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Saturday, February 24, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: DUSTIN FOWLER OUTFIELDER OAKLAND A'S

The 2017 MLB campaign of Oakland A's centerfielder Dustin Fowler was one that belongs in the "you can't make this stuff up" bin.  Having been promoted by the New York Yankees to make his debut last summer, Fowler didn't even make it through the game before he suffered a gruesome ruptured patellar in his knee crashing into the wall tracking down a pop fly along the first base side.  That ended Fowler's debut before it could pick up traction and before you knew it, the Yanks had dealt Fowler as a headliner in the trade for pitcher Sonny Gray.  Now half a year removed from the injury, Fowler is progressing nicely and is aiming to be the team's starting centerfielder on Opening Day.  While he has not been cleared for full activities just yet, Fowler is expected to be ready for the opener as he has had no issues in his rehab.  So let's dig in a bit deeper on Fowler in order to preview what he could provide his fantasy baseball owners this season.

As far as some history on Fowler is concerned, he was originally just an 18th round pick by the Yanks in 2013 but he put himself on the prospect map with a big 2016 when he put up the following numbers in Double-A:

.281
12 HR
25 SB
67 R
88 RBI

Those are very fantasy baseball friendly numbers and surely makes Fowler someone worthy of our sleeper attention.  The A's are a rebuilding team that will give Fowler a bunch of leash this season and so he has a great chance to putting some helpful power/speed numbers as soon as the start of 2018.  Now Fowler needs to work on his plate discipline since he is allergic to walks which will hurt the average but the power/speed game is worth paying attention to this spring.  So do yourself a favor and place Fowler on your fantasy baseball cheat sheets as he is well off the radar going into drafts. 


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