Unlocking Derek Fisher’s Potential

The Blue Jays trade deadline was widely underwhelming. Cam covered the overall returns very well in his piece. One of the key players the Blue Jays received in these trades was Derek Fisher. Thomas covered Fisher and what the Blue Jays have in him in his excellent post Thursday.
What the Blue Jays have in Derek Fisher is a player who has yet to reach their full potential. As Thomas notes, Fisher does some things really well, notably he hits the ball really freaking hard. At the time of the trade his average exit velocity was 94.8mph, per Baseball Savant, which among players with at 30 batted balls ranks second in the majors behind Aaron Judge. He also has an average exit velocity of 100.4 on line drives and fly balls which also ranks second in the majors, this time behind Joey Gallo. Fisher has only spent partial time in the big leagues over the last three seasons but that has stayed on consistent. In 2018, he averaged 98.4 on FB/LD, fourth in the league and in 2017, he averaged 94.7 which put him 66th, one spot ahead of future MVP Christian Yelich.
When Fisher puts the ball in the air he crushes it, the …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

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