Houston Astros prospect Derek Fisher appeared in his first game for Class A Advanced Lancaster (Calif.) on Saturday and hit two grand slams, three home runs and 12 RBIs in his California League debut.
The Astros promoted Fisher, a former University of Virginia player, to Lancaster on Friday after he began the season with Class A Quad Cities (Iowa). His impressive debut powered Lancaster to a 16–3 win over Rangers affiliate High Desert.
Fisher’s 12 RBIs broke a 61-year-old California League record that was previously held by Stockton's Robert Rivich, according to MiLB.com.
In the first inning, Fisher hit a solo home run to right field to begin the JetHawks’ scoring onslaught.
In the second, Fisher, the 37th pick in last year's MLB draft, hit his first grand slam over the center-field wall. In the third inning, Fisher sent his second grand slam to left field. With an extra-base hit in the seventh inning, he broke Rivich's record.
“It’s pretty surreal,” Fisher told MiLB.com. “It’s something that I never would’ve even dreamed of, to be honest with you. I obviously couldn’t have done it without getting up to the dish with the bases loaded twice in three innings. That speaks a lot to how we were swinging the bats and getting walks and putting good ABs together. I couldn’t have had the RBIs without these guys on base.”
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow later took notice of Fisher’s outing. Fisher is the Astros’ No. 11 prospect, according to MLB.com.
- Mike Fiammetta