David Fletcher

David Fletcher

29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Atlanta Braves
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Fletcher was signed to a five-year, $26.1 million extension after solid 2019-2020 campaigns for the Angels, but he struggled so much over the next couple of seasons that he was outrighted off the 40-man roster in 2023, and he was dealt in a salary dump to Atlanta over the winter. The 29-year-old infielder remains one of the most difficult hitters to strike out, but there are also few hitters who have less power, and his average exit velocity of 83.3 mph would have ranked at the bottom of baseball if he had qualified. Fletcher will face an uphill battle making Atlanta out of spring training, and even if he does, he's looking at limited playing time barring something unforeseeable. Read Past Outlooks
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$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. Traded to Atlanta in December of 2023.
Outrighted off roster
2BAtlanta Braves  AAA
December 13, 2023
Fletcher was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett by Atlanta on Wednesday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Given the $15.5 million left on his contract, Fletcher was easily going to pass through waivers. It's still possible that he claims a utility infielder job with Atlanta, but now the club will have a bit more 40-man roster flexibility. Fletcher has slashed just .259/.296/.327 in 251 major-league games since the beginning of the 2021 season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
3
12
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
7
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+42%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021vs Left .714 316 29 4 25 3 .289 .337 .378
Since 2021vs Right .579 674 72 2 51 13 .245 .276 .303
2023vs Left .568 31 2 1 3 0 .207 .258 .310
2023vs Right .656 66 5 1 9 0 .267 .323 .333
2022vs Left .595 76 5 1 5 0 .250 .289 .306
2022vs Right .634 152 15 1 12 1 .257 .287 .347
2021vs Left .780 209 22 2 17 3 .316 .365 .415
2021vs Right .550 456 52 0 30 12 .238 .266 .284
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021Home .636 492 59 2 36 6 .271 .308 .328
Since 2021Away .609 498 42 4 40 10 .247 .283 .326
2023Home .660 54 5 1 5 0 .265 .333 .327
2023Away .587 43 2 1 7 0 .225 .262 .325
2022Home .641 116 12 1 7 0 .259 .298 .343
2022Away .601 112 8 1 10 1 .250 .277 .324
2021Home .630 322 42 0 24 6 .276 .307 .322
2021Away .614 343 32 2 23 9 .248 .288 .326
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.78
 
BB Rate
7.2%
 
K Rate
9.3%
 
BABIP
.256
 
ISO
.079
 
AVG
.247
 
OBP
.302
 
SLG
.326
 
OPS
.628
 
wOBA
.279
 
Exit Velocity
83.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
14.8%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
Expected BA
.229
 
Expected SLG
.281
 
Sprint Speed
23.4 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
46.2%
 
Line Drive %
17.9%
 
Fly Ball %
35.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Fletcher has almost no power and below-average speed, so his usefulness in fantasy has always been tied to hitting above Mike Trout and other run-producers while serving as a batting-average stabilizer. Neither of those things came to fruition last year, as the utility man hit a career-worst .255 and was slotted at the bottom of the lineup about as often as he batted leadoff. Fletcher still stood as one of the league's top contact hitters -- among players with 200 or more plate appearances, his 7% strikeout rate was the lowest -- but he also had the worst hard-hit rate at a paltry 7.4% and didn't register a single barrel all season. At 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, Fletcher isn't going to suddenly develop into a power hitter, but he could stand to add some strength in order to better capitalize on the many balls he puts in play. Working on his body could also help him better avoid getting hurt, as Fletcher missed over 100 games with a variety of injuries last season. He's expected to remain a starter in 2023, though it's uncertain where he'll hit in the order. Even if he turns his batting average back around, Fletcher is a frustrating player to roster in fantasy due to his lack of counting stats. He'll likely go undrafted in 12-team leagues and be late-round filler in deeper ones.
Fletcher is a prime example of a player that has a contact-heavy approach but doesn't have strong plate discipline. Overall, he got more aggressive at the plate in 2021, recording a career-high 46.3 percent overall swing rate as compared to his previous high of 40.2 percent. That isn't necessarily a good thing for a player that lacks power. Though his contact rates didn't suffer, Fletcher's OBP tumbled to a career-low .297 and his wOBA similarly fell to a terrible .273 mark. In its simplest form, he failed to log above fourth percentile marks in average exit velocity, xWOBA and xSLG, while also posting a 38th percentile chase rate. Though Fletcher remained an everyday player and regularly hit first or second in the Angels' lineup, he closed the campaign by hitting ninth. He isn't likely to lose a starting role unless Los Angeles makes significant upgrades across their infield this offseason, but his already minimal value would take a hit the more he moves down the order.
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.
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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Heads to ATL in trade
2BAtlanta Braves  AAA
December 8, 2023
Atlanta acquired Fletcher and Max Stassi (hip/personal) from the Angels on Friday in exchange for Evan White (hip) and Tyler Thomas, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Heads back to bench role
2BLos Angeles Angels  AAA
September 25, 2023
Fletcher is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Knocks homer in return
2BLos Angeles Angels  AAA
September 16, 2023
Fletcher went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Friday in a loss to Detroit.
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Back in majors
2BLos Angeles Angels  AAA
September 14, 2023
The Angels selected Fletcher's contract from Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday.
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Cast off 40-man
2BLos Angeles Angels  AAA
July 14, 2023
Fletcher was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.
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