NATCHITOCHES – Euphoric moments are becoming commonplace for David Fry.
Eleven days after being named the Most Valuable Player of Northwestern State’s first Southland Conference Baseball Tournament championship, Fry became the 47th Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft pick in school history.
The Southland Conference Player of the Year was selected in Tuesday’s second day of the 2018 draft as the Milwaukee Brewers used their seventh-round selection (215th overall) on Fry.
“It’s been a crazy couple of weeks,” said Fry, named a third-team All-American first baseman by Collegiate Baseball this past week. “It’s been emotional. The SLC Tournament was so much fun. Going to Oregon, not knowing what to expect in a regional – win a game, play against some really good players. Then today, getting drafted, it’s been a heck of a couple of weeks.”
A senior from Colleyville, Texas, Fry became NSU’s highest-drafted player since the Minnesota Twins took Mason Melotakis with their second-round selection in 2012.
Fry spent the second half of the season rotating between first base and catcher, the position at which the Brewers announced him while making him the sixth top-10-round pick in NSU baseball history.
He started 16 of NSU’s final 34 games behind the plate, making his Demons debut there on April 8 against Stephen F. Austin.
“I’m ready for it,” Fry said of the possibility of becoming a full-time catcher. “I worked my butt off to be able to catch this season. I’ve gotten really comfortable back there. With my speed, I think I’ll be back there.”
Fry capped his Northwestern State career with SLC Player of the Year honors after leading Northwestern State in batting average (.327), home runs (12) and RBIs (55) for the second straight season.
His 26 doubles set a school single-season record as did his 245 at-bats. His 148 total bases are second most in a single season, and his 80 hits are the sixth-highest total in Demons history. Fry’s 12 home runs are tied for seventh while his .604 slugging percentage ranks eighth all-time in school single-season history.
He finished his Northwestern State career in the top 10 in nine categories, including the school records for at-bats (851), total bases (431) and doubles (74) and shares the school record for home runs (31). Fry also stands in the career top 10 in hits (256, 2nd), RBIs (156, 2nd), hit by pitch (40, 3rd), games played (220, T-4th) and runs scored (154, 6th).
“I’ve said it a hundred times, he deserves everything he’s getting,” second-year head coach Bobby Barbier said. “The Brewers did a really good job of scouting him and seeing the value he can bring behind the plate. I think he’s going to play for a really long time.”
As for his professional destination, Fry was eager to begin learning about the Milwaukee system, which does not feature a short-season Class-A team, a level where collegiate draftees often are sent.
“I don’t know a whole lot,” Fry said. “I haven’t had time to do a lot of research. I know most of their teams are in the north, so I’m interested in a little cooler weather. I’m excited to go wherever and get started.”