2023 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$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.
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