Bill Iezzi: Darren Fischer and the Los Angeles Angels

Cumberland Regional High pitcher Darren Fischer, drafted by the Los Angeles Angels on June 9, is getting close to signing a contract with the club, according to his father, Gary Fischer, with whom I spoke on July 13.

Tomas Rivera, who works for Pro-1 and has been guiding the 17-year-old Cumberland Regional graduate, confirmed this to me the same day.

The 6-foot, 1-inch, 170-pound lefty was drafted in the 46th round. He had a 5-5 record in high school last season. In 63 innings he struck out 11, walked 30 and had an ERA of 1.88.

His father said he completed all of his games.

"Within the next couple of weeks," Gary Fischer said when asked when he expected his son to sign a contract. "He has a tournament coming up this weekend and next.

"I got a call [from the Angels] yesterday and they are about ready to sit down at a table and get this off the ground," Gary Fischer said.

Darren Fischer plays with his father for Joyce's Stars in the Salem County Summer League. He also plays for North Cumberland in the Big League 16-18.

Rivera told me: "They like that he is a lefty pitcher, his control and his demeanor on the mound."  

Rivera figures that Fischer will sign during the week of July 19.