Mike Fish, Outfielder
HT : 6'1
WT : 205
DOB : January 3, 1991 (25), in Albany, New York
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : Siena College (Loudonville, NY)
Acquired : Drafted in 32nd Round of 2013 MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : #42
The Los Angeles Angels have been known for outfielders with surnames that consist of a fish-based title. Welcome the newest fish themed surname that could become an Angels outfielder in a short amount of time, Mike Fish. There's more to Fish than just his name, mostly in the ways of a compact swing and quality defense that could make him a force to be reconned with.
Fish has a compact swing from the right-side, which allows an optimal bat plane through the zone which brings consistent contact. He drives with his lower half, loading with his front foot and moving his weight to his back foot to stay back in his swing. As he does this, he drives through the ball and is a constant threat to force line drives to the gaps.
Fish has some power, mostly to the pull side. This comes from the compact swing which allows him to stay inside, but also takes a bit of his power away. That's where the line drive compact swing comes into play. Though he doesn't have the loft you'd like for a power hitting outfielder, he will be able to drive the ball gap-to-gap and smash balls to the left center gap primarily.
There is some aggression to Fish's approach, but he has shown better and better discipline as he's moved through the system. He has great knowledge of the strike zone and is a constant threat to reach base. The key to Fish's success at the plate is keeping things simple, finding his pitches and making adjustments when necessary.
Defensively, Fish is nowhere near a liability in the field. He has a cannon of an arm. He has moved around the outfield, and has found a place in the corners and is best suited for left field. This is no knock on his defensive abilities, as he ranges well to both sides and can go get it in the field, using his natural athleticism to gain ground.
On the base paths, Fish is hungry, but isn't the fastest guy around. He has the ability to take a base here and there, but will likely never be a double digit stolen base threat. In a mixture of athleticism and good initial burst, Fish will be someone who can take a base, and be able to make smart decisions on the paths.
When all is said and done, Fish is a sure thing. He should fit best as a fourth outfielder, who has a very simple game plan. Reach base, put the ball in the field, and find a way home. That's all you can ever ask of a guy who could be a nice piece off the bench.
Scouting Report from Taylor Blake Ward - Senior Publisher for Scout.com
After being named an All-State selection his senior year at Bethlehem High School, Fish joined the Siena program and took off immediately. He kicked his collegiate career off with a 12-game hit-streak and finished the season picking up hits in 18 of his final 19 games. Fish finished his freshman year hitting .318/.357/.411 with four home runs.
Fish combined two injury-ridden years at Siena and a strong senior campaign, batting .319/.359/.484 over his final three collegiate years. His strongest year came as a senior, where he hit .364 with a .824 OPS, 12 home runs and 51 RBI. Fish highlighted his collegiate career with 44 stolen bases and just eight errors in 517 chances, with only four coming in his final three years.
Fish exploded onto the scene after being drafted, hitting .409/.451/.712 with 14 extra-base hits in 71 plate appearances in AZL Tempe, collecting hits in 16 of 20 games. He made the leap to Rookie Orem, where he didn't cool off by much. He reached base in 24 of 26 games, and hit .337 with a 1.077 OPS, along with seven home runs and 33 RBI.
In his sophomore professional season, Fish cooled off slightly, batting .252/.306/.402 while gaining 57 RBI and 51 runs scored while hitting 40 extra-base hits. He began his season strong, batting .281 in his first 67 games, having 31 of his 40 extra-base hits coming in his first 286 plate appearances.
This past season, Fish thrived in High-A, batting .297/.350/.363, but did see his slugging take a hit with just 18 extra-base hits. Fish did manage some incredible stretches, such as a 14-game on-base streak and 24 game stretch where he reached base in 22 games, and hit .430/.520/.512. Fish's best stretch last season came in the month of May, where he reached base in 17 of 19 games, and hit .471/.561/.529, finishing the month with six-straight multi-hit games.
Though age is beginning to catch Fish, he's right on pace to become a Major Leaguer, constantly developing. That would lead the next step to be Double-A in 2016, where he saw limited time in 2015. As he continues to excel, more will be seen as to whether he fits the mold as a Major Leaguer.
At his current development, Fish should see Major League time around 2017 or 2018. It all depends on what he does in Double-A and Triple-A over the course of the next season or two. As mentioned above, Fish fits best as a fourth outfield option in the future.
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This article was published by Taylor Blake Ward, who serves as a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.