Astros sign first-round outfielder Fisher
Lefty hitter, taken No. 37 overall, helped lead Virginia to College World Series finals
HOUSTON -- The Astros on Tuesday signed outfielder Derek Fisher, who was selected in the Competitive Balance Round A with the 37th overall pick in the 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft last month.
Fisher signed for the full assigned pick value of $1,534,100, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com. The club has not confirmed that figure.
As a junior at the University of Virginia this season, the 6-foot-3, 207-pound Fisher helped lead the Cavaliers to the NCAA College World Series finals as their everyday left fielder and No. 5 hitter. The 20-year-old hit .281 with 30 doubles, 12 triples, 17 homers, 127 RBIs, 17 steals and an .825 OPS (.369 OBP/.456 SLG) in 601 at-bats during his three seasons at Virginia. He was a 2013 Second Team Preseason All-America and was named a 2012 Freshman All-America by Louisville Slugger and the NCBWA.
Fisher was an All-Star last summer in the Cape Cod League, hitting .333 with 13 steals, 25 walks and 19 strikeouts in 36 games for the Harwich Mariners. The left-handed hitter was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 26 overall prospect in the 2014 Draft class.
"Derek brings to our organization a hard-to-find blend of major college track record and physical upside," said Astros director of amateur scouting Mike Elias. "He's a big, strong kid with a good swing, outstanding bat speed, and a plus running tool. His accomplishments at Virginia and on the Cape Cod League speak to his hitting ability, and we think his power-speed combo will continue to blossom in the pro game. He's a potential middle-of-the-order left-handed bat."
The Astros have signed 36 of their 41 selections from the 2014 Draft.
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