FAYETTEVILLE – Junior first baseman Eric Fisher was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 17th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Fisher, who was the 497th overall pick, is the fifth Arkansas player selected and joins teammate Brian Anderson who was taken in the third round by the Marlins. Chris Oliver (112 overall, Philadelphia), Jalen Beeks (374 overall, Boston) and Michael Gunn (494 overall, Boston) have also been selected during the 2014 MLB Draft.
A native of Spring, Texas, Fisher became one of the top power hitters in the Southeastern Conference during the 2014 season, recording nine home runs, 45 runs batted in and a .268 batting average. He tallied 15 multi-hit games during the year and added a team-best 12 multi-RBI games.
Fisher ended the year with a 10-game reached base streak after earning second team All-SEC honors at first base and making an appearance on the All-Defensive Team.
He had a power stretch of four home runs in a five-game span midway through the season, launching three home runs in a three-game set at No. 8 LSU, before returning home and leading Arkansas to a series opening victory over No. 11 Vanderbilt with a three-run blast in the first inning.
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Arkansas Draft Tracker
|1.||Brian Anderson||3rd Round||76 Overall||Miami Marlins|
|2.||Chris Oliver||4th Round||112 Overall||Philadelphia Phillies|
|3.||Jalen Beeks||12th Round||374 Overall||Boston Red Sox|
|4.||Michael Gunn||16th Round||494 Overall||Boston Red Sox|
|5.||Eric Fisher||17th Round||497 Overall||Miami Marlins|