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Sexy slugger Dexter Fowler—devoted to family, faith and fashion—may just be the Astros’ next superstar.

Of all the new faces on the famously beleaguered Houston Astros’ roster, Dexter Fowler may be the one to watch. Fresh from the Colorado Rockies, the 28-year-old centerfielder was traded back in December, and since then, he’s been preparing to bring the heat to Minute Maid Park. (Speaking of heat, the slugger, having grown up in Atlanta, is no stranger to H-Town’s warm climate. In fact, it’s one of the things he likes the most. “I love the weather here,” he laughs. “It’s so nice to wake up for practice and not worry about freezing warm-ups or drills.”)

In 2008, Fowler was picked up by the Rockies straight out of high school, and since then, career-wise, he’s been hitting it out of the park. Literally. As of press time, the 6-foot-4 Fowler had 42 career home runs and 54 triples, not to mention 86 stolen bases. In addition to his Major League Baseball career in Denver, Fowler also proved himself in the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, where the U.S. team won bronze. “The most incredible part of Beijing was being surrounded by so many other talented athletes,” he says. “One night at dinner, I complimented a guy on his shoes and talked to him for almost an hour while we ate. The next day, I realized it was Michael Phelps.”

Despite his growing celebrity, Fowler remains modest and committed to his Christian faith, and does not go out of his way to attract attention. “I really prefer spending time at home to going out,” he explains, “and I think of myself as a family guy.” He and his wife, Aliya—to whom he proposed in 2011 outside the Vatican while on a Roman holiday—do, however, like to look good. And they enjoy shopping for hip looks for themselves and their new baby. “If you ever need to know where to find us,” Fowler laughs, “just look around the Galleria.”

The couple has even considered starting a side fashion biz of some sort. For now though, Fowler will stick with America’s pastime. “The team here is young and eager,” he explains, with a kind of optimism stalwart Astros fans need to hear, “and we’re ready to win!”

Fowler’s Hots
Prayer, Gucci, organic eating, shoes, West Ave

Fowler’s Nots
Snow, game delays, fast food, not achieving a goal, women in kitten heels (“Wear flats, or really high heels”)