Future Watch: David Fletcher Rookie Baseball Cards, Angels – David Fletcher was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 6th round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft. The Orange County California native is in the midst of his fourth minor league season and he’s getting some early notice.
He was a star shortstop for Loyola Marymount University. In two seasons, he was twice a first-team All-WCC; he hit .349 in his first season and .310 in his second.
In 2017, he started the year for the Mobile BayBears in Double-A. He had 243 at-bats where he had 14 doubles, one home run, 22 RBI, 12 steals and a .276 batting average with just 30 strikeouts. That got him promoted to the Salt Lake Bees in the PCL. That first year in Triple-A he got 205 at-bats and had two home runs, 17 RBI and a .254 average. He had six doubles, eight steals and just 25 strikeouts.
The utility infielder started out 2018 in Triple-A after having a solid spring training. Fletcher was competing for the final bench spot but Angels manager Mike Scioscia noticed his play and sent him back at the last minute.
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
Fletcher makes a ton of contact at the plate with a line-drive approach, rarely chases and while he doesn’t walk a ton, he also rarely strikes out. He had a solid offensive season in Double-A in 2017 then lost his gameplan a bit when he was up a level and without power to speak of, it’s important for him to stick with what works best for him. An average runner, he can steal a base and has shown he can play short, even with just an average arm and range, largely because of his instincts and good hands. ETA 2018.
Fletcher is a player who’s been getting better every year. The soon to be 24-year-old is ready to take the next step.
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