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Oklahoma State Baseball: MLB Draft-Zach Fish

The reigning Big 12 Player of the year had his name called Saturday. The slugger was selected by the White Sox in the 11th round. What does that mean for a player that could come back next season?

Zach Fish was a potent slugger for the Cowboys.
Zach Fish was a potent slugger for the Cowboys.
Mark West

Not surprixingly, Fish has decided to forego his senior season and has signed with the White Sox, joining former Cowboy and White Sox manager Robin Ventura.

Zach Fish has been one of the most exciting players that the Oklahoma State Cowboys have put up to bat in quite some time. Fish put together a year that not many Cowboys in history have been able to do. For one, Fish claimed the title as the Big 12 Player of the Year after posting a .314 batting average, 11 home runs, and 48 RBI's. His career numbers are just as impressive with 22 home runs and 110 RBI's. Could that power bat be back in the orange and black next season? That question has yet to be answered, but with a pick in the 11th round, Fish will definitely be weighing his options.

Money for an 11th round pick is anywhere between $100,000 and $135,000, so yes, that is significant cash for any person, but for Fish, it may not be about the money. From a scouting perspective, Fish has shown what he can do, and so with that being said, Fish may not be able to move up in the draft next season, so now may be the time to take the money and run. Coming back next year and risking injury could even shut the door on a prospect. It is the cutthroat business of baseball, but it is what it is. Fish was a 24th round pick out of high school, and as far as progression goes, a 13 round jump is usually as good as it gets.

Zach Fish was a great player for Oklahoma State, but don't expect him to come back next season. It will certainly be a big void to fill next season, but with another stellar recruiting class coming in there should be some confidence in Fish's replacement with Holliday at the helm.