Fixler Selected by Astros in MLB Draft
June 8, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior catcher/first baseman Jon Fixler was selected on the second day of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Houston Astros on Friday, June 8. The Astros chose Fixler with pick number 591 in the 19th round of the draft.
The Riverwoods, Ill., native hit .286 for the season in 2007, leading the Hoosiers with two home runs and 35 RBIs. He added nine doubles and scored 16 runs in addition to stealing a pair of bases on the season. Fixler appeared in 49 of IU's 54, earning 44 starts for the Hoosiers.
His finest weekend came against Penn State, when he went 5-for-13 with nine RBIs over the four games, as IU earned a split with the Big Ten's third-place team. He also bashed his second home run of the season, a line-drive shot over the left-center field wall that iced a victory for the Hoosiers. Against Florida A&M on March 17, Fixler drove in a career-high five runs in leading Indiana to a 5-3 victory over the Rattlers.
Additionally, Hoosier signees Brock Huntzinger (Pendleton Heights High School) and Kyle Leiendecker (Homestead High School) were selected in the draft. Huntzinger was selected in the third round by the Boston Red Sox with pick number 114 after going 7-1 this season with a 0.29 ERA and 95 strikeouts versus just seven walks. Leiendecker was selected with the 767th overall pick by the Cleveland Indians in the 25th round. He has played both outfield and pitched for Homestead this year in leading them to the semi-state round of the Indiana state championship.
"I'm incredibly happy for all three players," head coach Tracy Smith said. "Every baseball player dreams of playing in the major leagues and so this is a great moment for all of them. Now they have to see if they get what they are worth, and if they aren't happy with what is offered to them, we'll be happy to retain them as members of the Hoosier baseball family."
Fixler is the first Hoosier draftee since Corby Heckman was selected in the 32nd round of the 2005 draft by the Seattle Mariners. Fixler is also the highest Hoosier draftee since All-American Vasili Spanos was taken with pick 332 by the Oakland Athletics in 2003. He became the 21st player to be drafted under Smith since 2000.
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