Halo HQ Top 10 Prospects: #7 David Fletcher

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Updated: February 5, 2017

At number seven on the Halo HQ top ten prospect list is David Eckstein reincarnated: infielder David Fletcher.

David Fletcher

Profile: 5’10”/175 lbs; Born 5/31/1994 (age 22); Orange, CA; Loyola Marymount University; Drafted 2015, 6th round, 195th pick; SS/2B; Bats Right/Throws Right

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Hitting: 50/65, Power: 35/40, Run: 50/55, Arm: 45/55, Fielding: 55/65, Overall: 50/65

Batting

Fletcher has hit at every level he has been at in the minors. Last season, he hit .280 between Inland Empire and Arkansas and hit .311 in 2015. There’s no doubt that Fletcher will hit at every level he is at. His swing is nice and smooth and he generates a lot of grounders through the holes and bloopers to all parts of the field. While he will hit for a fairly high average, he has almost no power. Last season, he hit four homers, but three came in the extremely hitter friendly California League. He never hit for power in college and he won’t hit for power in the future. His isolated slugging percentage last season in A+ ball was .071. He won’t hit many extra base hits in the gaps, but he will take the extra base whenever the defense is slacking. What he lacks in power, he makes up for in vision. Over the past two years, his OBP has never dropped below .320 at any level. In 2015, he had a .377 OBP between rookie and A ball. In the words of Billy Beane, “He can get on base.”

Running

David isn’t the fastest guy in the system (That title belongs to Nonie Williams) but he does have enough speed to swipe some bases. He’s stolen 33 over his first two seasons. What’s even more impressive is his success rate. He was only caught stealing eight times in his 41 attempts, good enough for a success rate of 80.5%. Fletcher is smart on the basepaths and will take that extra base if the defense ignores him. He won’t be a burner on the basepaths, but he’s fast enough to keep pitchers and the defense honest.

Fielding

Fletcher is sound with the glove, as he only made four errors in 65 games and 275 chances at short last season. He uses his plus speed to expand his range and make some nice plays. He just isn’t a very flashy shortstop. He will most likely be moved to second base as he climbs the ladder and he will be a plus defender at second. He spent some time playing second in A+ ball and had a fielding percentage of .986. No matter where he ends up, he will be a quality defender.

Overall/Projections

Fletcher definitely looks like he will be a starter in the big leagues. It’s just a matter of where he will play. None of his tools really stick out, but they all come together to form some nice talent. Fletcher has the potential to be a David Eckstein-esque player, as he will hit for average, get on base, steal some bases, and be a sound fielder. If he somehow regresses, he will be a slightly better version of Johnny Giavotella or Erick Aybar. Either way, the local kid has all the tools to be the Angels future starting second baseman or shortstop.

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