David Fletcher
David Fletcher
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Los Angeles Angels
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Fletcher's Statcast numbers are extreme. Last season, he ranked dead last among qualified MLB hitters in both barrel rate (0.5%) and hard-hit rate (17.8%), resulting in a paltry .106 ISO. What he lacked in power, however, was balanced by an elite 10.9 K% (fifth-best among qualified hitters). The end result was a career-best .319/.376/.425 slash line and an unquestioned everyday role in the Angels' lineup. If he had even moderate power or speed, Fletcher would likely go within the top five rounds in mixed-league fantasy drafts. Instead, he's a batting-average booster with added value due to his eligibility at multiple positions. His role as the Angels' leadoff hitter ahead of Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon could lead to plenty of runs, but Fletcher remains a late-round pick in most formats due to the complete absence of homers and steals. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#234
ADP
$Signed a five-year, $24.5 million contract extension with the Angels in April of 2021. Contract includes $8 million team option ($1.5 million buyout) for 2026 and $8.5 million team option ($1.5 million buyout) for 2027.
Three-hit effort in win
2BLos Angeles Angels
June 19, 2021
Fletcher went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's 8-3 win over Detroit.
ANALYSIS
The 27-year-old knocked in a run with a sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning, and he added an RBI double in the eighth. Fletcher is on a six-game hitting streak, during which he's gone 12-for-21 (.571) with seven RBI, five runs scored and three doubles. The contact-hitting infielder has posted a .281/.312/.328 slash line with no home runs, 24 RBI, 38 runs scored and three stolen bases across 275 plate appearances overall. Given his recent surge, Fletcher has responded well to batting at the bottom of the order, although that gives him fewer chances to make an impact for fantasy managers.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
28
18
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
8
13
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2019
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .751 354 50 4 24 1 .293 .363 .388
Since 2019vs Right .709 789 102 5 64 12 .291 .336 .372
2021vs Left .708 82 9 0 6 0 .311 .370 .338
2021vs Right .625 197 30 0 18 3 .274 .292 .333
2020vs Left .843 69 8 1 6 0 .323 .391 .452
2020vs Right .748 142 22 2 9 2 .299 .355 .394
2019vs Left .736 203 33 3 12 1 .276 .350 .387
2019vs Right .733 450 50 3 37 7 .296 .350 .383
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .740 569 77 4 43 7 .301 .359 .381
Since 2019Away .719 589 76 5 48 6 .290 .337 .382
2021Home .689 141 25 0 11 1 .311 .333 .356
2021Away .609 138 14 0 13 2 .258 .296 .313
2020Home .720 112 19 1 5 1 .293 .366 .354
2020Away .908 114 12 2 13 1 .356 .398 .510
2019Home .770 316 33 3 27 5 .299 .368 .401
2019Away .701 337 50 3 22 3 .282 .332 .369
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Stat Review
How does David Fletcher compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.39
 
BB Rate
4.3%
 
K Rate
11.1%
 
BABIP
.322
 
ISO
.050
 
AVG
.285
 
OBP
.315
 
SLG
.335
 
OPS
.650
 
wOBA
.290
 
Exit Velocity
77.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
13.6%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Fletcher made the most of his first full season in the majors, ranking 22nd in baseball with 173 hits and ninth with a .299 xBA. The 25-year-old excelled by playing to his strengths; he possesses little power (.094 ISO) and moderate speed, so he focused on driving the ball to all fields, posting the highest line-drive rate (32.6%) in the big leagues. Fletcher also established himself as one of baseball's best contact hitters, ranking first with a 91.1% contact rate and third with a 9.8 K%. Furthermore, Fletcher's versatility was a major asset as he played five different positions and hit in seven different batting-order slots last season. All of this makes him immensely important to the Angels, but real-life value doesn't always translate to the fantasy realm. Such is the case with Fletcher, who should hit for solid average but doesn't provide enough counting stats to be of much use in mixed leagues.
After hitting .350 in 58 games to open the season with Triple-A Salt Lake, Fletcher earned his first big-league callup in mid-June and quickly settled into an everyday role. He didn't do a lot to excite fantasy owners -- his middling performance was right in line with his prospect reports. He demonstrated good contact ability (11.1 K%) and strong defense at both second and third base, but he'll need to tap into more power if he's to be anything more than a glove-first, slap-hitting utility man long term. Fletcher managed a .209 ISO with Salt Lake prior to his promotion but posted just a .088 ISO in the big leagues, a mark which lined up well with his numbers from previous seasons. He has dual eligibility and a little speed, but those aren't strong enough selling points in mixed leagues.
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Gets breather Friday
2BLos Angeles Angels
June 18, 2021
Fletcher is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Tigers.
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Knocks four hits
2BLos Angeles Angels
June 14, 2021
Fletcher went 4-for-5 with a double and one RBI in Monday's 8-5 loss to Oakland.
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Has productive day in win
2BLos Angeles Angels
June 14, 2021
Fletcher went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 10-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
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Buried in batting order
2BLos Angeles Angels
June 13, 2021
Fletcher will bat ninth and start at second base in Sunday's series finale against the Diamondbacks.
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Doubles twice, drives in two
2BLos Angeles Angels
May 30, 2021
Fletcher went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 4-2 win over Oakland.
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