Dexter Fowler wasn’t exactly the acquisition that Houston Astros fans were anticipating this offseason. He doesn’t fit the bill of being a first baseman or a power threat, and he certainly isn’t a relief pitcher, but Fowler may be just another dose of what the Astros are trying to become. His speed and defensive prowess lock up an outfield that has the potential to be amazing in the 2014 season. Not only that, but with Jose Altuve, Jonathan Villar, Robbie Grossman and George Springer already primed to be terrorizing the basepaths, Fowler just adds another weapon with his undeniable speed.
However, it’s not only his skill set that makes him a perfect fit, it’s his positive attitude.
Fowler arrived at Spring Training early so that he could meet all of his new teammates. In a media session, he spoke about his genuine excitement to be a part of what GM Jeff Luhnow and the Astros are doing.
At only 27 years old, Fowler still has plenty of time to spend in the MLB, and if he really is as stoked as he claims to be about being apart of the Astros’ organization, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him sporting Houston’s colors for more years to come.
The competition is stiff, however, as it usually is for a team with so many moving parts. Fowler is a center fielder, but so is top prospect George Springer, who has been extended an invitation to Spring Training and will almost definitely be in the Astros’ starting lineup at some point this year.
Fowler’s career .270 average will be a welcome addition to an Astros lineup that was shaky at best last year. He’s always a threat to steal bases and his defensive prowess alone is enough to keep him patrolling center field.
All in all, it looks like Fowler was just another tally on the list of good moves made by the new brain trust in Houston.