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Fowler was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 14th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft out of Milton High School in Alpharetta, Georgia. He rejected offers from Harvard and the University of Miami in order to play for the Rockies. In 2008, he was selected by Major League Baseball to play in the All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium
Fowler was batting .337 with nine home runs, 61 RBI and 20 stolen bases for the Rockies' Double-A Texas League affiliate, the Tulsa Drillers, when he took a break from his minor league season in order to represent the United States in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. He and the U.S. team ended up winning the bronze medal in the Olympics by defeating Japan, 8-4, in the bronze medal game.
Fowler was called up to the Major Leagues for the first time on September 2, 2008. He made his debut that same day in a 6-5 extra innings home win over the San Francisco Giants, coming in as a pinch runner in the bottom of the 10th inning; he was subsequently picked off at first base. In Fowler's first at-bat in the bottom of the third inning of a 9-2 home loss against the Giants the following day, he flew out to right field.
On April 8, 2009, Fowler hit his first career home run off Doug Davis of the Arizona Diamondbacks, as part of a 9-2 road win. He hit the home run on the first pitch of the game, becoming the first player in Rockies history to do so.
- ↑ Baseball America Prospect Handbook
- ↑ 2008 Minor League Olympians
- ↑ Bronzed in history: U.S. gets medal
- ↑ Rockies' Fowler picked on in debut
- ↑ Zito keeps up hot streak to slow Rockies' improved play
- ↑ Atlanta scores five in 7th to rally, dent Rockies' playoff hopes
- ↑ First things first: Fowler goes deep
- ↑ Fowler ties modern-day record with 5 SBs; Hawpe taken to hospital
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube