Los Angeles Angels infielder David Fletcher could help the Colorado Rockies
Los Angeles Angels infielder David Fletcher could help the Colorado Rockies, especially if he reverts to his 2020 ways at the plate.
In 2021, Fletcher, 27, played in 157 games for the Angels and he hit .262/.297/.324 with an OPS+ 71. For the Rockies, that OPS+ is comparable to Garrett Hampson, whose OPS+ in 2021 was also 71. But in 2020, Fletcher was much better, as he even got some MVP votes.
In 49 games, Fletcher hit .319/.376/.425 with an OPS+ of 120 and in 2019, Fletcher hit .290/.350/.384 with an OPS+ of 95. That OPS+ is not great but if he could have an on-base percentage of .350 or better, he would be a good leadoff man for the Colorado Rockies.
Also, the Colorado Rockies need an infielder with Trevor Story leaving and Fletcher could play one of a few infield positions.
Fletcher can play second base, third base, and shortstop as well as left field and right field. He has the least amount of experience in right field but for second, third, shortstop, and left field he has shown that he is a great defender at those positions.
He only played second base and shortstop in 2021 and he had 13 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS). In 2020, he had six DRS in the three infield positions, and in 2019, he had 11 DRS between the three infield positions and the outfield.
Fletcher is entering the second year of a team-friendly five-year deal plus two team options on the end so the Angels are unlikely to trade him because of that but with the on-base percentage in 2019 and 2020, he could be a good leadoff guy for the Rockies.