It’s been quite a run of days for the Cavalier baseball program. Pavin Smith were drafted No. 7 & 8 overall in the first round of the MLB Draft. Tommy Doyle taken in the 2nd round on Monday night. Ernie Clement and Alec Bettinger were drafted in the 2nd day of the draft. No recruits have been drafted!
And now news has broken that former UVa outfielder Derek Fisher has been called up by the Houston Astros nearly three years to the day of his draft!
I've learned #Astros recall OF prospect Derek Fisher from Triple-A Fresno (.335/.401/.608). Announcement soon. (photo @usatsimg) #khou11 pic.twitter.com/1gFuNRqEjh— Jason Bristol (@JBristolKHOU) June 14, 2017
Per his dad, Cedar Crest grad Derek Fisher is headed to Houston to join the Astros. Got the call last night. Congrats to Fisher.— Pat Huggins (@phuggsports) June 14, 2017
While in the Astros organization, Fisher has been more than impressive totaling a .283 average and slugging .486. Not to mention his 61 home runs and 226 RBI in just 354 games.
This season, Fisher has turned in the best season of his young career batting .335 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI for AAA Fresno.
Just last week Fisher was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for batting .435 with 3 home runs in six games.
With the Astros leading the AL West by 11 games already this season, this could come as a bit of a surprise since they are playing so well. They could want Fisher to get meaningful MLB at bats in a less pressure packed season to see how he performs, or they could hope he tears it up during his time in Houston and use him as a bargaining chip with the trade deadline rapidly approaching. Time will tell.