Being drafted by Milwaukee is payoff for Grafton pitcher who overcame shoulder injury
Conor Fisk was watching the Major League Baseball draft on-line last week and couldn’t believe his eyes.
Although the Grafton High School pitcher had high hopes of being chosen by a big-league club, he never thought it would be his favorite team.
The Milwaukee Brewers put a smile on the senior’s face by selecting him in the 34th round on June 9.
“My name came up, and my mouth just dropped,” said Fisk, who received close looks from several Major League clubs for his play on a fall Midwest scout team and at talent showcases.
“I knew I would get drafted, but I didn’t where or when, and I didn’t think it would be the Brewers. It’s great.”
Fisk, a hard-throwing right-hander, has his sights set on a Major League career — a tough challenge for even the highest-profile high school players. But he had to overcome a serious injury to even be considered draft worthy.
In December 2008, he hurt his left shoulder playing in a high school hockey game. The injury, diagnosed as a torn labrum, sidelined him for several months for treatment and rehabilitation.
After being missing most the 2009 high-school baseball season, Fisk came back strong. He caught the eye of Andy Stack, a
Cincinnati Reds scout, and was chosen for the Reds Midwest Scout Team last fall.
Fisk established himself as a top arm on a squad that played in several states, including Illinois, Iowa and Florida. Baseball America
Magazine projected him as the No. 1 Wisconsin high school player in the draft.
“I was in the best shape of my life before the injury, so I knew I could get back,” Fisk said. “I was ticked off that it happened, but it made me more determined than ever to succeed.”
The son of Kevin and Marianne Fisk, he has gotten stronger and expanded his pitching repertoire, the strengths of which are a 90-mph fastball and sharp curve.
This spring, Fisk quickly re-established himself as the ace of a rejuvenated Grafton High baseball team.
He threw a five-inning perfect game against Brown Deer on May 29 and a one-hitter against Cedarburg on June 4. Through last week, he had a 5-0 record with a 0.38 earned-run average.
In his first 37 innings, Fisk struck out 64 batters and walked only six. Opponents were hitting .126 against him.
“Conor has been tremendous,” Grafton coach Brian Durst said.
“He’s earned everything he’s gotten. He’s really dedicated himself to becoming a big-league player and has the support of all his teammates.
“He’s the best pitcher we’ve ever had here. I can’t say enough about him.”
Although Fisk has been in contact with the Brewers, he’s undecided about his immediate future. If he doesn’t sign with the club by the Aug. 15 deadline, he plans to play baseball at Wabash Valley, a junior college in Mount Carmel, Ill.
“Right now, I can’t say what I will do,” Fisk said. “It really depends on what the Brewers do.”
But with his foot in the door for a shot at professional baseball, Fisk is focused on enjoying the rest of his high school career.
After going 4-23 last year, the Black Hawks have gotten off to an 8-3 start this season and are the surprise of the North Shore Conference.
“It’s really been a lot of fun,” Fisk said. “We’ve got good chemistry and are playing well after having some rough years.”
Fisk said he and his teammates are more determined than ever to succeed since losing teammate Matt Malkowski, who died in April after being injured in a car accident.
“We really want to win for him and his family,” Fisk said. “That’s what we think about when we go out there.”