We begin our daily countdown of the top prospects across the Chicago baseball landscape with Chicago White Sox prospect Jameson Fisher.
Fisher, 23, was drafted by the White Sox in last June’s Major League Baseball Draft in the fourth round, out of Southeastern Louisiana University, in Hammond, LA. Fisher was originally drafted by the Cubs in the 24th round of the 2012 MLB Draft, but opted to attend college rather than sign.
In 2014 Fisher posted a .389 batting average, which was 15th best in Division I, before missing the 2015 season due to injury.
Before injuring his shoulder in college Fisher was a catcher, but a torn labrum and dislocated shoulder caused him to miss the 2015 season, after which Fisher was converted to an outfielder and designated hitter. Fisher hit just three home runs during his first two seasons in college and it wasn’t until after he returned from rehabbing his injuries that he found his power stroke.
“I was always told that I had the swing, that the doubles would turn into home runs. I tweaked a few things with my brother, [Jacob], and a family friend and coach back home,” he said. “Just a few things, didn’t change the swing, just tweaked it, added a little bit more pop and overall a little better swing, and I feel like that helped a lot.” -Jameson Fisher on his improved swing
Fisher returned to action in 2016 as a designated hitter, and led all Division I designated hitters in on-base percentage (.558) while posting a stellar .424 batting average, en route to setting a school record in both of those categories for a single season. Fisher also wrapped up his collegiate career at Southeastern Louisiana University as the school’s all-time leader in both batting average and on-base percentage.
The 23-year-old outfielder appeared in 50 games for the Great Falls Voyagers last season after being drafted in June. Fisher played left-field for the White Sox rookie-ball affiliate in 43 of his 50 games last season. Fisher adjusted to the professional level with ease, posting an excellent .342 batting average.
Fisher added four home runs, 13 doubles, and 25 RBI to his impressive .342/.436/.487 slash line over his first 219 professional plate appearances. Fisher was given a below average grade of 40 (out of 80) for his speed tool by MLB Pipeline, but still managed to steal 13 bases with the Voyagers in 2016.
The White Sox were excited to have the opportunity to draft Fisher in the fourth round, especially since some scouts saw Fisher as one of the top pure hitters available in the 2016 MLB Draft, referencing his smooth left-handed swing and his ability to use all of the fields consistently. Fisher was also regarded for his ability to control the strike zone.
While hitting only four home runs over 50 games in the Pioneer League in 2016 doesn’t bode well for Fisher’s outlook as a consistent power-hitter moving forward, scouts believe that his excellent bat speed will give him the ability to be at least an average power hitter moving forward.
Fisher was given a 55 Hit tool, and a 55 Power tool on the 20-80 scale, giving Fisher average to above-average marks in both categories. His Run, Arm, and Field Tools were all graded at 40 respectively on the 20-80 scale.
Overall, Fisher looks like an exciting corner outfield prospect moving forward with a high ability to get on base. The 23-year-old outfielder will likely spend all of the 2017 season in the White Sox minor league-system, and potentially see the major league level sometime in 2018.