Giving letter grades for LA Angels’ core position players in 2021–David Fletcher: B
David Fletcher had an up-and-down season for the LA Angels.
The first 106 games for Fletcher were really impressive. He hit .309 and scored 61 runs.
His final 51 games were atrocious, however. He hit .161 and scored just 13 runs. He got on-base just 20.9% of the time.
His final line was .262/.297/.324 (.622 OPS). That line is bad, and we need him getting on base way more than that if he’s not going to hit for any power.
That being said, he’s very good on defense, and he can play multiple positions in the infield dirt.
When evaluating Fletch, it’s important to look at where he places among other guys at his position. He’s eighth in batting average among AL second basemen with at least 121 games played.
So he’s right in the middle in terms of batting average, and very good as far as who he is as a defensive player.
We could be doing worse than Fletcher at second. His wRC+ is 70, showing how much better he can be.
However that defense is important, and we saw how good he can be in those first 106 games.