BY JEFF FALK
It was a step forward, a step in the right direction. For Derek Fisher, it was hopefully the next-to-last step.
And it was also a step that few Lebanon County natives had ever taken before.
On Sunday, Fisher was promoted from the Houston Astros’ Class AA affiliate in Corpus Christi, Texas to their Class AAA club Fresno Grizzlies. An outfielder, the talented Fisher was promoted to California following a summer-long strong showing with the Hooks.
In 102 Class AA games at Corpus Christi, Fisher hit .245 with 16 dingers and 59 RBIs. Among his 371 at-bats, Fisher smashed 13 doubles and four triples, stole 23 bases and sported a .373 slugging percentage and a .804 OPS.
A native of Rexmont, the 22-year-old Fisher graduated from Cedar Crest High School in 2011. After a productive three-year career at the University of Virginia, Fisher was chosen by Houston with the 37th overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft.
Fisher replaced Tony Kemp at Fresno, who was summoned to Houston to assume the roster spot vacated by Colby Rasmus’ placement on the disabled list. Fisher is expected to toil for Fresno for the rest of the summer, before perhaps challenging for an Astros’ roster spot in the spring of 2017.