(Photo by Brett Coomer-Houston Chronicle)
Astros Minors Update is back with news from Lancaster. The defending California League champion JetHawks have struggled to score runs of late, so let’s see what’s going on down on the farm and try to make sense of this ever shuffling the roster.
Lancaster lost another huge talent to promotion last week as A.J. Reed was rightfully advanced to double-A Corpus Christi. Let’s give the big man his final Lancaster curtain call. At the time of his promotion Reed was leading the league in homers, batting average, R.B.I., on-base percentage, slugging, OPS, and walks. He was very much a man among boys and deserved to head to the Astros stacked double-A affiliate with former JetHawk Brett Phillips. There is still plenty of talent at the high-A level, though. Check it out.
Jun 24, 2014; Omaha, NE, USA; Virginia Cavaliers outfielder Derek Fisher (23) drives in the tying run in the top of the sixth inning against the Vanderbilt Commodores during game two of the College World Series Finals at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Virginia defeated Vanderbilt 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
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Derek Fisher has split 2015 to this point between Quad Cities A-ball and Lancaster high-A. His combined numbers for the year are pretty sharp as expected after his promising 2014 debut. He is hitting .271, with a .349 OBP. While being a great hitter who is still developing, his speed is the most intriguing part of his game. He has 20 stolen bases to accompany his 16 homers and 65 R.B.I. in just 82 games. The strikeouts are a little high, but remember that he is still just 21 and has that power/speed/OBP to become anything from a leadoff man to a number 3 hitter. The sky is the limit, although I would expect him to remain in Lancaster for the remainder of 2015.
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