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Dexter Fowler doesn’t think giving up switch-hitting is the answer

Jun 13, 2011, 6:19 PM EST

Dexter Fowler AP

Slumping center fielder Dexter Fowler probably would have been sent down by the Rockies last week if not for a strained abdominal muscle that put him on the disabled list instead, but he doesn’t believe that quitting switch-hitting will give his flailing career a boost.

The 25-year-old Fowler, in his third full season with the Rockies, is a natural right-handed hitter.  In his career, he’s hit .282/.369/.414 as a righty and .243/.339/.380 hitter as a lefty.

MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reported that Jim Tracy is on board with Fowler as a switch-hitter for now, but believes a change might be inevitable if Fowler’s numbers continue to go south.  Fowler posted a .770 OPS as a rookie last year and a .757 mark last season, but he’s down to .688 at the moment.

Fowler has also been a disaster away from Coors Field in his career, with an OPS nearly 200 points lower on the road.  He’s hit .225/.313/.333 in 172 career away games.

The Rockies opted to move Carlos Gonzalez back to center field when Fowler landed on the DL, and expectations are that Fowler is in for a lengthy rehab assignment before he makes it back to Denver.  If Fowler doesn’t excel at Triple-A, he’ll probably be optioned to the minors for a spell.

  1. 5thbase - Jun 13, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    “he’s hit .282/.369/.414 as a righty and .243/.339/.380 hitter versus lefties”

    Not only is that very awkwardly worded, but it doesn’t make any sense. Since a normal switch hitter would bat right handed versus lefties, I’m guessing that it’s supposed to read “he’s hit … as a righty and … as a lefty.” Either that or it’s the other way around, but “as a righty” and “versus lefties” would be the same thing for any non-mentally challenged switch hitter.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 13, 2011 at 10:51 PM

      Fowler posted a .770 OPS as a rookie last year and a .757 mark last season,

      .
      not the only awkward statement.

  2. Matthew Pouliot - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Whoops. Yeah, I changed the way I was going to word it halfway through and then botched it. Fixed now. Thanks.

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