Astros prospect Derek Fisher has 12 RBIs in Class A Advanced debut

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.
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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.

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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.”

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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