Fowler with the Tampa Yankees in 2015
|Oakland Athletics – No. 11|
|Born: December 29, 1994|
|June 29, 2017, for the New York Yankees|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2018 season)
|Runs batted in||23|
Dustin Ryan Fowler (born December 29, 1994) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB). Listed at 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m) and 195 pounds (88 kg), he both bats and throws left-handed. He previously played for the New York Yankees, appearing in a single game in 2017.
Fowler attended West Laurens High School in Dexter, Georgia. He committed to play college baseball at Georgia Southern University. The New York Yankees selected Fowler in the 18th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. He signed with the Yankees, made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Yankees and spent the whole season there, batting .241 with nine RBIs in 30 games. He played in 2014 with the Charleston RiverDogs where he compiled a .257 batting average with nine home runs and 41 RBIs in 66 games, and in 2015 with both Charleston and the Tampa Yankees where he batted a combined .298/.334/.394 with five home runs, 70 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. He played in the Arizona Fall League after the 2015 season.
Fowler received a non-roster invitation to spring training in 2016 and played that season with the Trenton Thunder where he batted .281 with 12 home runs, 88 RBIs, and 25 stolen bases in 132 games. He was again invited to spring training in 2017, and started the season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. He was ranked as the 98th best prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline at the time of his call-up. In 70 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to his promotion, he was slashing .293/.329/.542 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs.
New York Yankees
Fowler made his major league debut on June 29, 2017, after a nearly three-hour rain delay, with the Yankees facing the Chicago White Sox on the road. During the first inning, he ran into a rail while chasing a fly ball, hitting his knee on a sharp edge of an electrical box. He collapsed to the ground and was carted off the field, before being diagnosed with an open rupture of the right patellar tendon. He was ruled out for the season. He underwent surgery that night at Rush University Medical Center. Fowler would have led off the next inning for his first major league plate appearance.
On July 31, 2017 the Yankees traded Fowler to the Oakland Athletics, along with fellow prospects Jorge Mateo and James Kaprielian, for ace starting pitcher Sonny Gray. On December 15, 2017, Fowler sued the White Sox and the Illinois state agency that manages their ballpark, Guaranteed Rate Field, for allegedly causing his June 29 injury. His lawsuit, which was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, claimed negligence on the part of the White Sox and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority in not properly securing the unpadded electrical box he crashed into.
Fowler began the 2018 season with the Nashville Sounds. The Athletics promoted him to the major leagues on May 9, and he went to bat for the first time in the major leagues that night. He started his first game for Oakland on May 11, and got his first major league hit off Yankee pitcher Sonny Gray, the player he was traded for. On May 18, 2018, he hit his first major league home run off Marco Estrada in a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays. On August 2, he was sent back down to Triple AAA Nashville.
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