DREW FISCHER, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: June 3, 1996
Height: 6′ 3″
Drafted: 35th Round, 1048th Overall, 2017
How Acquired: Draft
College: Amherst College
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Fisher had a good strikeout rate his first two years with Amherst, but gave up a lot of hits and walked a batter an inning, leading to ERAs of 5.25 and 4.38 in limited action. He made great strides in 2017 as a junior, striking out 30 in 25.2 innings and allowing only 11 hits. He still had some control problems, with 16 walks, but posted an ERA of 1.40 in his six starts. He has a strong arm, hitting 95 MPH, which could play up if he pitches out of the bullpen. Baseball America rated him 32nd in its New England rankings, putting him ahead of the Pirates’ 14th round pick, Chris Sharpe, and 23rd round pick, Ben Bengtson. Although he had a year of eligibility remaining, he signed after the draft.
Fischer’s debut was pretty much as advertised. He got a lot of swings and misses, but also had control problems and got hit a little hard. Opponents had a line of 267/381/438 against him.
Fischer spent the season in the West Virginia bullpen. He made progress, cutting his walk rate while maintaining a high K rate. Opponents batted only .238 against him and slugged only .337. He held right-handed hitters to a .603 OPS, but left-handed hitters posted a .746 figure.
The Pirates sent Fischer to Bradenton, but his season ended after just eight relief appearances due to an elbow strain.
Hopefully, Fischer will have a chance in 2020 to show whether he can continue missing bats.
|2020: Minor league contract
MiLB Debut: 2017
MiLB FA Eligible: 2023
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2020
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 14, 2017: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 35th round, 1048th overall pick; signed on June 23.|