Sarasota righthander Carlos Fisher finally allowed a run on Monday in his third start of the season, but that’s about the only negative that you could point to as the 24-year-old saw his ERA rise to a still miniscule 0.47 in 18 innings of work.
Fisher could prove to be an interesting sleeper for the Reds. He went 12-5, 2.76 at low Class A Dayton last season in his first full pro season, and he’s built off that this year. Most importantly, he’s succeeding while showing solid stuff–he mixed a 91-92 mph fastball that touches 94 with a developing slider and changeup.
His control is solid as well; he’s seemingly always around the zone–as evidenced by his 10-2 strikeout to walk ratio.
“He pitches down in the zone,” Sarasota pitching coach Tom Brown said. “But the big thing about Fish is his fastball movement. He can’t throw three straight fastballs.”
Fisher throws two fastballs, a four-seam sinker and a two-seam that has a natural cutting action. The sinker has been working especially effectively this spring, as evidenced by his three-to-one ground ball to fly ball out ratio and the fact that he’s given up three extra-base hits in 68 at-bats.
While Fisher has been Sarasota’s surprise ace this spring, the team’s top pitching prospect Johnny Cueto will try to bounce back tonight after an inconsistent outing his last time out. Cueto has a pretty good reason that he sometimes struggled with his focus last Wednesday–he drove straight to the ballpark from the hospital where he had attending the birth of his child. He hadn’t slept in more than a day when he arrived. The Reds offered to let him push back his start, but he told them he could go. He allowed two runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.