Dexter Fowler

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Dexter Fowler
Dexter Fowler with Astros in April 2014.jpg
Fowler with the Houston Astros
Houston Astros – No. 21
Center fielder
Born: (1986-03-22) March 22, 1986 (age 28)
Atlanta, Georgia
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 2008 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
(through June 22, 2014)
Batting average .270
Hits 682
Home runs 46
Runs batted in 234
Stolen bases 89
Triples 56
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • MLB leader in triples (2010)
Dexter Fowler
George W Bush with Dexter Fowler.jpg
Fowler meets President George W. Bush at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's baseball
Bronze 2008 Beijing Team

William Dexter Fowler (born March 22, 1986) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Colorado Rockies from 2008 through 2013. He represented the United States in the 2008 Summer Olympics as a member of the United States national baseball team.

Baseball career[edit]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

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Fowler was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 14th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft out of Milton High School in Alpharetta, Georgia. He rejected offers from Harvard and the University of Miami in order to play for the Rockies.[1] In 2008, he was selected by Major League Baseball to play in the All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium

Fowler was batting .337 with nine home runs, 61 RBI and 20 stolen bases for the Rockies' Double-A Texas League affiliate, the Tulsa Drillers, when he took a break from his minor league season in order to represent the United States in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.[2] He and the U.S. team ended up winning the bronze medal in the Olympics by defeating Japan, 8-4, in the bronze medal game.[3]

Fowler was called up to the Major Leagues for the first time on September 2, 2008. He made his debut that same day in a 6-5 extra innings home win over the San Francisco Giants, coming in as a pinch runner in the bottom of the 10th inning; he was subsequently picked off at first base.[4] In Fowler's first at-bat in the bottom of the third inning of a 9-2 home loss against the Giants the following day, he flew out to right field.[5]

On September 10, 2008, Fowler recorded his first hit, an infield single, off of Will Ohman in the top of the seventh inning of a 9-5 road loss against the Atlanta Braves.[6]

On April 8, 2009, Fowler hit his first career home run off Doug Davis of the Arizona Diamondbacks, as part of a 9-2 road win. He hit the home run on the first pitch of the game, becoming the first player in Rockies history to do so.[7]

On April 27, 2009, Fowler tied a modern day rookie record when he stole five bases against the San Diego Padres in a 12-7 victory.[8]

In 2010, Fowler led the Majors in triples, accumulating 14 on the season. In 439 at bats on the year, he had six home runs, 36 RBI, 73 runs scored, and 114 total base hits.

In 2011, Fowler was 3rd in the National League in triples, hitting 15 that season. In 481 at bats on the year, he hit five home runs, 45 RBI, 84 runs scored, and 128 total base hits.

The 2012 season saw Fowler's batting stats increase to career highs. He hit 13 home runs, 53 RBI, and a batting average of .300 in 454 at bats.

However, much of his success came while hitting at home, Coors Field. His home OPS was .880, but only .694 on the road.

Houston Astros[edit]

On December 3, 2013, Fowler was traded, along with a player to be named later, to the Houston Astros for outfielder Brandon Barnes and pitcher Jordan Lyles.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Fowler is married to Aliya Fowler and has one daughter. Fowler is a Christian.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baseball America Prospect Handbook". Books.google.com. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "2008 Minor League Olympians". Web.minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bronzed in history: U.S. gets medal[dead link]
  4. ^ Renck, Troy E. "Rockies' Fowler picked on in debut". Denverpost.com. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Zito keeps up hot streak to slow Rockies' improved play". Scores.espn.go.com. September 3, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Atlanta scores five in 7th to rally, dent Rockies' playoff hopes". Scores.espn.go.com. September 10, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "First things first: Fowler goes deep". Colorado.rockies.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Fowler ties modern-day record with 5 SBs; Hawpe taken to hospital". Scores.espn.go.com. April 27, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Astros add Fowler, send Barnes, Lyles to Rockies". Houston.astros.mlb.com. December 3, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Dexter Fowler, Houston Astros". 

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