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Murray | Astros to promote top prospect Derek Fisher

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 19: Houston Astros Non-Roster Invitee Outfielder Derek Fisher (77) slides safely back to first base avoiding the tag by New York Yankees Non-Roster Invitee Infielder Ji-Man Choi (36) during an MLB spring training game between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida on March 19, 2017. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire)
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[UPDATE]: Upon officially selecting the contract of outfielder Derek Fisher, the Houston Astros have also placed fellow outfielder Josh Reddick on their seven-day concussion disabled list while transferring right-hander Jandel Gustave to their 60-day disabled list.

The Houston Astros will be promoting top prospect Derek Fisher from Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports. After recently calling up their No. 1 overall prospect in right-handed pitcher Francis Martes, a depleted Astros club has now been forced to call upon their prospect early on in the 2017 regular season.

While ranked as Houston’s No. 4 overall prospect, according to MLB.com, Fisher is also slated as the club’s No. 2 outfield prospect behind only Kyle Tucker.

The 23-year-old has already appeared in 60 games for Triple-A Fresno thus far into the 2017 regular season. Over the course of 245 at-bats in all, he has registered a .335 batting average with 16 home runs and 45 RBIs alongside a .401 on-base percentage. Adding 42 runs scored and 82 total hits, Fisher has also compiled 149 total bases, 25 walks, 19 doubles and 13 stolen bases this time around.

Originally selected by the Astros with the No. 37 overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the prolific outfielder seemingly only fell to the club due to a lingering hamate injury. Although the aforementioned setback ultimately hindered his draft stock several years ago, his presence has since boosted the talented Astros farm system. Now, a surging Astros club is looking for Fisher to aid their push toward the postseason as Houston currently owns the best record in all of baseball.

Entering play on Wednesday evening against the rival Texas Rangers, the Astros will be sporting a stellar 44-22 record. Despite their 4-6 mark in their last 10 games, Houston has remained atop the American League ahead of the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins.

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