Last season, the LA Angels utilized David Fletcher as a super utility player. Now, after the signing of Anthony Rendon, Fletch is primed to be the American League’s starting second baseman come the All Star break.
First off, huge shout out to David Fletcher’s selflessness in giving the LA Angels’ newest star his number. During Rendon’s press conference on Saturday, he made clear that he never even asked for the #6 from Fletcher, but that Fletcher did the act on his own.
Fletcher’s selflessness on the field carries off the field as well. However, in 2020, Fletcher is finally set at one position as the Angels’ starting second baseman. While he could see time in right field until Jo Adell is ready to be an everyday starter in the big leagues, he’ll play the large majority of his innings at second base. While his versatility will come in handy and surely be a fun toy for Joe Maddon, Fletcher is the starter at second base.
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This gives Fletcher a legitimate shot to be an All Star this season.
Last year, his numbers were worthy of a selection to the All Star Game. However, listing him at third base definitely hurt his chances. Second base is a much softer position for Fletcher to earn a spot on the AL roster. On top of that, the Angels *should* be winning a lot more in 2020, giving them and their players much more national attention.
If David Fletcher is hitting leadoff in front of Rendon, Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Justin Upton and Shohei Ohtani half of the time, his numbers are obviously going to look extremely good. The narrative of him being a crucial part to the Angels’ lineup will take off, and the votes will roll in.
And that narrative will be true. Fletcher is one of the best bat-to-ball hitters in all of baseball, and has a refined eye in the strike zone. He truly has the talents of an All Star player, and now cemented at second base, can end the black hole that’s been present there since Howie Kendrick‘s departure.
David Fletcher the Utility Player is dead. David Fletcher the All Star Second Baseman, has been born.