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Dexter Fowler

Dexter Fowler meets President George W. Bush at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Colorado Rockies — No. 24
Center fielder
Born: March 22, 1986 (1986-03-22) (age 23)
Atlanta, Georgia
Bats: Switch Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 2, 2008 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .259
Home runs     4
Runs batted in     34
Teams
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's baseball
Bronze 2008 Beijing Team

William Dexter Fowler (born March 22, 1986, in Atlanta, Georgia) is a Major League Baseball center fielder for the Colorado Rockies.

Baseball career

Fowler was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 14th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. He rejected offers from Harvard and the University of Miami in order to play for the Rockies. In 2008, he was selected by Major League Baseball to play in the All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium, and wowed scouts and players alike during the game.

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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 flew out to right field.[4]

On September 10, 2008, Fowler recorded his first hit, an infield single, off of Will Ohman in the top of the seventh inning of a 9-5 road loss against the Atlanta Braves.[5]

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.[6]

On April 27, 2009, Fowler tied a modern day rookie record when he stole five bases against the San Diego Padres in a 12-7 victory. [7]

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