LHP 88-92. Fresh arm ready for 2019 season.
Name: Darren Fischer
Weight: 195 lbs
DOB: August 8, 1992
Date Available: October 25, 2018Pro
Positions: OF, SP, RP
Positions (alt): OF, SP, RP
College: College of Central Florida
At a young age Darren Fischer was on the path to professional baseball, growing up playing in three different little league world series from ages 15-18, including a Senior League World Series championship where he was named tournament MVP. Darren was the winning pitcher in the championship game and hit the game-winning home run to defeat Jonathan Schoop (Baltimore Orioles) Jurickson Profar (Texas Rangers) and his power house team from Curacao.
In 2013, Darren was drafted as a LHP prospect by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 16th round of the MLB Draft, it was the second time he was drafted. Darren was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels in the 46th round during his senior season of high school in 2010 at 17 years old but decided he wanted more time to develop and signed on to play college ball at Central Florida, a Division I junior college where he was utilized as a two-way player (OF/P).
His freshman year of college Darren finished with a 7-2 record and an era of 3.06 while striking out 46. He also hit .261 in 46 abs. In his sophomore year of college (2013) Darren was 1-0 in 20.1 innings pitched striking out 22 while holding down a 5.75 ERA. He also spent time in the outfield, batting .270 in 74 abs with three doubles and a home run. This was with missing the last half of the season after being benched for poor grades in school. However he was still drafted and signed by the Rays after impressing at The Pre Draft workout in Tropicana Stadium.
With the Rays Darren was a young prospect (20 years old) and was expected to be on track to the MLB. Unfortunately in his second season with the Rays organization, Darren suffered an arm injury and his velo went down to 85 and a release followed soon thereafter. He spent 2015 rehabbing and in 2016 attempted a comeback in the CanAm League but was not given the opportunity to get his confidence back, releasing him after only two games. When considering Darren missed the last half of his sophomore year, was under utilized by the Rays and had not thrown in live competition since 2014, it is safe to say that he he could have used more than 3.2 inning on the mound to regain his confidence.
Since 2016 he has been throwing at open tryouts for affiliated teams while playing in a mens/college league where he has been their ace and middle of the order bat, leading his team in multiple pitching and hitting categories.
Darren recently completed his second Tom House throwing program to increase his velo and is in the best shape of his career. He is entering the prime years at 25, is more mature and his stuff is still sharp with numbers increasing.
He describes his abilities on the mound as an athletic left handed pitcher throwing an 88-90 mph 2 seam/4 seam fastball complimented by a 75-80 mph 12-6 curveball, 80-85 mph cutter/slider and an 80-84 mph change-up. You can see a recent scouting report with more detail on Darren’s ability as a pitcher in “Reference” section below.
Darren is now looking to overseas ball to log some innings, regain his confidence, and give him the jumpstart he needs to get back into affiliated baseball. Any clubs in need of a pitcher or outfielder with 5-tool abilities is encouraged to reach out to Darren with any expressions of interest.
* Honored by North & West Cumberland of Upper Deerfield, NJ Township for exemplifying, sportsmanship, comradery, confidence and fortitude. Serves as an example for local residents and younger baseball players within the community.
2008: MVP of Senior League World Series, leading Team East to an undefeated (23-0) World Series Title on ESPN in Bangor, Maine (link)
2010: Rawlings Pre-Season All-American & South Jersey Player of The Year. Drafted in 46th Rd. by Los Angeles Angels
2012: All-Conference & FCSAA player of the week
2013: Drafted in 16th Rd. by Tampa Bay Rays. LHP Prospect.
Wanted to give you a quick profile of Darren Fischer. As soon as he started to play catch, he immediately caught me eye as he had a quick, loose, free arm. Things only got better when he got up on the mound and started throwing to a catcher. He has a good delivery, and even indoors after only throwing for 3 weeks = every pitch was thrown “down hill” with typical left handed tail and sink. He had a late finish on his fastball through the strike zone and spun some tight, biting curve balls. Control was good as everything was in the strike zone. Fastball velocity this day was 87-90 mph FB = 50 CURVE = 45 CHANGE = 45 COMMAND = 50 **OVERALL OFP** = 47 Very good “live” athletic body. If he stays health he had the stuff to pitch in the big league. Going forward if we (the Phillies) have a need for a LHP in short season even low A ball, he is on the top of my list to workout and sign (this is based on where I think he should be now).
Education: Physical Education. Currently in Sports Nutrition Program
Hobbies and Interests: All around sports fan. Yoga, boxing, reading, teaching baseball
Post baseball career plans: Baseball Coach
Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world
Recent injuries or illnesses: None