Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Fisher added to Marlins' short-season affiliate
Arkansas first baseman Eric Fisher flies out to end the game during the 10th inning against Texas A&M Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Former Arkansas first baseman Eric Fisher has signed with the Miami Marlins.
Fisher, a 17th round selection earlier this month in the MLB Draft, has been added to the active roster for the organization's short-season affiliate in Batavia, N.Y. He made his debut Sunday, going 0-for-4 at the plate.
Fisher is the third Arkansas player to sign a professional contract since the draft alongside Brian Anderson (Marlins) and Chris Oliver (Phillies). Jalen Beeks was introduced at the media day for the Red Sox' short-season affiliate, but his signing has yet to be announced.
Two other Razorbacks were drafted. Michael Gunn is expected to sign with the Red Sox while outfielder Tyler Spoon is expected to return to Arkansas, though he told Stephens Media he wasn't rushing the decision Sunday.
Fisher batted .268 as a redshirt junior. He led the team with nine home runs and added 45 RBIs.