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LA Angels Third Base Options for 2019.

By David Rice
DENVER, CO - MAY 09: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scores on a Mike Trout single in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 9, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MAY 09: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scores on a Mike Trout single in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 9, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 16: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to field a groound ball hit down the line taking a hit away from Jed Lowrie #8 of the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on June 16, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 16: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to field a groound ball hit down the line taking a hit away from Jed Lowrie #8 of the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on June 16, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

David Fletcher –

Fletcher received much of the time at third after Cozart was injured and performed admirably for someone who had never played third base on the professional level.  Fletcher made difficult plays look easy and made the routine plays as well. Fletcher made only one error in 33 games at third base in 74 total chances.  He also played 43 games at second base with only one error in 169 total chances.

In addition to his outstanding glovework Fletcher also hit .275 with one homer and 25 RBIs while stealing three bases in 284 at-bats in 80 games played.  Fletcher did not hit for much power, but he was able to hold his own at the plate and will only get better with more experience.

If Cozart can’t answer the bell early in the season or is ineffective Fletcher is a good in-house option. Fletcher could also be used as the Angels primary second baseman as well, and he will provide versatility for the Angels at both spots.

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