Derek Joseph Fisher
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 207 lb.
- School University of Virginia
- High school Cedar Crest High School
- Debut June 14, 2017
Outfielder Derek Fisher set a California League record in his first game in the circuit.
Fisher was drafted in the supplemental 1st round of the 2014 amateur draft by the Houston Astros, with the 37th overall pick. The scout was Tim Bittner. He had earlier been selected in the 6th round of the 2011 draft by the Texas Rangers, coming out of high school, but chose to attend the University of Virginia instead.
In his first professional season in 2014, he hit .303/.378/.408 in 41 games for the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League, also going 2 for 3 with a double in one game for the GCL Astros. He began 2015 with the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Midwest League and hit .305 in 39 games with 6 homers and 24 RBIs to earn a promotion to the Lancaster JetHawks of the California League. In his first game for his new team on May 30th, he had a game for the ages: he hit a solo homer in the 1st inning, then continued with grand slam homers in both the 2nd and 3rd innings. He then added a bases-clearing double in the 7th to finish with 12 RBIs, a league record, beating the previous high of 11 set in 1954 by Robert Rivich of the Stockton Ports. He hit .262 in 84 games for Lancaster to end the season with a combined batting line of .275/.364/.483 in 123 games, with 21 doubles, 8 triples and 22 homers, 106 runs scored and 87 RBIs.
He had a fine major league debut for the Astros against the Texas Rangers on June 14, 2017, going 2 for 3 with a pair of walks, and scoring and driving in a pair of runs in a 13-2 win. One of his hits was a homer off Jeremy Jeffress in the 6th inning; in fact, in a very rare twist, his first two major league hits came in that same inning. After being sent back to the minors, he was named to the United States team for the 2017 Futures Game.