Dexter Fowler, Center Field, St. Louis Cardinals, #25


Date of Birth: 3/22/1986
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia
Nickname: Daddy Long Legs

Dexter Fowler, center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, was first drafted out of high school by the Colorado Rockies in 2004. He played in the Rockies' minor league system from 2005 through 2008, playing in just 13 games with the Rockies in 2008.

In 2009, his first full season in the major leagues, Fowler batted .266 with 115 hits, 29 doubles, 10 triples, and a career high 27 stolen bases. The following season, he led major league baseball in triples with 14. In 2010, he batted .250 with 114 hits, and 20 doubles in 132 games.

Fowler had career highs in doubles with 35 and triples with 15 in 2011. His best season, however, was the following one when he had career highs in hits (136), home runs (13), RBIs (53), and batting average (.300). In 2013, he batted .263 with 109 hits in 119 games.

In December, 2013, the Rockies traded Fowler to the Houston Astros. He finished the 2014 season with 120 hits, 21 doubles, and a .276 batting average in 116 games.

Fowler was traded to the Chicago Cubs on January 19, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with 149 hits, 29 doubles, 17 home runs, 20 stolen bases, 46 RBIs, and a .250 batting average in 156 games. As the Cubs' center fielder in 152 games, he made 337 putouts and 4 errors. In 36 at-bats in 9 postseason games, he had 10 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 home runs, 3 RBIs, 1 stolen base, and a .278 batting average.

Fowler signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Cubs on February 25, 2016. In 2016, he batted .276 with 126 hit, 25 doubles, 13 home runs, 13 stolen bases, and 48 RBIs in 125 games. He had 72 at-bats in 17 postseason games and he batted .250 with 18 hits, including 5 doubles and 3 home runs, and 6 RBIs. Defensively, as the Cubs' center fielder in 121 games during the regular season, he made 219 putouts and 4 errors.

Fowler signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Cardinals on December 9, 2016. He finished the 2017 season with 111 hits, 22 doubles, a career high 18 home runs, 101 strikeouts to 63 walks, and a .264 batting average in 118 games. Defensively, as the Cardinals' center fielder in 109 games, he made 222 putouts and 1 error.

Career batting statistics for Fowler through 2017 include:

  • 1,182 games played
  • 1,112 hits
  • 217 doubles
  • 134 stolen bases
  • 403 RBIs
  • 1,075 strikeouts to 617 walks
  • .268 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Fowler as a center fielder through 2017 include:

  • 1,112 games played
  • 2,388 putouts
  • 36 errors
  • .985 fielding percentage

Personal Life

Fowler and his wife Aliya have one daughter.

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Dexter Fowler
ESPN - Dexter Fowler