When the Southern California native was drafted in the sixth round out of Loyola Marymount University a year and nine months ago, David Fletcher could have never in his wildest dreams imagined that he’d advance to double-A so quickly in just his first full-season of minor league ball, much less have a golden opportunity to impress the Angels coaching staff.
Well, Fletcher, now 22, has done exactly that.
After performing above-average across rookie and A-ball in 2015, he performed decently in high-A last season, slashing .275/.321/.346 in 78 games. It was enough to earn him a promotion to double-A Arkansas, where he improved to post a .300/.325/.375 line, although in just 20 games. It is worth noting that Fletcher overcame a hand injury which took out his entire May and part of June, but hit .323 in the second half.
Fletcher can play shortstop or second base, and can likely handle third base in a pinch. This spring he has opened a lot of eyes, and he has gone from a future utilityman to something possibly more. We won’t see him in Anaheim in 2017 because, well, he’s only played 20 games at double-A and he hasn’t even played triple-A. Fletcher’s defense is up to major-league standards, but there’s no reason to hinder Fletcher’s offensive development by rushing him too quickly.
But, this is about his spring performance so let’s stick to it, shall we?