In this presidential election year, Southeastern Louisiana University first baseman Jameson Fisher needs your votes. Not for president, but for a prestigious baseball honor.
A 2012 graduate of Zachary High School who had a standout baseball season for SLU this year, Fisher has been racking up awards and honors like base hits. He’s the Southland Conference Player of the Year and a first-time Louisville Slugger All-American. Visit lionsports.net to see a list of the accolades coming Fisher’s way.
The 6-2, 200-pound junior has been on a tear this year, leading the Lions to their first-ever NCAA Tournament at-large bid and a berth in the Baton Rouge Regional. He led the country in batting average (.437) and on-base percentage (.564) during the regular season and had 11 games with at least three hits. He improved from zero home runs in 2014 to a team-high 11 in 2016.
Here’s how you can help this Zachary native son. Fisher is up for the Golden Spikes Award, which is equivalent to the Heisman Trophy in football. One of the criteria that USA Baseball uses to select the winner is fan voting, similar to Major League baseball.
Fisher is a semifinalist for the award and is currently fourth in voting with 8 percent. More than likely, he will be one of the finalists when that list is announced on Monday. Fan voting for finalists will open that day and will stay open until June 24. The winner will be announced on June 30.
The list of semifinalists will be sent to a voting body consisting of past Golden Spikes Award winners, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of the media, select professional baseball personnel and select current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 total voters.
Visit usabaseball.com/goldenspikes to vote for Fisher. The winner of the 2016 Golden Spikes Award will be announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter on June 30 and will take place at ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center. The finalists and their families will be honored at the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Dinner that evening in Los Angeles.
Fisher also is one of 10 finalists for the Hero Sports Division 1 Baseball Player Fan Choice Award for 2016. Voting closed on Tuesday, but the winner will be announced in the next couple of weeks. You can read about the award at herosports.com.
Fisher is no stranger to success with the Lions. He finished his freshman season with a .315 batting average, but he really caught national attention as a sophomore with a .389 average (ranked 15th nationally) and 17 doubles. Then he red-shirted last year, missing the entire season after surgery from a torn labrum. This year, his average hovered over .500 at one stretch as he has been the on-the-field leader for the Lions.
Major League scouts have noticed, too. When SLU hosted Tulane in March, almost 30 teams sent scouts to watch Fisher. He went 1-for-4 with three RBIs and scored a run in the Lions’ 13-4 win.
Fisher is the top-ranked prospect from the Southland Conference and is projected to go in the early rounds of the Major League draft, which gets underway Thursday. He has a natural low-ball swing with good bat speed, according to scouts.
He was drafted out of high school in the 24th round by the Chicago Cubs, but opted to play college ball instead, where his brother, Jacob, was a star catcher.
In addition to his prowess on the baseball diamond, Fisher is a leader off the field as well. He recently was named an Academic All-American, only the second player in school history to receive the honor. He also led the Lions’ Bible study group.
If anyone deserves your vote for Golden Spikes, it’s Jameson Fisher.
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