MSU baseball: OF Jimmy Pickens to Reds in 15th round, C Joel Fisher to Phillies in 23rd round of MLB draft

Outfielder Jimmy Pickens was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 15th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Saturday afternoon, the first Michigan State player off the board in the last day of the three-day event.

In the 23rd round, the Philadelphia Phillies drafted senior catcher Joel Fisher with the 682nd pick of the draft. They were the only two Spartans selected in the 40-round draft.

Junior right fielder Pickens, who is from West Bloomfield, was taken with the 455th overall pick. He previously had been selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 41st round (1,247 overall) in the 2011 draft and is the seventh MSU junior to be selected in the draft since 2010.

Pickens, at 6 feet and 220 pounds, earned first-team All-Big Ten honors this spring after leading MSU with a .318 average with 35 RBIs and 22 steals. He also tied for the team lead with five home runs.

Fisher, from Farmington Hills, is a first-time draftee. The 6-3, 235-pound four-year starter batted .264 with 39 RBIs and provided steady defense behind the plate. He also had five home runs.

MSU thought it might have as many as five players and two incoming recruits selected today. Blaise Salter, Mick VanVossen and Jeff Kinley – all juniors – were not selected. Neither were signees Keegan Baar (Hudsonville) and Alex Troop (Batavia, Ill.), both of whom were highly regarded prep prospects in their respective states.

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