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2019 Mets draft profile: Dalton Fowler

With their twenty-seventh selection in the 2019 draft, the Mets selected Dalton Fowler, a left-handed pitcher from Tennessee.

Born: Arlington, Tennessee

Age: 19 (1/07/00)

Height/Weight: 6’5”/190 lbs.

Position: LHP

Bats/Throws: L/L

School: Northwest Mississippi Community College (Senatobia, Mississippi)

The son of Lanny Fowler, who played baseball for the University of Memphis in the early 1980s, Dalton Fowler was a big reason the Arlington High School Tigers went to back-to-back playoff appearances. As a junior, he posted a 3.33 ERA in 36 innings, walking 22 and striking out 40. As a senior, he posted a 1.62 ERA in 47.1 innings, walking 29 and striking out 71. He elected to attend Northwest Mississippi Community College, and in his freshman year there posted a 3.76 ERA in 64.2 innings, allowing 52 hits, walking 43, and striking out 88. He signed a letter of intent to play for Ole Miss next season last December but has since backed out of it.

Fowler throws from a low-three-quarters arm slot. As a taller pitcher, his upper and lower halves sometimes get out of sync, leading to control problems. When his command is on, he can throw inside and outside to lefties and right-handers, but when it is not, he has trouble finding the strike zone to begin with. His fastball sits in the high-80s-to-low-90s, topping out as high as 94 MPH. Thanks to his size, the pitch has plenty of downward plane and has sink. While is already tall, he weighs 190 pounds, which means he may still fill in more, adding additional velocity and stamina. He complements his fastball with a curveball and changeup, both of which are inconsistent but developing pitches. His curveball flashes being a quality pitch, but he sometimes has trouble getting on top of it due to his arm slot, turning the pitch into a slurve with weak break. His changeup also flashes being a quality pitch, with excellent arm-side fide when he has it working.