Carlos Fisher

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Charles Edward Fisher

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Carlos Fisher has spent parts of three seasons in the majors (through 2016).

He was drafted by the San Diego Padres as an outfielder in the 15th round of the 2001 amateur draft, but continued on to college. He moved to the mound and was then drafted by Cincinnati Reds in the 11th round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Howard Bowens and made his pro debut that summer, going 4-4 with a 4.19 ERA for the Billings Mustangs. In 2006, he was 12-5 with a 2.76 ERA for the Dayton Dragons. He was 7th in the Midwest League in ERA (between Oswaldo Sosa and Chris Nicoll) and tied Trey Hearne for 5th in wins. Among Reds farmhands, he was third in wins (behind Johnny Cueto and Steve Kelly), 3rd in ERA (behind Zach Ward and Homer Bailey) and 5th in whiffs (122, between Travis Wood and Sam LeCure.

Fisher split 2007 between the Sarasota Reds (4-1, 2.20) and Chattanooga Lookouts (5-9, 4.29). He tied Sean Watson for third in the Reds chain in strikeouts (135) but also tied for first in losses (with James Avery, Tom Shearn and Logan Ondrusek. In 2008, he moved to relief with the Lookouts (1-5, 8 Sv, 3.73) and the Louisville Bats (1-0, 1.04, 21 K in 17 1/3 IP). His 50 games pitched tied Lee Tabor for 9th in the Reds system. With the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League, he was 0-1 with three saves, a 10.80 ERA and 9 walks in ten innings. Cincinnati added him to their 40-man roster that winter.

In 2009, he was 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in 13 games for Louisville when he was called up to the majors. He spent pretty much the rest of the year with the 2009 Reds, going 1-1 with a 4.47 ERA in 39 games pitched. In his MLB debut, he relieved Arthur Rhodes in the 11th with a 3-3 tie against Cleveland and struck out Kelly Shoppach, got Luis Valbuena on a fly, walked Jhonny Peralta and got Asdrubal Cabrera on a grounder. Cincinnati scored in the bottom of the 11th to give Fisher the win; he was the first Reds reliever to get a win in his MLB debut since Hector Carrasco in 1994.

Fisher split 2010 between Louisville (1-1, 4 Sv, 2.23 in 30 G, 23 H in 36 1/3 IP) and the Reds (1-1, 5.64 in 18 G). He was 4-1 with six saves and a 3.35 ERA in 32 games for the 2011 Bats and 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 17 games for the 2011 Reds. He went 5 2/3 IP in a 19-inning loss to the Phillies; it was the longest relief outing that year by a Red. That winter, he had a 3.52 ERA in ten games for the Caribes de Anzoátegui. He struggled in 2012, all with Louisville, walking 57 in 66 1/3 IP (0-2, 4.61). He tied Curtis Partch for 7th in the Reds chain in games pitched and he tied Daniel Renken for 6th in walks. He was 8th in the 2012 IL in pitching appearances.

The Californian native became a free agent and signed with the Oakland A's. He was 1-2 with a 3.88 ERA for the Midland Rockhounds, striking out 71 in 48 2/3 innings but walking 33 and throwing 15 wild pitches. He led the Texas League in wild pitches (two ahead of Ryan Chaffee), tying Travis Banwart for the most in the A's chain. He was released by Oakland in mid-August and signed with the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing six runs (four earned) in eight innings for the Montgomery Biscuits. A free agent again, he opened 2014 with the independent Somerset Patriots and did very well (1.33 ERA, 7 H, 4 BB, 28 K in 20 2/3 IP). That got him another chance in the affiliated minors, signed by the Atlanta Braves. He was 3-1 with two saves and a 3.00 ERA for the Gwinnett Braves, fanning 41 in 33 innings.

In the winter of 2014-2015, Fisher was 3-1 with a save and a 3.52 ERA for the Cañeros de Los Mochis, striking out 39 in 33 2/3 IP. He was very good for Gwinnett in 2015 (2-4, 6 Sv, 1.61 ERA, 36 H, 58 K in 56 IP) but did not get the call back to the majors. He had a 2-1, 2.66 record in the winter for Los Mochis. He pitched for the Mexican national team in the 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. In his lone game, he relieved Andrés Ávila in the 7th with a 11-0 lead over Nicaragua. He walked Ronald Garth and struck out Renato Morales. He then walked Melvin Novoa and gave up a single to Dwight Britton to load the bases. Jesús García relieved and escaped the jam. Mexico won a spot in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Signing with the Texas Rangers, he was 5-7 with a 4.40 ERA for the 2016 Round Rock Express, striking out 63 in 47 innings. He tied Francisco Mendoza for second in the Rangers chain with 42 games pitched, one behind Jimmy Reyes.

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