Friday, July 19, 2013

Featured autographs - A.J. Cole, Nolan Fontana and Nick Franklin

I finally completed a 2008 Upper Deck Team USA Youth Junior multiplayer card [previously signed by Franklin and Cole] by getting Fontana [playing for the Lancaster Jethawks in 2013] to ink it up - before a California League game at Inland Empire Thursday night.

Fontana currently has an on-base percentage of over .400 playing in the Cal League - though if he reaches the Major Leagues, he may end up as a utilityman somewhere.

Cole, a pitcher who was traded back to the Washington Nationals from Oakland, made an appearance at the 2013 Futures Game and closed things out for team USA - I got him to sign the card after a Cal League game in Lake Elsinore in 2012, when he was on Stockton [Oakland A's farm team].

Franklin has been 'star rookie' so far with the Seattle Mariners, though so was Dustin Ackley a few years ago - I got Franklin while he was playing in the Arizona Fall League in 2011.

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