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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Brett Oberholtzer vs. Derek Fisher

A big breakout candidate in the rotation, or a popular, toolsy new prospect? Should be a good one!

Just a reminder; voting will stay open for 24 hours for each of these match-ups, and there will be two match-ups per day. For a complete breakdown, check out the introductory post if you haven't already. Get those votes in while you can!

Round One, Match Twenty Five

Brett Oberholtzer, LHP

"Surprisingly solid" might be the way to describe Oberholtzer's career thus far. With a 4.26 xFIP to his name, he hasn't dominated by any stretch, but a lot of hyped pitching prospects can't claim the level of success he has had. His allergy to walks (1.71 BB/9 career) has been a big factor, and there are a group of people who believe his ability generate opposite-field fly balls will be enough to counteract his lack of grounders and strike outs. While no one is expecting something on the level of what Keuchel did, Oberholtzer seems a clear breakout candidate; if he can hit his #3 starter ceiling, the Astros would have an excellent 1-2-3 punch composed out of two third-tier prospects who never made anyone's lists and a waiver claim. -- Brian Stevenson


Derek Fisher, OF

It’s rare to pick up a college player with his kind of tools in the compensation round like Fisher. It’s a rare combination of speed and power. Yes, I said power. His college numbers call that to question but when you look at his swing and frame, you expect it to come. The fact he fractured his hammate this season also gives you reason to ignore his junior season power output. Ultimately, where he plays in the outfield affects his future value, but the Astros have said he’ll be given a shot to be a CFer. He has the speed to do it, but will he make good enough reeds and take good enough routes? -- Subber10