Dealing with a slew of injuries to their pitching staff, some underperformance from other players, and most recently a concussion to outfielder Josh Reddick; the Houston Astros have called up their #2 position prospect from AAA Fresno, Derek Fisher.
Fisher, 23, is ranked as the #4 prospect in the Astros organization (behind Kyle Tucker, already promoted Francis Martes, and David Paulino). He will look to make his presence felt on an Astros team that has been decimated with injuries to the starting rotation and outfield as of late.
From the 2014 Houston Astros draft class, Fisher joins fellow prospect A.J. Reed as one of the only two players to have made it all the way up to the Astros so far. The Astros took Daniel Mengden in that draft as well, but he made it to the big leagues with the Oakland Athletics after being the centerpiece of the Scott Kazmir trade back in 2015.
We knew coming into this season that poor performance or injuries were going to be the only two ways that the Astros minor league stand outs would be able scratch the stacked major league roster. As luck (or lack thereof) would have it, an injury to Reddick and the inconsistency of Carlos Beltran has opened the door for Fisher.
In 60 games this season with Fresno, Fisher has registered a line of .335/.401/.608 with 16 home runs and 41 runs batted in, a wOBA of .480 and a wRC+ of 160. He also contributed in other areas with 13 stolen bases.
As exciting as the idea is of Fisher hitting the ball like this in the majors, remember that he is a rookie and there is a learning curve. As most players will tell you, it is a completely different animal when you enter the big leagues.
If Fisher can even come remotely close to these numbers the Astros lineup is going to get a huge boost for the remainder of the season.
No predictions from me on what his performance will be, but it is always exciting to see the farm talent get their chance to shine. Here’s to hoping he hits the ground running and makes a case for himself to be an everyday starter.