BY JEFF FALK
Derek Fisher is not unlike most 18-year-olds, seemingly without the wisdom and experience to make a decision that will profoundly affect the rest of his life. What is different about Fisher’s decision is its scope and magnitude.
Fisher, a recent graduate of Cedar Crest High School, has apparently chosen college over playing professional baseball. According to his father Jim, Fisher has not signed the professional contract tendered him by the Texas Rangers.
In April, Fisher was selected by the Rangers in the sixth round of the major league baseball’s first-year player entry draft. For Fisher, Monday’s deadline for signing his contract came and went.
At the time of this writing, Fisher was out of town and unavailable for comment.
Fisher will now presumably honor his commitment to attend Virginia University and play Division One baseball for the Cavaliers.
Fisher could be drafted again, but not before his junior year in colleege.According to reports, one of the reasons Fisher fell to the sixth round of the drafte was his perceived “unsignability’.
Fisher was recently named Gatorade’s ‘Pennsylvania Player of the Year’. This spring, Fisher, a power-hitting centerfielder, led Cedar Crest to the Lancaster-Lebanon League championship. As a junior, he paced the Falcons to the District Three Class AAA title.