2011 Draft: Derek Fisher

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The draft is just four days away, so between now and then I’m going to highlight some players individually rather than lump a few together in one post.

Derek Fisher | OF

Stuck in the baseball wasteland known as Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Fisher did not get much exposure with Cedar Crest High School this spring because the weather did not cooperate. He is committed to Virginia.

Scouting Report
Fisher’s calling card is his huge power from the left side, which stems from a lightning quick bat and good leverage. It’s the kind of power that you just don’t find anymore, the kind that can put the ball out of any part of every park. Fisher is also extremely patient at the plate, perhaps to a fault as he often lets hittable pitches go by early in the count. There’s a difference between patient and passive, and he’s passive. Fisher has a problem with breaking balls and is prone to chasing such pitches out of the zone, an obvious obstacle that he will have to overcome. He’s a left fielder long-term because he’s not a great runner and will only slow down as he fills out his 6-foot-3, 205 lb. frame, plus his arm is no weapon. Fisher won’t be a statue on defense, he’s just not fast enough for center and doesn’t have the arm for right.

Figuring out how to hit breaking balls is always a tough adjustment, maybe the toughest part of a hitter’s development, but Fisher’s upside is crazy high given his immense power. It’s from the left side too, which plays right to Yankee Stadium‘s strengths. That said, Fisher is obviously very risky and will be a slow mover, but the sudden decrease in power around the game makes his oh so desirable. Both Keith Law and Baseball America listed Fisher as the 66th best prospect in the draft in their latest rankings, and KLaw said he was floating a $2M+ price tag in today’s chat.

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  • http://twitter.com/steveh_MandAura Steve H

    He’s a flopper. Oops, wrong Derek Fisher.

    Would he be in contention at #51, or is he more 3rd-5th round? Or later?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      That 2M bonus demand probably pushes him down into the 3rd-8th round range. Maybe we can jump on him, Dellin Betances-style.

      Have the Yankees been linked to him at all?

  • Tim Wilkson

    Fisher was the 5th quickest at the East Coast Pro showcase, and ran a 6.65. For a kid of his size I would hardly call that slow.

  • Guest

    “Fisher won’t be a statue on defense”

    Kobe begs to differ…

    • BigTimeBartolo


  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    I smell upside.

    Bring him to me.

  • Phil

    This kid IS a corner outfielder, & yes, left field sounds about — uh, right. Oh, if I failed to mention it, this kid can really hit! If it means anything to y’all, he’s a Yankee fan too! If he’s available at #51 & we don’t take him, he won’t be around come pick 80 whatever we have.

    Moving on to another prospect I like a LOT, there’s this high school kid who plays for San Marcos High School in California & needless to say, they are NOT a baseball powerhouse. The thing is, this kid IS a good baseball player, & the upside on him is HUGE. He’s a switch-hitting catcher w/awesome power from the left-side, and a the kind of arm you could only wish your team’s catcher always possessed. His name is Riley Moore, he’s committed to play college ball at the U. of Arizona, he is NOT a Yankee fan or even seemingly a fan of big cities, so NY would be a huge adjustment for him, but the kid is just flat out BIG and talented.

    John Klima, the scout who blogs the Baseball Beginnings page compares this Santa Barbara, CA kid’s ability to a certain left-handed hitting third base playing legend who also once came out of Santa Barbara, CA to play for the Milwaukee Braves in the 1950’s, & without mentioning names, yeah, that legend is a career 500 HR hitting HOF’er.

    Mike, do the Yankees have anything on this kid, & if so, what? I’d really love to take a run at him even if he does play a position that at the moment is an organizational strength. What is the consensus (if any) on where he might be selected?

    • Rick in Boston

      BA has him at #150 overall. And the scouts they’ve talked to have said his bat is fringe-average and he might need three years of college ball.