During his 2015 stint with the High-A Tampa Yankees, Dustin Fowler showcased the mix of skills he's continuing to polish in the Arizona Fall League.
Fowler actually split his time between Class-A Charleston and Tampa, finishing the season going .298/.334/.394, with 70 RBI and 5 HR's. Of his 145 hits, 66 of them were with Tampa.
Fowler's tendency to take an aggressive approach at the plate has worked for and against him, and it's something he's devoted to improving in fall league, as he confirmed last week when he spoke to this blog. Fowler, an outfielder sometimes used as a designated hitter, was drafted in the 18th round by the New York Yankees in 2013. He played just 30 games that season, when he was assigned to the Gulf Coast League, getting a taste of professional baseball as a high school draftee. The Yankees have to like the football-like build of Fowler, as well as his bat speed. With more reps, he could turn that aggressive approach could lead to his development into a high-average hitter.
He addressed a number of issues and here's what he had to say:
Flying Low: "I have always been the guy under the radar and it gives me motivation to try and prove myself to everyone by playing harder"
His Strengths: "My speed is big in my game...to put the ball in play and let things happen. I could improve in every part of my game, not being so aggressive at the plate and learning the strike zone and getting better jumps on the bases and in the outfield."
Weaknesses, Improvements: "My aggressiveness has hurt me a little but for the most part I have been pretty comfortable at the plate and not being over matched by pitching. But by getting a lot of at bats under my belt I am starting to see progress in learning the strike zone."
Fall League Focus: "Getting more at bats, constantly working on learning the strike zone and staying on my legs more to get more power behind the ball and in the field to get quicker jumps."