NEW ULM - New Ulm native Kyle Fischer was selected with the 887th overall pick by the Miami Marlins in the 30th round of the 2014 MLB draft on Sunday.
The 23-year-old, who just finished up his final year of baseball at St. Cloud State, was at his cousin's wedding when he got a somewhat-unexpected phone call.
"There was one scout that had talked to me a few times so I was hoping that he'd give me a call and he ended up giving me a call right after the ceremony and said 'Hey, we're going to take you with our next pick, are you OK with that?'" Fischer said. "Obviously I was ecstatic and like, 'Yeah, absolutely. I would love to continue playing baseball.'"
As of right now, Fischer said he was not given a lot of details about what his next step is. However, he said he is likely headed to the Gulf Coast League, which is a rookie league based out of Florida. There, he would play for the GCL Marlins, which operate out of Jupiter, Fla.
"Those four years [at St. Cloud State] helped a lot, but it started a while before then," Fischer said. "I've had great coaches [dating] all the way back from travel ball here in New Ulm. I had Chad Krause as a head coach, then I had Jay Backer as my high school coach, then I went up to college, where I had coach [Pat] Dolan ... they all taught me a ton.
"It doesn't come down to just me being able to produce on the field, it comes down to the coaching I had. I can't thank them guys enough."
In his four years at St. Cloud State, Fischer pitched 279 1/3 innings in 51 appearances on the mound - 41 of which were starts. He went 32-9 overall with a cumulative ERA of 2.35. Overall, he allowed 235 hits, 89 runs, 73 earned runs and 80 walks with 233 strikeouts to his name during his four years playing collegiately.
"It's been an awesome experience," Fischer said. "Starting off in New Ulm - New Ulm's a great baseball tradition and it started when I was young. It went through middle school and high school, went straight into college up at St. Cloud - they have a great tradition up there - and hopefully I can continue and hopefully I can represent New Ulm and St. Cloud and continue doing well."