MSSU’s Fitzpatrick signs pro contract, collects first hit in debut

Jordan Fitzpatrick gets his first pro hit Wednesday night.
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JOPLIN, Mo. – Former Missouri Southern baseball standout Jordan Fitzpatrick has earned his shot to play professional baseball, signing on Monday with the Grand Junction Rockies in Grand Junction, Colorado.

The Rockies play in the Pioneer League – which operates as an independent “Partner League” of Major League Baseball.

“It means a lot. Baseball has been my world for pretty much my whole life,” Fitzpatrick says, “Getting the opportunity to play professionally is an incredible feeling.”

After signing on Monday, Fitzpatrick made his debut in right field for the Rockies on Wednesday. He went 1-5 at the plate in the game, collecting his first professional hit and first RBI – while also scoring a run.

“My first pro hit is going to be one to remember, because I actually broke my bat on that swing,” Fitzpatrick adds, “Hopefully I can continue to contribute in any way I can in the coming weeks.”

Fitzpatrick played at Missouri Southern from 2020-2022. He is a 2X All-MIAA selection, earning 2nd team All-MIAA honors as an outfielder in 2021. He was also an All-Region selection that season – hitting for a .369 average with team-high 69 hits, including 20 doubles and 14 home runs.

“I think playing at Southern helped me a lot,” Fitzpatrick says of his time in Joplin, “You’re playing for a great program in a solid conference. Being able to build a resume from that is obviously going to help propel guys to the next level. I’m extremely thankful to coach Darnell and coach Tuck for giving me the opportunity to play for them the last few years. If they hadn’t, there’s no telling if I would be getting an opportunity like this to continue playing.”

As for his future plans on the field?

“I just want to help the team in any way I can,” Fitzpatrick finishes, “I want to contribute when I get called upon to do so. If it ends up leading to something more, that’s awesome. If not, I’m just going to try and help any way I can while I’m here in Grand Junction.”