Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
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.