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Derek Fisher

Born: 08/21/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 215
Primary Position: LF
Secondary Position: CF
Athletic frame, high waist, thick quads, strong legs; narrow shoulders with some slope, room to fill out top half.
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 08/04/2015
Dates Seen 9 games June-July 2015
Affiliate Lancaster JetHawks (High A, Astros)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2017 Moderate 55 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 45 Upright, square stance, bat rests on shoulder; moderate load with significant hitch, noise to trigger point compromises barrel control; mild leverage, above-average bat speed; moderate balance, inconsistent timing to front side; squares velo, all-fields approach has become more pull-oriented; frequently expands the zone, over-aggressive with runners on, will get caught sitting fastball in hitter's counts.
Power 55 60 raw; increased leverage to pull side in hitter's counts, holds mechanics; mild leverage limits game utility; pull and straight-away power.
Baserunning/Speed 65 4.07 to first; two steps to full speed; efficient cross-over, good reads and quick breaks on stolen base attempts.
Glove 45 Raw reactions off the bat, struggles to judge trajectory; lacks instinct in center, struggles in space near the wall; outstanding closing speed; raw route-running has slowly improved, aggressive charging the ball, conservative on 50/50 balls.
Arm 40 Below-average arm strength and carry, footwork lags in positioning body to throw; moderate accuracy.

Fisher's athleticism stands out on the field, though it doesn't fully translate on the defensive side. He lacks the kind of nose for the ball that a true center fielder needs, and coupled with a below-average arm he will likely be limited to left. He's shown enough improvement in his routes to suggest a competent ceiling in that corner as long as his speed holds up.

There's a lot of interesting raw material in his offensive game. He can be a legitimate weapon on the basepaths, with outstanding speed and quickness, and the instincts to make the tool play. He brings surprising pop into the box but lacks consistency in his execution at present. The first half of his swing has a lot of moving parts. He'll lose his bat control and get out of synch regularly. And while he shows command of the zone around the black he'll frequently expand up and down to take himself out of at-bats.

If the offensive profile comes together and he gets on base enough, there's potential for an above-average regular in left. His speed and power combination should be enough to get him into a Major League lineup for a period of time even if the hit tool never quite gets there.

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