To top it off, the 24-year-old is one of three St. Louis Cardinals left-handed starting pitching prospects invited to the 2008 Arizona Fall League as a part of the Peoria Saguaros to play a relief role. This opportunity has allowed Fiske, Brad Furnish and Tyler Norrick to perhaps get a leg up on earning a left-handed spot with Triple-A Memphis next season.
In the AFL to date, Fiske has been the most effective of the three. In nine innings over seven outings, he has allowed three earned runs for a tidy 3.00 ERA. Fiske has fanned seven and walked four. Opposing batters are hitting .289 against him.
During the 2008 regular season, Fiske posted a 3.26 ERA across three levels, A, A-Advanced and Double-A. He struck out 96 in 85 2/3 innings while walking 35 and made ten starts for Springfield. Perhaps pointing to a future role in relief, Fiske restricted left-handed hitters to a .197 average while righties did better at .253.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder sat down prior to a recent AFL game to discuss his 2008 season, the differences between starting and relieving, his repertoire, 2009 goals and more.
Previous AFL interviews:
Manager Ron "Pop" Warner.
RHSP Adam Ottavino
LHRP Brad Furnish
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