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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Nolan Fontana vs. A.J. Reed

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A couple of higher-round draft picks square off. It's Walkamania against the Golden Spikes winner!

Just a reminder; voting will stay open for 24 hours for each of these match-ups, and there will be two match-ups per day. For a complete breakdown, check out the introductory post if you haven't already. Get those votes in while you can!

Round One, Match Twenty One

Nolan Fontana, 2B/SS

The closest thing the Astros have to the "Greek God of Walks" that was Kevin Youkalis. Entirely different player, but man can this guy draw a walk. But he can also swing and miss a lot too. Fontana has been polarizing for many fans as everyone loves the 20% walk rate. However, his unique profile leads many to question his future success. It doesn’t help that it appears he won’t be able to hold down shortstop defensively. -- Subber10


A.J. Reed, 1B

Now you’re playing with power! Reed has as much as anyone in the system not named Telvin Nash, yet unlike Nash, Reed is a polished hitter who figures to rise through the ranks pretty quickly. His .233 ISO in his professional debut was a great start. His ceiling appears to be Lance Berkman (walks, power, good average, and little else), but even if he doesn’t make it all the way there, the OPS should carry him enough to be a solid DH. Of note; winning the Golden Spikes award, as Reed did, has been a virtual ticket to MLB success at an incredible rate. -- Brian Stevenson