Fowler with the Houston Astros
March 22, 1986 |
|September 2, 2008, for the Colorado Rockies|
(through 2015 season)
|Runs batted in||291|
Fowler meets President George W. Bush at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
|Competitor for United States|
William Dexter Fowler (born March 22, 1986) is an American professional baseball center fielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Colorado Rockies from 2008 through 2013, the Houston Astros in 2014 and the Chicago Cubs in 2015. He represented the United States in the 2008 Summer Olympics as a member of the United States national baseball team.
Fowler was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended Milton High School in Alpharetta, Georgia. At Milton, Fowler hit .457 with 14 home runs in 105 at-bats. Fowler rejected offers from Harvard and the University of Miami in order to play major league baseball, after having originally committed to Miami. Before signing with the Rockies, Fowler was exclusively a right-handed hitter.
Fowler was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 14th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. 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. 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.
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. 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 flied out to right field.
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.
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.
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. The Rockies eventually sent cash to the Astros to complete the deal instead of the player to be named later. He hit .276 in 116 games for the Astros during the 2014 season.
On January 19, 2015, Fowler was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily. He ended the 2015 season with a .250 average with 102 runs scored, 46 RBIs, 17 HRs, and 20 stolen bases. In the 2015 National League wild card game, Fowler helped the Cubs to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates with three hits, three runs scored, one RBI, and a stolen base. He finished the 2015 season with a .250 batting average, 20 stolen bases, 102 runs scored, 17 home runs, and 46 RBI.
With the Cubs finishing the 2015 season with a 97-65 record, the team entered the postseason for the first time after 7 years. In 9 postseason games, Fowler batted .396 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI. In game 4 of the 2015 NLCS against the New York Mets, he was the final batter to strike out looking as the Cubs were eliminated from the postseason.
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