Top Prospect #32: 3B Kiel Fisher

For an organization that produced Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and then went into the dumps as far as churning out third base prospects, the Phillies appear to have solved that problem. The organization has a number of young players coming along to play the hot corner and Kiel Fisher is one of the newer members on the list of top prospects. With less than 100 games of professional experience, Fisher is starting to get noticed more and more.

The Phillies drafted Kiel Fisher in the third round of the 2002 Draft. Since Fisher was coming out of high school, the Phillies decided to start him in the Gulf Coast League. The inaugural pro season for Fisher was bleak at best. After 35 games, Fisher found himself hitting just .229, but the Phillies weren't disappointed even though Fisher was. Like a lot of young players, Fisher had dreams of coming into the professional ranks and tearing things up. The Phillies were more realistic and planned on their young player starting at a slower pace. They looked at the 2002 season as simply a chance for Fisher to get his feet wet and find out what it's like to grip a wooden bat.

 

A long stay at the Phillies minor league complex in Clearwater started Fisher's summer in 2003 as he waited for the short-season rookie leagues to begin. When the assignments came out, Fisher was again back in the Gulf Coast League, but this time, he was a different player. The change in maturity and confidence was almost amazing. Quickly, Fisher impressed enough people in the Phillies minor league department that he was headed north to Batavia and a chance to play in the New York / Penn League.

 

Things went even better in Batavia and suddenly, the Phillies saw the player that they figured would emerge. By the end of the 2003 season, Fisher had hit a combined .332 in the two rookie leagues. If there is a concern anywhere, it's in Fisher's defense. In 54 games in the Gulf Coast League and Batavia, Fisher made 14 errors. Some scouts believe that the action may be a little fast for Fisher at third and there are whispers that he could be moved either to the outfield or possibly, second base.

 

It's likely that the Phillies will give Fisher his first shot at full-season professional baseball in 2004 with an assignment to Lakewood in the South Atlantic League. The Phillies will continue to work with Fisher to improve his defense and figure that offensively, things will come along at their own pace.

 

Kiel Fisher's Career Stats

 

Year / Team

HR

RBI

AVG

SB

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

BB

SO

2002 GCL

(Rookie)

3

20

.229

1

35

105

9

24

4

1

13

34

2003 GCL

(Rookie)

1

13

.323

4

29

96

16

31

6

3

18

21

2003 Batavia

(Rookie)

1

11

.340

3

26

97

12

33

4

2

13

26

Minor League Totals

5

44

.295

8

90

208

37

88

14

6

44

81

 


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