HAMMOND — The Chicago White Sox selected Southeastern Louisiana’s Jameson Fisher with their fourth-round pick, 116th overall, on Friday during the second day of the Major League Baseball draft.
Fisher is the Lions’ highest draft pick since Wade Miley was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks with a first-round compensation pick in 2008. Fisher helped Southeastern to a 40-21 record and the program’s first at-large bid to the NCAA postseason.
A redshirt junior out of Zachary High School, Fisher leads the nation in on-base percentage (.558). He ranks second in batting average (.424), third in OPS (1.250), 11th in walks (54) and slugging percentage (.716) and 13th in RBIs (66).
Fisher finished the season having reached base in 51 consecutive games. His batting average, on-base percentage and walk totals were school single-season records. Through three seasons, he owns the program’s career records in batting average (.375) and on-base percentage (.483).
Fisher, the Southland Conference Player of the Year, is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award. He was named a Louisville Slugger All-American and a CoSIDA Academic All-American.
He is the sixth Lions player drafted under coach Matt Riser, joining pitcher Andro Cutura (Twins, 2014), outfielder Andrew Godbold (Dodgers, 2014), pitcher Jake Johnson (Reds, 2015), pitcher Kyle Keller (Marlins, 2015) and pitcher Tate Scioneaux (Pirates, 2015).
Fisher joins Miley (43rd overall), Andrew Davis (Orioles, 68th overall), Carl Schutz (Braves, 96th overall) and Chris Province (Red Sox, 144th overall) as the highest draft picks in school history. He was a 24th-round selection of the Chicago Cubs (734th overall) in 2012 out of Zachary High.