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LA Angels 2021 spring training guide: best infield in the league?

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 01: Albert Pujols #5, Anthony Rendon #6 , Matt Thaiss #23 of the Los Angeles Angels, and David Fletcher #22 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrate defeating the Houston Astros 5-4 in the tenth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 01, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 01: Albert Pujols #5, Anthony Rendon #6 , Matt Thaiss #23 of the Los Angeles Angels, and David Fletcher #22 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrate defeating the Houston Astros 5-4 in the tenth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 01, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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David Fletcher, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

David Fletcher (Career Statistics)

  • 2018: 307 PA .275/.316/.363 1 HR 25 RBI
  • 2019: 653 PA .290/.350/.384 6 HR 49 RBI
  • 2020: 230 PA .319/.376/.425 3 HR 18 RBI

Sliding in as the starting second baseman will be everyone’s the swiss-army knife, David Fletcher. A throwback player in terms of his prototype, Fletcher has become a fan-favorite in Anaheim with his grit, scrappiness, and hustle.

Fletcher has continued to show his value by moving all around the field for the team. Whether replacing an injured Rendon at third, an injured Simmons at short, or filling in the outfield, Fletcher has moved all over and still provided a plus glove wherever he goes.

Maddon is likely hoping that Fletcher can stay at second for most of this year, which would entail the team having a good bill of health throughout the season. Fletcher has been nominated for a Gold Glove in the past, and if he remains at one spot through the duration of the season, he may just be able to pick up his first and show how he is one of the elite defenders in the game.

Angels: Can David Fletcher repeat the same success from last season?

While the versatility and glove are essential to the team, the bat at the leadoff position may be what is most important for the Angels moving forward. In a league where the ‘three true outcomes’ are king, Fletcher’s game entails more of getting a hit no matter what. Whether that is continuing to foul pitches off, swinging at the first pitch, or hitting a ball over his head, having a guy that can get on base in front of Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon provides immeasurable value for this team.

Fletcher has been a pleasant surprise over the past three years for the Angels, his offense has continued to improve over his career. What is most important is continuing his solid defense at second base while giving the big bats the opportunity to continue to drive in runs.

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