EKU’s Fisher picked by Marlins in 21st Round of MLB Draft


RICHMOND, Ky. – Ben Fisher was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 21st round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday. Fisher was the 629th overall pick in the draft.

The Richmond, Kentucky native was the 22nd player chosen by the Marlins in the draft and the first first baseman chosen by Miami.  He is the third Colonel drafted in Edwin Thompson’s two seasons as head coach.   

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Fisher, the Ohio Valley Conference Co-Player of the Year, finished the regular season leading the nation in home runs with 25, and runs with 71. He also finished third with a .762 slugging percentage and 170 total bases. His 72 RBIs were fourth in the nation at the end of the regular season. He also won the Academic All-America of the Year for Division I baseball, and earned multiple athletic All-America honors. 

Earlier this year Fisher was named a semifinalist for the Dick Hoswer Trophy, awarded annually to the best player in college baseball, and was also on the Golden Spikes Award watch list. He was included on the Rawlings/Perfect Game Midseason All-America first team in April.

Fisher is the 35th Major League Baseball draft selection in EKU baseball history, joining former teammates Mandy Alvarez and Kyle Nowlin who were drafted in 2016. Eleven former Colonels have played in the Major Leagues, including current San Diego Padres pitcher Christian Friedrich.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com