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TEAM: Houston Astros
AGE: 23 (Fisher will turn 24 in August)
TEAM: Houston Astros
AGE: 23 (Fisher will turn 24 in August)
POSITION: OF
BATS: Left
THROWS: Right
HEIGHT: 6-foot-3
WEIGHT: 205 lbs.
ACQUIRED: The Houston Astros chose Fisher in the first round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. He was a supplemental selection for the Astros, taken as the No. 37 player selected. He was chosen out of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The Texas Rangers had previously selected him out of Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, in the sixth round of the 2011 draft. Instead of signing with Texas, Fisher chose to attend the University of Virginia.
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STRENGTHS
Fisher brings a noticeable array of tools to the Astros.
He has a
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He is hitting .329 in the Pacific Coast League, by far the best offensive season of his four-year professional career.
His hitting success this year may have had a great deal to do with his promotion to the 25-man big league roster.
He will not likely hit for a high batting average as pitching becomes more complex and tougher to hit.
Defensively, Fisher does not take the best routes to balls in the outfield. An average outfielder at best, I believe he most reasonably profiles in left field, where the angles and the flight of the ball off the bat are not quite as complex as the issues he would face in center field. However, he has played all three outfield positions in the Astros’ system.
NARRATIVE
All one needs to know about Fisher is that he made it to Triple-A at the age of 23. That’s clearly way younger than the norm. He made a major league roster at the age of 24.
He led Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, to a district championship. As a junior he hit .440 with nine home runs and was named to the All-Pennsylvania Baseball Team. He hit .484 with 11 home runs as a
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Virginia evened the championship series with a 7-2 win in game two. (Dennis Hubbard/Icon Sportswire)
His collegiate career was interrupted by surgery in March 2014 for a broken hamate bone in his right wrist. It cost him 25 games of his junior year.
On June 14 this year the Astros promoted Fisher to the major league club. He took the roster spot of Josh Reddick, who had been placed on the seven-day disabled list. At the time of his promotion, Fisher had completed 245 at-bats at Fresno with a .335 batting average. He had never been on the 40-man roster, let alone the 25-man roster, prior to his promotion.
The Astros optioned Fisher back to Fresno on June 20, after he had played in five games and hit .278 in 21 plate appearances. He had five hits, including two home runs. He walked three times, struck out five times, and drove in three runs. He stole a base in his only attempt. All in all, it was a decent beginning to his major league career. He served notice to the Houston brass that his power was real and he can drive in runs. The strikeouts will be part of what he brings to his

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