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Astros prospect Fisher makes professional debut

Astros prospect Fisher makes professional debut

Just two days after he signed with the Astros and was introduced at Minute Maid Park, outfielder Derek Fisher made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League. He collected two hits Thursday in the Rookie-level Astros' 8-2 loss to the Yankees.

Fisher, the No. 37 overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, played left field and went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. He is expected to soon move up to short-season Tri-City in the New York-Penn League. There he would join first baseman A.J. Reed and third baseman J.D. Davis, the Astros' third and fourth picks in last month's Draft.

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The Astros selected Fisher in Competitive Balance Round A with the pick they received from the Orioles in the Bud Norris deal last year.

Before joining the Astros, Fisher helped lead Virginia to the College World Series finals, where it lost to Vanderbilt in three games.

Fisher missed six weeks this spring due to a broken hamate bone. But he played well in his return to the lineup and finished the season hitting .260/.316/.362 with three home runs in 44 games.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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