Astros Countdown: Players to Watch in August
By Colin Gay
With George Springer on the 10-day disabled list with a quad injury, Derek Fisher gets another major league stint with the Astros. However, depending on how he hits, this one could be for good.
So far, Fisher has not disappointed In 29 at bats, the 23-year-old outfielder is hitting .276 with a .846 OPS. Of his eight hits at the major league level, two of them have left the yard. Fisher has also brought in five RBIs and has scored himself five times.
This season, Fisher has developed a more patient approach at the plate than in years past. Before 2017, he would strikeout more that 20 percent of the time. In 2017 with Triple-A Fresno, he only struck out 19.3 percent of the time, the lowest percentage of his career.
In his eight-game stint with the Astros, he has struck out seven times in 29 at bats. Yes, that adds up to a strikeout percentage of 21.2 percent. However, he also has walked 12.1 percent of the time as a major leaguer, his highest percentage since he was with Double-A Corpus Christi in 2016.
With a solid offensive showing at the major league level, it would be hard for the Astros to send a prospect of the caliber of Fisher back to Fresno.