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Sleeper: Dexter Fowler

Colorado Rockies' Dexter Fowler rounds first base during

Colorado Rockies' Dexter Fowler rounds first base during a spring training workout in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Feb. 23, 2012) Credit: AP

After stealing 27 bases in 2009, Dexter Fowler has not come close to fulfilling some lofty expectations. The Rockies outfielder even got sent to the minor leagues last season.

While Fowler has been a disappointment so far, there’s a lot of potential for success. Fowler got off to a terrible start last season and was sent to the minors in June. He was brought back quickly and flashed his upside in the second half.

After the All-Star break, Fowler was very excellent. In 271 at-bats, Fowler hit .288 with 51 runs, 22 doubles, 10 triples, five home runs, 27 RBIs, and an .880 OPS.

While Fowler has speed, he has not been very successful on the base paths. He stole 27 bases and was caught 10 times in 2009. He was 13 of 21 the next season and 12 of 21 last season.

What I liked was his success in the second half. After going 2-for-8 prior to the All-Star break, Fowler was successful on 10 of 13 after the break. A small sample, but maybe he picked up on something. Fowler draws walks and his contact rate improved in the second half.

For where he gets drafted, he's a nice value.

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