Derek Fisher's injury could shake up draft

Fisher's hamate injury is the kind that has been known to affect hitters for a long time. AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff

Injuries are an unfortunate -- but unavoidable -- part of the draft season; and while the class has stayed relatively healthy to begin the year, one of the best offensive prospects for the 2014 draft wasn't so fortunate.

Virginia outfielder Derek Fisher is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks with a broken hamate bone in his right wrist. The injury essentially wipes Fisher out from conference play, giving him a chance to return in late-April or early May. The left-handed hitting outfielder was performing reasonably well for the Cavaliers, posting a .333/.391/.451 line in 51 at-bats with five extra-base hits, though he hadn't hit a home run this year.

The injury essentially brings up two important questions: Did Fisher show enough over the first month of the season to justify being a top-half of the first round selection? And if not Fisher, what outfielder(s) have a chance to usurp him as the first off the board?

"It's a difficult question to answer," an AL Central scout said. "I thought he looked decent over this past month, but I was never wowed.