The 2012 Major League Baseball season wasn’t one that was kind to the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies suffered through injuries to key players and finished well down in the standings. If the Rockies are going to be a competitive team in 2013, there could be one player who got through 2012 unscathed that has to do it again. Dexter Fowler hit a career-high 13 home runs while batting .300 for the Rockies. Fowler is going to be in center field for the Rockies again on Opening Day this season, but at least he will have some help back in the lineup this time around.
The injury to Troy Tulowitzki last season put a lot of pressure on Fowler to be more of an offensive force, but this season should be more about hitting around .300 again. Fowler is going to probably end up hitting leadoff for the Rockies this year and won’t get over 60 RBI on the season, but in a lineup that has Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer, there are going to be chances to knock in runs. Colorado won’t be an offensive force this season, but Fowler can at least bring some offense to the table.
Fowler played in 143 games last season, and I would hope that he plays in closer to 150-155 this year if he can stay healthy. There is just too much talent there for a player at age 27 not to be hitting his peak right now. If Fowler can come close to his numbers from last year this season, the Rockies won’t finish in last place in the National League West.