Dustin Fowler

Position: CF
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Trenton Thunder
League: Pacific Coast League
Age: 21
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185
B/T: Left / Left
Acquired: 18th Rd., 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (NYY)

Prospect Spotlight

A plus athlete in center field, Fowler is a very intriguing prospect. He features plus reads and reactions off the bat, and he takes precise routes to balls in both gaps. He tracks the ball well, and has showed the ability to get a certain spot and relocate the ball to make a tough play look routine. A plus glove in center field is a solid starting point for prospect, but that is not the only quality tool Fowler brings to the table.

Being routinely in the 4.15-to-4.20 run times from HP-to-1B, Fowler is a plus runner, and he collects his body well to throw despite having just a fringe-average arm. At the plate, Fowler has a squared setup with high hands. He showed innate feel for contact with a short, compact hitting stroke and linear swing path. Fowler has above-average bat speed generated from his strong, quick wrists, and he’s shown keen pitch recognition skills and the ability to track spin deep into the hitting zone before firing the barrel and squaring it. He has a high knowledge of the strike zone and showed the ability to use all fields when hitting. There is some debate that Fowler is aggressive enough early in counts but he’s shown a quality two-strike approach, making it seem he is comfortable hitting in all counts.

Although he could add some more muscle to his frame, there is some strength there and he showed the ability to muscle balls to the gaps despite not having a swing oriented for it. Overall, Fowler features both plus run and a plus glove in center field with a potentially average hit tool. He has the defensive versatility to move around the outfield, and despite his fringe-average arm and below-average power, Fowler has a ceiling of a Role 50; major league regular in center field. – C.J. Wittmann