Astros Countdown: Top Five Closest Astros Prospects
By Colin Gay
In a year-and-a-half, Derek Fisher has become one of the most promising Astros prospects in the system. Why?
First of all, he is a five-tool outfielder. Fister has the power potential to hit over 20 home runs and drive in over 70 RBIs. He has the bat to hit over .265 and get on base consistently. He has first-to-third speed to stretch doubles into triples as well as make an impact when he gets on the base paths, stealing over 20 bases in the past two seasons in the minors.
Secondly, he has gotten better as he has gone through the minor league system. Through 38 games in 2017 at Triple-A Fresno, Fisher is hitting .323 with a .958 OPS. He has nine home runs, has driven in 25 RBIs and has stolen six bases in 13 attempts.
A bright future.
There are some things to watch out for with Fisher. He was a very patient hitter in Double-A, walking 16.5 percent of the time in 2016. However, when he moved up to Fresno in 2016, his walk percentage has almost halved to 8.1 percent through 38 games this season.
However, his strikeout numbers are still very high. In 129 games last season, Fisher struck out 154 times. So far this season, he strikes out 23.7 percent of the time. That seems a little high, especially when you talk about a potential call-up.
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No prospect is perfect when he his called up. However, the offensive potential for Fisher is through the roof. I could see him make a difference with a major league team this season.
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