June 15, 2017
The Situation: The Astros have been using Nori Aoki and Josh Reddick as the lefty side of their outfield-corner platoons, Reddick might hit the DL with a concussion, and Aoki is little more than a warm body at this point in his career. With the passing of the Super 2 deadline for 2017, Derek Fisher becomes the latest beneficiary. The call up comes just a day after GM Jeff Luhnow pronounced Fisher “ready” to MLB.com.
The Background: Fisher played high school ball in Central Pennsylvania at Cedar Cliff High School. He was drafted in the sixth round of 2011 by the Rangers, but chose to go to the University of Virginia. He was a first-round supplemental pick (37th overall) by the Astros in the 2014 draft. He has worked through the Astros’ system at a rate of two levels per season ever since.
Scouting Report: The only question about Fisher has been whether he would make enough contact to be an effective offensive contributor. He has shown plus power and speed throughout his career, but some swing and miss as well. What has encouraged the Astros is that Fisher has improved his offensive effectiveness as he has progressed. His 19.3 percent strikeout rate this season is the lowest of his career.