Two Former Baseballers Make Pro Debuts
July 31, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Two former Indiana baseball players made their professional debuts this week. Jon Fixler, a 2007 draftee of the Houston Astros, made his debut on Sunday, July 29, while 2006 graduate Reggie Watson signed a contract with the San Diego Padres' Rookie League affiliate.
Fixler, who hit .286 with a team-leading 35 RBIs in 2007, saw his first professional action for the Tri-City Valley Cats of the New York-Penn League. Fixler went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored against the Staten Island Yankees in a 10-5 victory. The Riverwoods, Ill., native had been on the 7-day disabled list since joining the team at the beginning of the season.
Watson signed a contract with the Padres after tearing up the independent Frontier League with the Florence Freedom. Watson had posted a .357 average for the Freedom with a .437 on-base percentage and 20 stolen bases. Watson debuted in the Arizona League on July 24, and has gone 9-for-24 with a triple and a home run in six games for the AZL Padres. He has also stolen two bases and scored five runs.
In his IU career, Watson hit .325 with 90 stolen bases, the third-highest total in school history. In his final season for the Hoosiers, Watson was an All-Big Ten selection after hitting .341 with four triples and 36 steals.
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