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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Angels’ David Fletcher Is Baseball’s Most Anonymous Talent

What he lacks in the ability to hit the ball hard, he makes up for with a knack to hit the ball in specific spots to beat opposing defenses. A look at his spray chart shows an even distribution of hits across all parts of the diamond.

“You can’t defend him, because when you move somewhere he’ll hit it where you’re not,” Gill says. “It’s the most uncanny, elite performance skill I’ve ever seen. If you move your right fielder in, he’s gonna hit it over the right fielder’s head. I don’t know how, but he will. It’ll fall where they’re not.”

The doubts about his ability to hit persisted even after he reached the majors. After he hit his first home run as a rookie, the Angels’ dugout opted against using their typical silent treatment for a player’s first career homer and instead greeted Fletcher warmly in the dugout because, in then manager Mike Scioscia’s words, “We don’t know how many more Fletch is going to hit.”...

Fletcher’s success is proof that there still exists space for old-school players in today’s game. In a year where the league batting average is flirting with the all-time low and there have been a record number of no-hitters, Fletcher’s approach flies in the face of the three true outcomes that have been popularized in the Statcast era, when exit velocity and barrel statistics are readily available. By those measures, Fletcher will likely never stand out, but he’s thrived at the highest level precisely because he’s different, not in spite of that.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 19, 2021 at 07:02 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Friday, April 02, 2021

Los Angeles Angels, David Fletcher agree to five-year, $26 million extension

The Los Angeles Angels and second baseman David Fletcher have agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $26 million, the team announced hours before its season opener on Thursday.

Fletcher’s deal includes two club options, giving the Angels an opportunity to buy out as many as three free-agent years. Angels general manager Perry Minasian said extending Fletcher was “a priority for us all spring training,” but the two sides set a deadline of Opening Day.

“It went down to the deadline, but we were able to get this thing done,” Minasian said. “We’re pumped.”

Fletcher, 26, has batted .292/.346/.386 with 77 extra-base hits in 283 games from 2018 to 2020, producing 6.7 FanGraphs wins above replacement. He’s listed at only 5-foot-9 and doesn’t hit for much power. But the Angels value his ability to consistently put the ball in play—Fletcher has struck out only 123 times in 1,190 career plate appearances—and provide above-average defense at three infield positions.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2021 at 09:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
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