Astros: 4 Rookie hitters who will have big roles in 2017

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Aug 21, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Yulieski Gurriel (0) waits on deck in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Yulieski Gurriel (0) waits on deck in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports /
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Derek Fisher

Nov 7, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Astros outfielder Derek Fisher during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 7, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Astros outfielder Derek Fisher during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Fisher is the guy the Astros drafted with the competitive balance pick they got from the Baltimore Orioles for Bud Norris. He is technically a first round talent with a bright future ahead of him. As Jim Callis said on Talking Stros a few weeks back, Fisher is almost a five-tool player. His one weakness could be his batting average.

In his first three seasons, he has demonstrated great speed on the bases by stealing 17, 31, and 28 bases. The past two seasons, he has added above average power hitting 22 and 21 homers respectively.

His defense has always been one of his strengths. He has spent most of his time playing center field and left field, with a few appearances in right field. He spent a little time in Triple-A last year, so he could be ready when needed.

A left who can hit lefties.

Fisher, like many of the Astros young prospects bat left-handed. However, unlike some, he has a slightly better slash line versus left-handed pitching.

2016 vs. right-handed pitchers: 376 at-bats with 16 homers and 70 walks. Slash line of .250/ .367/ .441/ .809.

2016 vs. left-handed pitchers: 102 at-bats with five homers and 13 walks. Slash line of .275/ .368/ .471 / .838.

He has a great eye at the plate despite his 154 strikeouts last year. He will get some seasoning at Triple-A and could be an option at one point.

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