Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 114 of 286. For the first 100, click here.
Keegan Griffith Fish is a 5’11”, 190 lb. right-handed, switch-hitting catcher out of Lakota West High in West Chester, Ohio. Lakota West has produced one major leaguer to date, outfielder Jacob May.
Fish was born on September 19th, 1999, and the Miami Marlins chose him in the 13th round of the 2018 MLB Amateur Entry Draft. Selected 387th overall, if Fish makes it to the big leagues, he would be the eighth player drafted at that spot. The fraternity is led by Gene Garber (1965, Pittsburgh Pirates, 16.9 career WAR), and Kelby Tomlinson (2011, San Francisco Giants, 1.9 WAR). You can follow Fish on Twitter @keeganfish.
"Anybody that’s ever picked up a glove, picks up a baseball bat, throws a baseball for the first time, they fall in love with it and your dream is to become a professional baseball player. Having that happen right now, getting drafted by such a great organization in such a great city and a great place is truly an unreal feeling. All glory to God. It’s hard to put into words how much it means to me and my family. – Fish, as quoted by Adam Baum of the Cincinnati Enquirer."
After signing with the Miami Marlins for a $125,000 bonus, Fish joined the Florida-based, rookie-level GCL Marlins in the Gulf Coast League. In 16 games, Fish hit seven-for-38 with two doubles, three runs, and three RBI. He drew nine walks and struck out 15 times. Fish put up a .184/.347/.237 slashline.
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Defensively, Fish played 100 2/3 innings at catcher for GCL, earning a .964 fielding percentage. He threw out six-of-22 baserunners trying to steal second, good for a 27 percent kill rate. He also passed seven balls. On June 23rd, Fish went two-for-three with a double and a run scored in a 3-0, five-inning rain-shortened victory over the GCL Nationals.
On August 29th, the Miami Marlins promoted Fish to the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn League. Just before the end of the season, Fish got into only one game for the upstate New York club, going one-for-three with a walk and an RBI in a 5-4 victory against the Auburn Doubledays.
Fish should commence the 2019 season with the Muckdogs, for whom he is still currently rostered. Continued progress would see him with the Clinton LumberKings in 2020, the Jupiter Hammerheads in 2021, the and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in 2022. Late 2022 would also be the earliest projection for Fish to arrive with the parent club in Miami.
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