The 2020 MLB season is full of anomalies, from the truncated 60-game slate to the universal designated hitter to the expanded 16-team postseason format.   It has also featured scalding starts by multiple players…

The 2020 MLB season is full of anomalies, from the truncated 60-game slate to the universal designated hitter to the expanded 16-team postseason format. It has also featured scalding starts by multiple players…

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Entering play Saturday, David Fletcher leads qualified Los Angeles Angels hitters in batting average (.327) and slugging percentage (.509) and is tied for the club lead in on-base percentage (.409).
Yes, the Halos have played only 14 games. But considering Fletcher wears the same uniform as a guy named Mike Trout, that’s impressive.
A sixth-round pick by the Angels in 2015, Fletcher showed promise last season with a .290 average in 154 games, though his .384 slugging percentage suggested a hitter with limited power potential.
This season, six of Fletcher’s 18 hits have gone for extra bases, including four doubles and two home runs. With Andrelton Simmons sidelined by an ankle injury, he’s the everyday shortstop and is hitting leadoff for Los Angeles.
The 26-year-old might return to earth a bit. His .348 batting average on balls in play is more than 30 points higher than last season’s mark of .317.
But considering he’s also logged big league innings at second base, third base and both corner outfield spots, he could be a useful super-utility player for the Angels once Simmons returns and has teased the potential to be even more.
Verdict: The real deal

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