Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 200 lb
Acquired: Drafted 4th round – (116th overall) out of Southeastern Louisiana
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #11 – 2016 Midseason
- #14 – 2017 Preseason
- #25 – 2017 Midseason
- Nick Hostetler Interview (notes on Fisher)
- Interview and back story, August 2016
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The White Sox drafted Jameson Fisher in the 4th round of the 2016 draft, and some publications projected him to go a round or two earlier. He signed a slightly under-slot deal ($485,000) and with that signing, Chicago locked in what was one of the better performing college bats around. Fisher hit from the moment he started college ball: .315/.403/.425 his first season, .389/.481/.469 his sophomore year. As a redshirt junior, Fisher led Division I baseball in OBP (.558) and was second in batting average (.424), and had a 1.250 OPS. Fisher was the age of a typical senior (22) that year as he missed all of 2015 to a torn labrum. While that interlude in his collegiate career didn’t slow him down, it may have contributed to him falling down draft boards. A catcher before his injury, Southeastern Louisiana tried him out at first base last year and Chicago has opted to move him to the outfield. In 2016 at Great Falls, he had no problems against rookie league pitching (.342/.436/.487, plus 13 SB), but was still adjusting to playing the outfield and missed a couple short stretches due to minor injuries from sliding plays out there. In 2017 Fisher made marked improvements in the outfield, but struggled with his bat at times. Between A and A+, he posted .744 OPS which while not terrible, is less than one would expect from a polished profile. 2018 saw Fisher force-promoted to AA due to an outfield glut, where he was challenged and it showed – he finished at .216/.321/.321, striking out 30.5% of the time, and the numbers actually got worse late (he hit .176 July-September with just one extra-base hit in that period).
Fisher came in with an advanced approach at the plate and a smooth swing from the left side, and his mustache game is on point. Plate discipline is one of his finest features, evidenced by him posting 105 walks to 83 strikeouts over 823 college plate appearances and continuing to walk at a strong pace even as the hits have been scarce. Fisher’s got the bat speed and frame to hit for a little more power if the hit tool allows it. That power still isn’t enough for Fisher to profile well in right field though, and compounding that fact is a below average arm. While Fisher could eventually move to first base, the White Sox have ruled him out as a backstop and instead have tried him out as a left fielder. He has average to slightly above average foot speed. But at this stage he needs to be doing more with that hit tool to have a major league future.
Major League Outlook: Corner outfielder, possible 1B combo in a bench role
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