The Angels were dealt a huge blow on Friday when right fielder Dexter Fowler suffered a torn ACL, ending his 2021 season.
Fowler was heading towards second base on a force play and it looked as if he was caught in between a slide and standing up when he planted awkwardly on the base. The initial diagnosis was a knee contusion on Saturday, but that changed when the Halos announced his season-ending injury on Sunday.
It’s a tough break for the Halos and Fowler who was beginning to swing the bat well, going (4-for-10) in his last three games prior to his injury. From a statistical standpoint (.250 BA-21 PA), it’s not exactly a huge loss, but Fowler was a clubhouse leader on and off the field.
The Angels lose more than just statistics with Dexter Fowler.
Those types of intangibles seem to be forgotten among the exit velocities, launch angles, and other data-driven categories in the Statcast Era, but they are still keys to any team’s success.
Fowler has been a winner everywhere he’s gone, finishing on teams above .500 for six straight seasons. In that span was four trips to the postseason, and a World Series victory in 2016 where Fowler famously led off game 7 with a home run.
The winning attitude has rubbed off in Anaheim, as the Angels have gotten off to their best start in over a decade.
He’s not going to be easy to replace, but here are the players who are most likely to play in right field in Fowler’s absence.