With the No. 12 pick in the 1988 MLB Amateur Draft the Boston Red Sox selected LHP Tom Fischer out of the University of Wisconsin and thus started a stop watch that is still running today, 32 years later.
Fischer never lived up to his lofty draft status and his career topped out at AAA Pawtucket. In his seven years of pro ball, Fischer had a 4.82 ERA in 741 innings pitched and ended up with a 47-48 career record.
The last Wisconsin Badgers player to ever get drafted in the MLB Amateur Draft was Thomas Vilet in 1991. He was picked round No. 23 by the Philadelphia Phillies, who would go on to ruin my childhood a mere two years later by losing to the Toronto Blue Jays on a Joe Carter walk-off home run. Vilet was, uh, not on the big league club that year.
Maybe next year, Wisconsin baseball!