Linfield’s Fisher signs pro deal
Courtesy of Linfield sports information
Recent Linfield graduate and 2014 Northwest Conference Player of the Year Nick Fisher has signed a professional contract with the Rockford Aviators of the independent Frontier League, effective June 11.
Fisher joined the team in Illinois approximately one quarter of the way through the season with hopes of entering the lineup as soon as possible.
“I'm excited for the opportunity to keep playing,” Fisher said. “With my name not going in the (MLB) draft, I had to find another medium to show scouts I can play.”
"I'm very excited that Nick has gotten the opportunity to start his professional career," said Linfield head coach Scott Brosius. "Over the past four years, he's worked extremely hard to make himself into a player that has earned this opportunity. I believe he's only getting better and with the opportunity to prove himself in front of major league scouts that watch games in that league, he'll get a chance to sign with a major league organization."
Fisher capped off his Wildcat career by claiming league player of the year and all-region honors after compiling a .331 average, 37 RBI, 29 extra-base hits, 12 stolen bases and playing perfect defense in right field.
The former Wildcat, a Lake Oswego native, is one of four outfielders listed on the Rockford roster; two are Portland area natives while the other two hail from Latin American nations. Fisher's future goals include getting picked up by a major league-affiliated team to earn a shot at the professional league.
“I'm going to play my best and hope someone takes notice,” Fisher said.
Brosius, who enjoyed an 11-year career in the major leagues with Oakland and New York, believes Fisher has the skills necessary to play at the next level.
“He has great size; he's big and strong and has gotten stronger over course of his career.” Brosius said. “He also runs real well and swings the bat with authority, both for average and power. His tools in terms of speed and bat speed and his ability to play the outfield all will continue to improve. That's why I'm excited to see him continue to develop.”
The Aviators are one of 14 members of the Frontier League, based in Illinois. The team's home field is Aviator Stadium in Loves Park, a suburb of Rockford, located approximately 80 miles northwest of Chicago.