By CHRISSY SMITH
Slidell Sports Editor
SLIDELL — The Slidell players who are playing for a Major League Baseball team are still holding onto a playing spot. Just like any professional player, it’s not always easy to maintain a spot in the big leagues, but so far Slidell grad Xavier Paul and Northshore grad Logan Morrison are all getting anywhere from a decent amount to a lot of playing time.
Salmen graduate Mike Fontenot was just designated for assignment earlier this month.
Fontenot hit .289 with a home run and seven RBI in 47 games. Michael Martinez has been called up from Lehigh Valley to take his place on the roster.
Slidell graduate Will Harris was called up by the Colorado Rockies last week to bring a fresh arm to the pitching staff. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has split the season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs, combining to go 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA (52.0 IP, 12 ER), 13 walks and 66 strikeouts in 44 games. He is 2-0 with a 1.02 ERA (17.2 IP, 2 ER), one walk and 20 strikeouts in 13 games with the Triple-A Sky Sox. Harris was originally selected by Colorado in the ninth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Louisiana State University by Colorado. He pitched in just one game from 2009-10 due to injury.
Paul plays for the Cincinnati Reds and is hitting a solid .350 on the season in 20 at-bats. He’s played in 14 games, including one where he started and got three hits. The Reds are in first place in the National League Central Division.
Fontenot plays for the Philadelphia Phillies after playing for the San Francisco Giants last year. Fontenot has played in 47 games this year and had 97 at-bats. He’s hitting .289 on the season.
Morrison plays for the Miami Marlins and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 29 for right-knee inflammation that could be season-ending. Morrison has been a starter for the Marlins this season with 296 at-bats. He’s hitting .230 on the season.