Texas League. That season for the Frisco Roughriders, Jim hit .284 (the highest he had hit since 2005) with 9 home runs and 39 driven in. Once that season was over, Jim was without a job.

I guess the Rangers just gave up on Jim because he didn't figure into their future plans. He must not have fit into any other teams plans since he ended up in the Northern League. But, he was done well in Kansas City by hitting 20 home runs twice and hitting a career high .319 this past season. It will be fun to see what the future holds in store for Jim.

Interesting to me is that Jim was the 261st overall pick in the '04 draft. That is three picks after yesterdays player, Trevor Lawhorn. Of the two people that were drafted between those two, neither one has played pro ball since 2007. So these two must be doing something right. I actually have one more 2004 ninth round draft pick coming up tomorrow. The only difference is that this one is of a guy that is still playing affiliated ball.

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