Fixler Signs With Astros
June 14, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior catcher/first baseman Jon Fixler has signed with the Houston Astros, forgoing his senior season with the Indiana baseball team. Fixler was selected on the second day of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Astros on Friday, June 8, with pick number 591 in the 19th round of the draft.
Fixler will report to the Tri-City Valleycats of the New York-Penn League to begin his career in short season A. The Valleycats, which are based out of Troy, N.Y., begin their 2007 campaign on Tuesday, June 19, with a contest at the Vermont Lake Monsters. Tri-City has its home opener on Saturday, June 23, against regional rival Oneonta.
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 games, 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.
Fixler was the first Hoosier draftee since Corby Heckman was selected in the 32nd round of the 2005 draft by the Seattle Mariners. He was 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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