Joliet Justin Fiske Joins Batavia

On Independence Day, the St. Louis Cardinals organization acquired independent league left-hander Justin Fiske from the Joliet JackHammers and assigned him to the Batavia Muckdogs.

The St. Louis Cardinals have again dipped into the independent leagues for reinforcements. The latest recruit is left-handed pitcher Justin Fiske, whose contract was purchased from the Joliet (IL) JackHammers of the Northern League on July 4.

The 5-foot-11, 185 pound pitcher will report to the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League. The native of College Station, TX had signed with the JackHammers on June 19 after completing his collegiate career at Texas State University. He went 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in four appearances for Joliet, all in relief.

With the Texas State Bobcats this past spring, the 22-year-old went 9-3 in 19 games (12 starts) and posted a 2.01 ERA. He struck out 110 batters in 111 2/3 innings of work while walking just 39. Opposing hitters managed to hit just .196 against him.

For his accomplishments on and off the diamond, Fiske was named to the All-Southland Conference First Team and was selected for the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team.

In 2006, Fiske was the Bobcats' closer, collecting six saves in 32 appearances. Prior to enrolling at Texas State, Fiske played for Richland Junior College, also former home of fellow lefty Matt Spade. Now assigned to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, Spade signed a free agent deal with the Cards organization on June 14.

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