On this week's installment of the Featured Farmhand series, we take a look at Bats reliever Carlos Fisher.
- Carlos Fisher is a right handed reliever with the AAA Louisville Bats.
- He was drafted in the 11th round in the 2005 draft. He went by the name "Charles" then.
- He was a starter until last season, and a successful one, going 12-5 in Dayton in 2006, with a 2.76 ERA. He then started shooting up the system in 2007, playing in Sarasota and Chattanooga, and making his way from Chattanooga to Louisville.
- Pitching in the bullpen in 2008, he was decent in AA, putting up a 3.73 ERA in 50 2/3 innings. When he got called up to AAA, he was lights out. A 5-0 record, and a 1.04 ERA.
- He got rewarded with a trip to big league spring training this season, where he gave up 2 runs in 5 innings of work.
- So far in 2009, he's been awesome. Going into last night, he was 1-0 in 6 2/3 innings pitched, without giving up a run. His WHIP was 0.30, with 9 strikeouts and no walks.
- Scouting reports on Fisher indicate that he's got a future in the big leagues as a bullpen arm. He's got a sinking fastball in the low 90s (inducing lots of ground balls), and he gets a lot of outs via the strikeout as well.
- Injuries are inevitable throughout the course of a season, so I'd be willing to bet we see him up here at some point. One of his comparable pitchers is Brad Salmon, so let's hope he comes up and does better than that.
On to Monday night's games:
- Another night, another comeback win for a Reds affiliate, as the Louisville Bats take care of business in the 9th to win 7-6 over Columbus. Sam LeCure had a mediocre start, and Featured Farmhand Carlos Fisher wasn't great out of the bullpen either, allowing his first two runs of the season in the 1 1/3 innings he pitched. Luis Bolivar led the way for the offense, going 3-for-3 and only a home run away from the cycle. Wes Bankston had a solo shot for the Bats, and Chris Valaika added two hits of his own. Of course, it was Kevin Barker's two run double in the 9th that won the game for the Bats, continuing Louisville's winning ways. Up next: Homer Bailey's the scheduled starter for the Bats tonight, at 6:35, but weather may prevent this one from happening. Stay tuned.
- Carolina won 12-3 to preserve a sweep of Reds teams on Monday. Sean Henry had a 2-R shot and Juan Francisco had a 3-R shot for the Mudcats. Logan Parker had 3 RBIs too, as Carolina feasted on Huntsville pitching, going 5-for-12 with RISP on the night. Dallas Buck was pretty great in his start, going 6 innings giving up 1 run. He's posting a 3.24 ERA after 3 starts. Up next: Mudcats take on Huntsville again, 7:15 ET.
- Sarasota plays Charlotte at 7:05 and Dayton takes on Great Lakes at 7:00.