In another move to solidify the Astros’ future, they wasted no time in signing outfielder, lefty-batter Derek Fisher — a top, nationally-renowned prospect yesterday.
Fisher was the Astros’ second pick of the MLB Draft and was selected 37th overall.
He is also fresh off contributing to a strong postseason run — he had 12 RBIs — with the University of Virginia who were a runner-up to Vanderbilt University in the College World Series.
Fisher had longed for a such a run and was finally able to realize a childhood dream.
“It was everything that I wanted and more,” Fisher told the Houston Chronicle’s Evan Drellich at yesterday’s press conference. “Going to Omaha was something I dreamed about as a kid.”
Fisher, 20, batted .260 with 46 hits, 29 RBIs as well as going 5-for-8 on stolen bases in 44 games of action this past season for the Cavaliers. His season was quite abbreviated of sorts after suffering a broken hamate bone in his right hand 15 games into the season.
He did return with six weeks to go and didn’t seem to miss a beat and even knocked out a couple of home runs.
But his previous two seasons were better because he was relatively healthy, was batting close to .300, with about 60 hits each season, RBIs around 50 each, with nearly double the stolen bases.
But this isn’t the first time Fisher has been down this road before.
Fisher was drafted by the Texas Rangers three years ago but turned down a lucrative contract to play for Virginia.
Fast forward to three years later, he now feels he is prepared for what’s ahead of him. Here’s what he tweeted yesterday evening thanking the Astros:
Today was truly a blessing. I am ready for this new chapter in my life and I can’t thank the @astros enough for giving me the opportunity!
— Derek Fisher (@DeFish23) July 2, 2014
As far as his characteristics, it has been said that his strong points are his hitting, power, speed but he lacks a strong arm and a sense of urgency when playing defense. He possesses qualities that are best suited to bat in the middle of a lineup.
Those are things he will work on as he moves up the ranks in the Astros’ farm system.
Fisher is expected to start his career with the Single-A Short Season Tri-City Valley Cats and is projected to play left field.
Here’s a Scouting Video of Fisher demonstrating the power of his bat to help you get more acclimated if not already:
This is another prospect I look forward to going through the ranks of the Astros’ farm system. It will be interesting to see what type of player he will be in couple of years after full development.
I’ll keep a close eye — this guy could be a steal!