Trading for Dexter Fowler was the Houston Astros‘ main move of the offseason and after Fowler’s impressive start to the season, the trade is looking like a great move.
Fowler went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the Astros’ 7-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, putting his batting average at .438 on the young season. Fowler has been a catalyst at the top of the lineup for the Astros, consistently getting on base in front of the heart of the order.
Fowler missed the Astros series against the Los Angeles Angels due to a virus, but has still managed to pick up a pair of doubles, a triple and a home run in just 17 plate appearances.
What makes the trade even better for the Astros is that they didn’t have to give up much to acquire Fowler. The Astros traded away two players, starting pitcher Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes, that didn’t fit in the Astros’ long term plan in order to get Fowler. Lyles was a former first round pick for the Astros, but he failed to post an ERA under five in his three big league seasons with the club.
Fowler gives the Astros a leadoff hitter to build around moving forward. He is in the prime of his career and looks to have put the injury issues he had last season behind him. Fully healthy, Fowler could have the best season of his career.
The Astros have a lot of top talent in the minor leagues that should be arriving in the big leagues in the next year or two and that bodes well for the future of the organization. Fowler and second baseman Jose Altuve look to be key parts of future Astros lineups, and once the top talent joins them in the majors, the Astros should become a contender in the AL West.