On Tuesday afternoon, former Colorado Rockies centerfielder Dexter Fowler announced his retirement from Major League Baseball after a storied 14-year career. said on his social media account.
Dexter Fowler was drafted by the Rockies in the 14th round of the 2004 MLB Draft out of Milton High School in Milton, Georgia. He turned down an offer from Harvard University and ended his contract with the University of Miami to sign with the Rockies for his $925,000 at age 18.
Dexter Fowler – First Four MiLB Seasons
|Year 2005||Casper Rockies (Rookie)||62||252||220||43||60||Ten||Four||Four||twenty three||18||6||27||73||.273||.357||.409|
|2006||Asheville Tourist (A)||99||458||405||92||120||31||6||8||46||43||twenty three||43||79||.296||.373||.462|
|2007||Modest nuts (A+)||65||299||245||43||67||7||Five||2||twenty three||20||11||44||64||.274||.397||.367|
|2008||Tulsa Drillers (AA)||108||505||421||92||141||31||9||9||64||20||8||65||89||.335||.431||.515|
Fowler had a successful first four seasons as a professional in the Rockies’ minor league system. In all, he stole 101 bases and hit 24 triples, displaying elite speed. He also showed a keen ability to hit the base. 350 on-base percentage in a season and drew bases with a strong clip. He also had more than 80 strikeouts, which he had only once. Fowler has been in the top 100 prospect rankings since 2007. Baseball he America ranked him number one. 48, no. 74, no. 15 each before the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons.
In 2008, Double-A Tulsa Drillers’ Dexter Fowler enjoyed a breakout season. He led the Drillers in on-base percentage, had the second-best batting average in 108 games, and had 31 doubles, nine triples, and 20 stolen bases. His performance brought him attention on an international scale. He was selected for Team His USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, playing alongside fellow Rockies prospect Jason Nicks. Fowler was the starting center fielder for Team USA, posting .250/.300/.429 in 28 plate appearances. He recorded two doubles and his three hits while achieving his two draws and his two RsBIs, helping Team USA win the bronze medal behind Cuba and South Korea. contributed to
The Rockies called Fowler directly from Double-A late in the 2008 season. He made his major league debut as a pinch runner on September 2nd, and on September 10th, he recorded his first career start and career first hit. Fowler said that in a cup of coffee he played 13 games.
After batting .291/.356/.430 in spring training, hitting seven doubles, two triples, and eight stolen bases, Fowler was named on the 25-man roster for the 2009 season opener, and eventually made the final pitch. established as a starter. Center fielder. 266/.363/.406 in his 135 games, he finished eighth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting.he hit a wild ten With three bases and 27 stolen bases, he established himself as the team’s premier speedster.
Fowler struggled somewhat in September with a knee injury, batting just .229 with one stolen base during spring training in 2010 before posting just .216/.327/.317 in the first 47 games of the season. Just hit, Triple A Colorado Springs Sky Sox. In 27 games before his full-time return to the Rockies, he had four triples and he hit two home runs, posting .340/.436/.566. 280/.357/.453 for the rest of the season, and he also had 11 triples, setting the Rockies’ single-season triple record at 14.
Dexter Fowler will be the opening day center fielder for the Rockies for the next three seasons from 2011-13.He set a single-season triple record Also In 2011, he was 15, hitting 29 total in those three years, while also hitting 30 home runs, 43 stolen bases and .812 OPS. He became a fan favorite at Coors Field with his infectious smile and some truly amazing moments.
He lost his glove over the wall in center field during the Rockies’ visit to the Kansas City Royals. He jumped over the fence to retrieve it while the crowd cheered him on.
He made an amazing catch to save Ubaldo Jimenez’s no-hitter.
He gave Rockies fans hope by jumping past Chase Utley in Game 4 of the 2009 NLDS against the Philadelphia Phillies.
In six seasons with the Rockies, Dexter Fowler cemented his legacy. He ranks in the franchise’s top 10 in walks, on-base percentage, and stolen bases. He also held the franchise record for triples until he was usurped by Charlie Blackmon this year. He was also the first center fielder in franchise history and the most commonly used player at the position for over two seasons. Fowler posted his rWAR positive for the fifth straight season as the Rockies’ leading center fielder. Charlie Blackmon has had four, but the Rockies have never had the same center field starter in the last four seasons in a row. Fowler was the first Rocky Mountain player to truly own the field at Coors’ cavernous center.
Unfortunately, his tenure with the Rockies is coming to an end. In December 2013, the Rockies traded Fowler to the Houston Astros for pitcher Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes, where he spent one season with Windy before moving to City. With the Chicago Cubs, he was an All-Star and World Champion. He spent four successful seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and one year with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels would be his final big league stop, with a torn ACL prematurely ending his season.
Cubs fans will remember him from his World Series victory. Cardinals fans will miss his time there. But Rocky fans knew him first. They will remember his bright and huge smile that lit up the Coors’ outfield or as he soared around the base.
Sexy Dexie, congratulations on a great career. I can’t wait to see what you do next.
Fowler was announced yesterday Joined the Broadcast Team of the Chicago Cubs as a Studio Analyst.
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