Nathan Charles Fisher
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 1", Weight 205 lb.
- School University of Nebraska
- High School Yutan High School
- Debut August 21, 2022
Pitcher Nate Fisher was a finance major at the University of Nebraska. He went undrafted after his senior season and was signed by the Seattle Mariners as an undrafted free agent on June 8, 2019. He pitched that season for the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League and West Virginia Power of the South Atlantic League, combining to go 0-2, 4.10 in 12 games.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in spring 2020 and cancelled the minor league season, a lot of teams reacted by cutting lose some of their minor league players who were not considered serious prospects. Nate was one of the victims of that cynical policy, being released on May 27th. He figured his baseball career was over and put his college degree to use, finding work at the First National Bank of Omaha, NE as a commercial lending analyst. But when things settled down and rthe minor leagues started to rev up again, the Mariners came calling and offered to sign him again the following June. He accepted and saw action at four different levels in a whirlwind season, starting with the AZL Mariners and moving up successively to Everett (now in the High-A West), the AA Arkansas Travelers and the AAA Tacoma Rainiers. In 21 games, he went 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings.
He had only signed a one-year contract as the Mariners were just looking to fill out their minor leaague ranks in the short term, and became a free agent after the season. With his solid numbers, he was able to land an offer from the New York Mets and started the 2022 season in AA with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. After 22 games, he was promoted to the AAA Syracuse Mets, going 1-3, 3.38 in a swingman role in 24 games between the two teams. On August 21st, he was called up to New York and made his debut that same days against the Philadelphia Phillies. He relieved Jose Butto who had given up 7 runs in 4 innings in his own major league debut, and pitched much better, giving the Mets 3 scoreless innings of work during which he allowed just 1 hit and 2 walks. This allowed the Mets to come back and tie the game, eventually winning it, 10-9, thanks to a three-run 9th inning. Such being the reality of baseball in the days of churning through bullpens, he was designated for assignment before the next game in order to clear a spot on the major league roster.
- Paul Casella: "No more Sundays off for this banker turned Mets pitcher", mlb.com, August 21, 2022.