A Look at the Astros’ Double-A Corpus Christi
Pitching has definitely led the way for the Corpus Christi Hooks thus far in the season. Except Alex Bregman, the offense for the Hooks is off to a poor start. But with the talent of the team, it is only a matter of time before the hits start coming. One player who has the potential to turn the offense around is left fielder Derek Fisher.
Derek Fisher was the 37th overall pick of the Houston Astros in the 2014 draft. He was originally drafted straight out of high school but unsurprisingly decided not to sign with the Rangers. After his collegiate career with Virginia, he was drafted by the Astros. In his initial year in the minors, Fisher spent the majority of his time in Class-A Tri-City ValleyCats, hitting .303 with an impressive .378 On Base Percentage. Last year he split time with Class-A Advanced Lancaster and Class-A Full Quad Cities. He found the power swing, finishing with 22 homers and 87 RBIs. One especially impressive game Fisher had three homers and 12 RBIs, including two grand slams. Derek Fisher has the potential to be a great player in the League.
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Derek Fisher’s main abilities include hitting for average and hitting for power. Fisher has also shown some serious speed in his baseball career so far. His fielding percentage has also been solid at .972.
The Astros invited Derek Fisher out to Spring Training this year, but only briefly. He had one hit in 7 at-bats (a home run). To this point in the season, Fisher, like many other Hooks players, is in a slump. Hitting a career-low .202, he is bound to get his act together eventually and become the player has the potential to be. One main problem for Fisher this year is his high strikeouts (24) and his low OPS (.703). With such a skilled player as Derek Fisher is he should soon be able to figure out Double-A pitching.
Derek Fisher, with more time in the Minor Leagues, could develop into an overall better player. He has the potential to be a starting outfielder of the future for this Houston Astros squad. With only one year left on the contracts of both Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez, some outfield positions may open up soon for young talent. If Derek Fisher can bring as much success championship-wise as his namesake in the NBA, the Houston Astros will have a long future with the young 22-year-old.
*Stats via milb.com*