Fowler already a seasoned veteran at just 26

JOSE M. ROMERO Associated Press Published:

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Dexter Fowler is no longer the precocious prospect brimming with potential. At 26 and entering his fifth full season in the major leagues, the Colorado Rockies' center fielder is a seasoned veteran.

The Rockies have staked their present and near future on the lanky Fowler after avoiding arbitration and signing him to a two-year, $11.6 million contract earlier this month.

Fowler has always shown the potential to be an impact player but finally became a more productive player in 2012 when he set career highs in hits, home runs, RBIs, batting average and on-base percentage.

The Rockies certainly feel good about their investment following his breakout season, and the feeling is mutual. He's glad to be in purple and black for two more years with the organization he's been with since 2004.