Astros Fresno Player Spotlight: Derek Fisher makes his case
Astros Derek Fisher continues to put his name in our mouths.
His play has been stellar, and he is setting himself up to either be with the Houston Astros or a part of a trade that will put him in the Majors somewhere soon. I am turning into a broken record, and that is all the fault of Fresno Outfielder Derek Fisher. He has continued to crush Triple-A pitching, which isn’t exactly the little leagues.
The outfielder is hitting his way into the discussion the same way that Alex Bregman did a year ago. In the last ten games, Fisher has hit .447 with four home runs, and 12 Runs batted in. His numbers are very impressive.
On the season, Fisher is hitting .338 with 14 home runs, and 39 RBIs He has also stolen 11 bases, and he carries an OPS of 1.007. The real question now is, how long can the Astros hold him down? With the struggles of Nori Aoki, that is something that the Astros community has constantly been asking.
Fisher is a left-handed bat, and the depth in the outfield that is already in Houston would allow them to use him against right-handed pitching exclusively. So why is he still down?
With the numbers that Fisher is posting, his trade value is at its highest, and I think Houston is going to take advantage of that.
Everyone knows that Houston needs a solid starting pitcher to ensure they are ready for a deep playoff run. Gerrit Cole, Chris Archer, Jose Quintana, and maybe even Yu Darvish are all possible targets for Houston to go after. The Astros don’t want Fisher to come up and struggle, so he stays down.
To make those trades happen, it is going to take either Derek Fisher or Kyle Tucker. I think that the Astros are not willing to trade Kyle Tucker, seeing that his potential is through the roof. If Fisher can make himself enticing enough, they can use him to get the pitching that the team needs.
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The Astros have depth at every position, and the outfield is no exception. We may see Fisher in Houston at some point this season, but he could also be used to add a pitcher. Let us know what you all have to say about the matter. It should be interesting to see what unfolds
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