Fowler is 4-for-10 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs over his first two games with Triple-A Las Vegas.
The 24-year-old was optioned to the Aviators out of big-league camp back on March 12, as the Athletics simply had too crowded an outfield for Fowler to carve out a spot. He struggled in his first exposure to big-league arms in 2018 while generating a .224/.256/.354 line across 203 plate appearances, but he's off to a good start with respect to replicating his success last season at the Triple-A level (.341/.364/.520).
Fowler was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports.
Fowler is hitting .293 so far this spring, but that won't be enough for him to break into a crowded Oakland outfield. He'll wait for an injury to open up a spot.
Fowler entered Tuesday's 4-1 Cactus League win over the Rangers as a pinch runner in the sixth inning and smacked a solo home run while scoring two runs overall in his one plate appearance.
The young outfielder already has a pair of homers and six hits overall in 22 spring at-bats. Fowler had his moments as a rookie last season, but he finished 2018 with a pedestrian .224/.256/.354 line that included 11 extra-base hits (three doubles, two triples and six home runs) and 23 RBI across 203 plate appearances. Fowler is battling for a major-league roster spot in a relatively crowded outfield that added Robbie Grossman this offseason. However, his ability to fill in at both left and center field could give him a leg up if he's able to continue producing at the plate for the balance of the exhibition slate.
Fowler was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Friday.
As expected, Fowler is back with the A's after spending a little less than a month in the minors following an underwhelming 59-game stint with the big club earlier in the year (.231/260/.328, though he did have six homers and six steals). The 23-year-old should get an opportunity to prove himself down the stretch, though with the A's in a playoff race, he may be utilized primarily as a pinch runner or defensive replacement.
The outfielder's return would come 30 days after he was sent back down to the Sounds following a forgettable 14-game major-league stint in July (.180 average, one home run, four RBI). Fowler has been much better at the minor-league level this season, slashing .341/.364/.520 across 55 games in Nashville. With rosters expanding Saturday and the Sounds' season approaching its conclusion, Fowler could have ample opportunity to improve on his major-league body of work in September.
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