Young Guns

May 24, 2007 6:25 PM

Focus On...Jim Fasano

Name:  James Fasano

Nicknames:  Jim

Birthday: July 20, 1983 (23 years old)

Resides: Horsham, PA

Ht.:6-5   Wt.: 230

Bats:L    Throws: R

School: University of Richmond

Jim Fasano was the Rangers 9th round pick in the June, 2004 draft as a junior out of the University of Richmond.  He attended Hatboro-Horsham High School where he lettered in baseball and golf.  Jim earned All-League Honors in his sophomore-senior year at Hatboro-Horsham and was team captain his senior year.  His freshman year at Richmond was a little rocky, but he broke out in 2003, being named the 2003 Atlantic-10 Player of the year.   In 2004 he led the A-10 with 18 HRs and was named the 96th best college prospect by

 Jim was assigned to Spokane in 2004 and hit a respectable .266.  He spent his first full season in Clinton in 2005 where he hit .302 and was named a Midwest League All-Star.  Jim lead the L-Kings in batting average, hits, RBIs and slugging percentage and was 2nd in runs and ABs.  His .302 average was 8th among all Rangers minor leaguers and 10th in the MWL that year.  He started 2006 in Bakersfield and hit .305 through 14 games before injuries on the Roughriders squad caused him to be promoted to Frisco.  He started off hot and was named the Texas League Offensive Player of the Week in his first full week with the 'Riders.  Despite his strong start, he ended the year with a disappointing .244 average, and returned to the Texas League in 2007.

Despite his large frame, Jim has not yet developed into a power hitter.  His 10 HRs he hit in Clinton in 2005 are the most in his professional career, though he did hit 27 doubles in Frisco last year in 365 ABs.  Jim started 2007 on Frisco's DL, but is currently hitting .292 for the Riders.  He has 2 HRs and 5 doubles in 96 ABs.   He's still only 23 years old so that power potential that he displayed in college may still come to fruition.

Having been born and raised near Philly, Jim is a fan of all Philly sports, especially the Philadelphia Eagles and Donovan McNabb.   Baseball runs in the family, Jim has a younger brother Nick who also played 1B.

Thanks to Baseball Cube, MiLB, Frisco Roughriders, and University of Richmond for background information and stats. Unless I get an requests before then, I think I will do the next focus on Tim Gudex of Clinton.

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