Colorado Rockies Countdown: Top Five Center Fielders
3. Dexter Fowler (2008-2013, fWAR 8.0)
Atlanta native and home-grown product Dexter Fowler roamed center at Coors for six seasons, making him the longest tenured player on our list. As the franchise’s most stable center fielder, Fowler would play in 667 games with the club, 70-plus more than the nearest player.
Fowler ranks first among Rockies center fielders in runs scored in a career with 376. Also, Fowler ranks second in offensive runs above average for a Rockies career at 26.3. As reported by Fangraphs’ all-encompassing base running statistic, Fowler is second in club history with a score of 17.6 (Willy Taveras ranks first). In an amazing feat during the 2009 season, Fowler tied the MLB rookie record for most stolen bases in a game when he swept five bags against rival San Diego.
Although he was more than capable, Fowler would only steal 20-plus bases in a season once, that didn’t stop Fowler’s speed from being playing a significant role in franchise history. Most relevantly, Fowler occupies the first, second, and third spots in the Rockies record book for triples in a season with 15 (2011), 14 (2010, led the league), and 11 (2012). Having accomplished four seasons with double-digit triples in Colorado, it’s no surprise that Fowler holds the club record for triples in a career with 53.
Currently, Fowler is playing a pivotal role in center field for the playoff-bound Chicago Cubs. In 2016 Fowler made the first All-Star game of his career.
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