LA Angels: 3 overperforming position players in the first half
By Evan Desai
The LA Angels have had an up-and-down season so far in 2021.
They’ve been through a lot of injuries, and even had to ditch Mickey Callaway.
They still found a way to enter the weekend just one game under .500, at 40-41. Through the halfway point of the season, the Angels have had guys step up with Mike Trout hurt, as well as other adversity. There are three specific position players for the Angels who have outperformed expectations very much up through the first half.
No. 1 LA Angels position player who has overperformed in the first half: David Fletcher
David Fletcher is only being paid $2 million this year to have the fourth-highest batting average on the LA Angels. (All stats in this story are as of the 81 game halfway-point of the season.)
He batted .286 in the first half of the year. While Fletcher’s never been much of a power hitter, and still isn’t, he always hits for a decent average. He’s an underrated hitter in this league.
Fletcher’s batting average is tied for fourth (Jose Altuve) among AL second basemen. He’s absolutely one of the top five second basemen in the American League.
On top of that, Fletcher can play shortstop and he can play third base. That type of utility is always useful, and especially useful in a year where the Angels have had guys like Anthony Rendon go down with injuries.