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Graham Fisher: D3 All-American Two-Way Player. Senior year college had a 1.47 era and hit .426 with 10 HR

Graham Fisher has been a two-way player for almost his entire baseball career, including his final two years of college baseball and in his third straight season overseas.

In his senior season at Grinnell College (NCAA III), Graham had an MVP season for the ages which saw him as a team leader both on offense (.426 BA, 10 HR) and pitching (1.47 era, 7-2 record). He received numerous recognitions for his monster season including ABCA/Rawlings All-American Second Team as a utility player.

After college Graham signed on to play with Ryde Hawks in the New South Wales State League (Australia) and then the Dortmund Wanderers of the German Bundesliga 1. He is now in the midst of his second season with the Hawks.

Graham describes his pitching repertoire as throwing an 87-89 mph 2-seam fastball, 75-77 mph curveball, 77-79 mph changeup, and an 80-82 mph splitter.

He considers himself a pitcher who thinks like a hitter, adapting to what the opposing team is looking for and throwing what isn’t expected. Each of his pitches has its strengths which he uses to keep batters off balance, producing swing-throughs, ground balls, or looking strikes.  

At the plate he describes himself as a patient hitter with the ability to be aggressive and jump on mistakes. He is a gap-to-gap hitter with power to both alleys (exit velo of 96-100 mph) and the ability to shorten up and hit for contact.  

Graham when asked about his success to date:

“I put in the work to get better and to put myself in the best position to succeed, not only in terms of quantity of work reps, but mostly in terms of quality work and practice reps.”

Graham is passionate about coaching and is happy to help out his new club wherever needed. He has gained valuable experience as a coach since overseas, coaching ages 11 through 21.

Any club in need of an experienced two-way player who can also help out with coaching is encouraged to reach out to Graham with any expressions of interest.


DEMOGRAPHICS

Date of birth: 1993-12-21

Birthplace / Current Residence: Palo Alto, CA (USA) / Sydney, Australia

Passports held: USA

Height and weight: 6’4½”, 225lbs

Bats / Throws: Right/Right

Primary position(s): 1st base, Starting pitcher, Left field

Secondary position(s): 3rd base, Relief pitcher / Closer, Right Field


PERSONAL

Education: B.A. Economics, Grinnell College(IA)

Hobbies and Interests: Traveling, beginning surfer, lifting, longboarding, flying

Post baseball career plans: Pursue a career in commercial real estate or international trading

Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world

Recent injuries or illnesses: None


BASEBALL BACKGROUND

College

2012-2016: Grinnell College, Midwest Conference (NCAA III)

Other baseball

2009-2012: Gunn HS, SCVAL (Palo Alto, CA)
2009-2013: All-Star Academy
2013-2015: Palo Alto Oaks, Stan Musial League

Overseas Experience

2016-2018: Ryde Hawks, New South Wales State League (Australia)
2017: Dortmund Wanderers, German Bundesliga 1 (Germany)

Accomplishments/Achievements

Grinnell College: 2013-2016

2014

  • First Team All-Midwest Conference South, baseball

2015

  • Team Stat Leader: HR, RBI, Slugging, Innings Pitched
  • Grinnell College Most Valuable Player
  • First Team All-Midwest Conference South, baseball
  • D3baseball.com All–Central Region Third Team, Designated Hitter (link)

2016

  • Team Leader: HR, RBI, Avg., Slugging, OBP, Wins, Innings, ERA
  • Conference Stat Leader: HR, ERA Top 5: Avg, RBI, OBP, Wins, BAA, K,
  • Grinnell College Most Valuable Player
  • First Team All-Midwest Conference South
  • Midwest Conference Pitcher of the Year
  • D3baseball.com All–Central Region Second Team, Utility.  (link)
  • ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region First Team, Utility  (link)
  • ABCA/Rawlings All-American Second Team, Utility (link)

Gunn High School: 2009-20122011

  • Team Captain
  • First Team All-League
  • Most Outstanding Player

2012

  • Team Captain
  • First Team All-League
  • Most Valuable Player

Coaching Experience

2017: Assistant Coach, Ryde Hawks Junior League (13-14)
2017: Assistant Coach, Dortmund Wanderers (12-21)
2018: Co-Head Coach, Sydney Diamond Sports Diamondbacks (11-16)


STATISTICS

COLLEGE PITCHING STATS
Year Team ERA W-L GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO BAVG
2016 Grinnell 1.47 7-2 8 1 0/3 0 61.1 53 15 10 16 59 0.223
2015 Grinnell 3.41 4-5 9 2 1/0 0 63.1 63 36 24 15 52 0.261
2014 Grinnell 2.72 7-2 9 1 0 0 56.1 54 22 17 21 34 0.255
2013 Grinnell 3.72 2-0 8 3 0 0 19.1 19 13 8 10 9 0.241

 

COLLEGE HITTING STATS
Year Team AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
2016 Grinnell 122 34 52 10 2 10 41 17 18 6 0.426 0.510 0.787
2015 Grinnell 114 25 42 11 0 7 31 10 23 2 0.382 0.427 0.649

 

OVERSEAS PITCHING STATS
Year Team ERA W-L GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO WHIP BAVG
2017-18 Hawks* 4.24 2-2 5 0 0/1 0 46.2 44 23 22 33 56 1.67 0.251
2017 Dortmund 3.60 3-4 9 0 0 0 65 57 42 26 34 55 1.40
2016-17 Hawks 5.27 1-4 6 0 0 1 42.2 47 36 25 27 50 1.75 0.272

*As of Dec. 21, 2017

 

OVERSEAS HITTING STATS
Year Team AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
2017-18 Hawks* 62 12 15 3 0 1 11 13 20 3 0.242 0.377 0.339
2017 Dortmund 96 13 29 7 0 1 15 17 22 0.302 0.405 0.406
2016-17 Hawks 94 15 32 4 2 0 7 10 25 4 0.340 0.431 0.426

*As of Dec. 21, 2017


REFERENCES

Tim Hollibaugh – Head Baseball Coach, Grinnell College. Email: hollibau@grinnell.edu

“Graham Fisher was a two sport-athlete at Grinnell where he was all-conference in both as well as an All-America in Baseball as a utility player.  He is the hardest worker I have coached and put in countless hours not only in the weight room but on the field to improve in all areas.  He has a power bat with an exit velo of 92 mph and his fastball touched 89 when he was with us.  He is a talented player who will only continue to develop the longer he plays.”


Matt O’Neill – Head Coach, Ryde Hawks. Email: matt.oneill@live.com


SIGNING PREFERENCES

Financial arrangement: If a club offers him a place to stay and a job, Graham would be willing to pay his flights.

Availability: Available from end of March 2018.  No future obligations.  


CONTACT

Email: fishergr@grinnell.edu

Phone/Whatsapp: +1(650)804-9110

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/graham-fisher-28a61b70/


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