Dustin Fowler was born December 29, 1994 in Cadwell, Georgia. The left-handed center fielder stands in at 6-foot-tall and weighs 195 pounds. The New York Yankees selected him in the 18th round of the 2013 June amateur draft out of West Lauren’s High School in Dexter, Georgia. The draft class also included Clint Frazier, Billy McKinney, Aaron Judge, Ian Clarkin and Tyler Wade.
He began his pro career in the Gulf Coast League in July of 2013. In 30 games, there he produced a modest .241/.274/.384. He also only managed to steal three bases that season. He spent time all over the outfield, but a majority was in left.
Fowler was promoted to Charleston for his first full season. He split his time between right and center field. His batting line improved only slightly to .257/.292/.459. Of his 66 hits, only 28 were for extra bases, including nine home runs. Again, he only stole three bases.
He returned to Charleston in 2015 as the everyday center fielder. He had a very impressive start to the season and was promoted to Tampa in June. Combined, he finished the season .298/.334/.394, adding 70 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.
The successful season earned him an invitation to the Arizona Fall League as well as to spring training the following year. Baseball America ranked him as the Yankees’ #10 prospect.
Fowler spent the entire year in Trenton where he earned a spot on the Eastern League all-star team. He played the season 3.3 years younger than the average player. He hit .281/.311/.458, including 30 doubles, 15 triples, 12 home runs, 88 RBIs, and 25 stolen bases.
The 22-year old center fielder is very athletic with a strong arm. He has the speed to remain in center long term. His 15 triples last year led the organization, displaying a combination of power and speed.
He has proven to be slightly undisciplined at the plate, having only walked 65 times compared to 252 strikeouts in his four seasons. This has resulted in an on-base percentage of only .034 higher than his batting average. To utilize his speed, he needs to reach base at a higher rate.
Fowler ranks 14th on Pinstriped Prospects top 50. He was invited to spring training so the team can get a closer look at him. He has conquered Double-A so figure on him roaming center for the Scranton RailRiders. He is Rule 5 eligible at the end of the year so will likely be added to the 40-man roster and promoted to the majors when the need arises.