Derek Fisher is not the safest pick the Mets could make, but he has perhaps one of the highest ceilings in the entire draft.
Like Zimmer, Fisher has a fearsome blend of speed and power. However, the 6’3”, 210-pounder has had trouble consistently tapping into his raw power.
That is precisely the biggest fear that many have about Fisher’s development.
In 2011, Fisher was one of the top high school prep prospects in the country, as evidenced by the swing he showed off as a teenager in the embedded video. Fisher had a very high price tag, and the Texas Rangers were unwilling to oblige such a raw talent. Fisher chose to follow up his commitment to University of Virginia.
Three years later, Fisher has developed one of the best swings in the draft.
Fisher has consistently displayed an ability to spray the ball all over the field. With quick hips and a level bat, Fisher has a contact-focused swing. While not necessarily bad, coaches will want to tap into his raw power. In turn, Fisher could take more time than most college prospects to develop, which may lower his draft stock.
On defense, Fisher has plus speed and arm strength exclusively out of left field.
While Fisher was limited to just left field at Virginia, he has enough foot speed and arm where a professional coach may give him a viable shot at center field. If Fisher’s defense holds up at center, it can only add to his value in the long run.
In the end, Fisher will make a name for himself through his results at the plate.
In 143 career games in college, Fisher has hit .289/.379/.479 with 30 doubles, 12 triples, 17 home runs, 115 RBI, 105 runs and 16 stolen bases.
As his statistics convey, Fisher has become an impact player on offense. But he is simply not putting up the numbers people expected of someone with so much raw power.
Fisher is one of the top hitters available in terms of talent, but his slow development could affect his draft stock. At pick No. 10, though, the Mets can afford to take a chance on an unproven player if he has star potential.
That is exactly what Fisher is still. He has all the tools to be an elite offensive talent, but he has simply not been able to find the right swing to put it all together.
If the Mets take a chance on Fisher, he could become an All-Star outfielder, providing average, power, speed and above-average defense.