Posted by: portersprospectreport | September 9, 2008

Recent MLB Call-Up #5—Dexter Fowler

Gen Y's version of Eric Davis?

Gen Y's Eric Davis?

Dexter Fowler

I’ve written a few tidbits about the Colorado Rockies phenom and now his time as a major league player has come.  Last season, injuries marred Fowler’s productivity, limiting him to just 65 games in which he hit 2 HR and 23 RBI.  This season, Fowler has been healthy and produced in congruence to his top prospect status.  Though he missed a month playing for the Bronze Medal winning US national team, Fowler hit .335 with 9 HR 64 RBI 92 runs and 20 SB for AA Tulsa.  Additionally, his 65 BB/89 K’s shows that he has an advanced grasp of the strike zone.

Colorado is on the outer fringes of the pennant chase, trailing the L.A. Dodgers by 6 games as of today.  That has limited Fowler’s playing time to just one AB and one awful pinch running experience (he was picked off by Benji Molina). As September rolls on, the Rockies will fall out of the playoff hunt and Fowler will accrue more AB’s.  Additionally, he is slated to participate in the Arizona Fall League.

He reminds me so much of Alexis Rios in body type and athleticism.  His power is not at the level of Rios’ yet, but I am optimistic that this will develop.  Fowler hit 30 doubles and 9 triples this year which shows that he has more power to come.  Additionally, his 6-5 195 lb. frame can easily accept 15-20 more pounds of muscle without drastically impacting his speed.  He is much more refined at the plate, on the basepaths, and defensively than Rios which makes his ceiling precipitously greater.  Dexter has 1st year cards in only one set, 2004 Donruss Elite Extra.  His autographs (#’ed to 643) sell for $35-40 each and his first chrome cards in the 2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects set sell for $1.50-2.00 each. 

Fowler is an All-Star in the making and all of his cards, both spendy and cheap, are great value buys at their current prices.

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