David Fletcher

David Fletcher

28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Los Angeles Angels
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for David Fletcher in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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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.
Activated by Halos
2BLos Angeles Angels
September 29, 2022
Fletcher (hand) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Thursday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Fletcher spent just over the minimum of 10 days on the injured list with a bone bruise in his hand, but he resumed swinging recently and has been cleared for game action for the final few days of the regular season. The 28-year-old is starting Thursday against Oakland and should see plenty of playing time for the Angels over the next week.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
20
1
1
3
10
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
10
1
1
3
2
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+42%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .752 354 35 4 28 3 .303 .354 .398
Since 2020vs Right .604 750 89 3 51 15 .253 .287 .317
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
2020vs Left .843 69 8 1 6 0 .323 .391 .452
2020vs Right .748 142 22 2 9 2 .299 .355 .394
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .650 550 73 2 36 7 .276 .317 .333
Since 2020Away .669 569 52 5 46 11 .270 .308 .361
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
2020Home .720 112 19 1 5 1 .293 .366 .354
2020Away .908 114 12 2 13 1 .356 .398 .510
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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
0.44
 
BB Rate
3.1%
 
K Rate
7.0%
 
BABIP
.268
 
ISO
.079
 
AVG
.255
 
OBP
.288
 
SLG
.333
 
OPS
.621
 
wOBA
.277
 
Exit Velocity
82.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
13.4%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
Expected BA
.285
 
Expected SLG
.344
 
Sprint Speed
22.8 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
35.4%
 
Line Drive %
24.6%
 
Fly Ball %
40.0%
 
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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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Taking swings
2BLos Angeles Angels
Hand
September 25, 2022
Fletcher (hand) has been able to resume taking swings, The Associated Press reports.
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Headed to injured list
2BLos Angeles Angels
Hand
September 17, 2022
Fletcher (hand) will be placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
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Getting CT scans
2BLos Angeles Angels
Hand
September 16, 2022
Fletcher will undergo a CT scan on his right hand Friday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Singles in return
2BLos Angeles Angels
Hand
September 13, 2022
Fletcher (hand) went 1-for-2 with a single in a 3-1 loss Tuesday in Cleveland.
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Still out Tuesday
2BLos Angeles Angels
Hand
September 13, 2022
Fletcher (hand) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Guardians.
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