Houston Astros prospect Derek Fischer had an unbelievable, almost unheard of game on Saturday in his debut with Class-A Advanced Lancaster. He set a California League record by logging 14 total bases and 12 RBI.
Fischer, ranked the organization’s 11th top prospect by MLB.com, even recorded one strikeout in his fourth at-bat of the game. He began his night on another note though with a solo shot in the first inning.
In the second inning, he went yard for his first grand slam of the game. Yes, his first grand slam. Just one inning later he clubbed his third home run in as many at-bats. It was his second grand slam of the night.
After striking out in his fourth at-bat, he stepped up to the plate once again with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. This time he hit a bases clearing double that took his RBI total up to 12.
Fischer broke the previous California League record of 11 RBI that was set in 1954 by Robert Rivich of Stockton.
Fisher who is 21-years old spent his first 39 games as a professional player with Class-A Quad Cities. During his time at Quad Cities, Fisher hit .305 with six home runs and 24 RBI.
Now with Lancaster he already has half of those totals recorded after just one game. Overall on the night the slugging outfielder was 4-6 with his record 12 RBI and 14 total bases.
He’s going to have quite a challenge living up to his historic performance on Saturday but it’s safe to say he will probably be moving up on the Astros’ top prospect list.
Seriously, that is one crazy game! It is definitely the only time I’d ever heard of anyone at any level producing that much in one game!
However, the Major League record for RBI in a single game is also 12 and it has occurred twice. Once by Jim Bottomley of the St. Louis Cardinals on September 16, 1924 and again by Mark Whiten who was also a member of the Cardinals when he logged 12 RBI on September 7, 1993.
The record number of total bases in a MLB game was set by Shawn Greene of the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 23, 2002.