An Angels outfield prospect with an ichthyological surname? Greatness must be sure to follow! Up next on our prospect countdown is Michael Fish who will look to carry on the great tradition that Mike Trout and Tim Salmon set before him. Let's hope this late-round draft pick doesn't turn out to be a flop... because, you know, fish flop on dry land. OK, no more fish jokes, onto the scouting report.
Position: OF Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'1" Weight: 190
Age: 23 Born: 1/3/1991
2013 Rank: Unranked
2013 Season Stats
AZL: 71 PA, .409 AVG, .451 OBP, .712 SLG, 10 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 14 SO, 6 SB, 0 CS, .500 BABIP, .524 wOBA, 213 wRC+
Orem: 109 PA, .337 AVG, .404 OBP, .673 SLG, 8 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 33 RBI, 16 SO, 1 SB, 2 CS, .347 BABIP, .459 wOBA, 165 wRC+
Contact = B+
Mike Fish proved in his senior season at Siena College and at the Rookie Levels of the Angels organization that he’s a tough out. He can barrel just about any pitch and Fish has the raw power to make pitchers pay for their mistakes.
Power = B
When he was drafted I was told that Fish was not a power hitter but he did have some pop in his bat. So much for that assessment. His senior season at Siena College he led the MAAC in HR’s and in 46 games in Rookie Ball he recorded more than 30 XBH including 9 HR’s. Looking at his swing, Fish doesn’t get cheated. He has incredible bat speed and takes a hell of cut, though he has better balance than many who swing so hard like Adrian Beltre). He has a strong load in his front leg and quick pivot which helps him drive his arms through the pitch. He is a bit of a pull hitter which helps in the power department, but I’ve seen him knock a couple of singles up the middle so using the whole field isn’t lost on him.
Discipline = C
Fish likes to swing but he isn’t going to hack his way back the dugout. The issue with not having so many walks stems from the fact that Fish can hit just about any pitch, so he hasn’t needed to walk yet. As he finds a level that’s more challenging it’s a safe bet he’ll either see some more difficult pitches to hit or he’ll adjust and reach base via BB more often.
Speed = B
Fish can run. He isn’t heavy footed on the bases and isn’t a professional runner like Bourjos or a physically dominant runner in the way Trout is, but Fish can certainly move. He should be a 15+ SB threat across a full season in the minors.