David Owen Fletcher...Originally signed by Angels scout Ben Diggins...He and wife Kierra were married Dec. 16, 2018...Teammates with Taylor Ward on Scottsdale Scorpions during 2016 Arizona Fall League...Grew up in Orange County, Calif....Favorite player was former Angels David Eckstein who also wore 22...Brother Dominic is an outfielder in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization...Played collegiately at Loyola Marymount University (CA) from 2014-15...Majored in psychology...Garnered first team All-WCC honors as freshman and sophomore...Earned Freshman All-American accolades from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association...Claimed WCC Defensive Player of the Year, first team All-WCC and WCC All-Freshman team honors in first season...2015 LMU Male Athlete of the Year...2013 graduate of Cypress High School (CA)...All-State and All-CIF his junior and senior seasons, including CIF Player of the Year as a senior...2013 Empire League Player of the Year...Team captain and led team to the 2013 CIF Championship at Dodger Stadium...Hit .437 with 38 runs scored and 23 stolen bases...Played in the Alaska League in 2013 where he was named a Gold Glove winner and best professional prospect.
Appeared in 61 games for the Angels during fifth big league season...Paced the Majors (min. 200 PA) with a 14.25 PA/K rate...Despite limited playing time, ranked seventh on the team in multi-hit games (15)...Split time defensively at second base (44 G) and shortstop (36 G), committing just one error in 243 chances...Posted four Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) at second and three at shortstop...Saw three stints on the disabled list with left hip injuries and a right hand contusion.
Prior to the season, signed a five-year extension with the Angels which includes two Club options for 2026 and 2027...In fourth Major League season, paced the team in hits (164) for the third straight season...Ranked second on the Club in average, runs scored, doubles, stolen bases, was tied for third in triples and third in RBI...Established a new career-high with 15 stolen bases...Was the first Angels second baseman with at least 15 steals in a season since Adam Kennedy in 2006...Was the hardest player in the American League (2nd in Majors) to strikeout, posting an 11.08 PA/K rate...Recorded a 26-game hit streak from June 13-July 18, the second-longest hit streak in franchise history (Garret Anderson, 28 games)...Tabbed as the American League Player of the Week for the period of July 5-11 after batting .593 (16/27) with two doubles, two HR and seven RBI...Also had an 0-for-32 skid from Sept. 20 through his first at-bat Oct. 2...Winner of the Cub’s “Heart and Hustle Award”...Also won in 2019 (no award was presented in 2020).
Completed third big league season with the Angels and led the Club in average, hits and doubles...The .319 average ranked third in the American League (10th in the Majors) while his 66 hits were good for fifth (T11th in the Majors)...Was the third-hardest player to strike out in the Junior Circuit (5th in Majors), registering a 9.20 PA/K rate and paced the Majors in with a 92% contact rate...Received a 10th place vote for American League MVP... Recognized by MLB, Aug. 17, for the “Play of the Week”...Was the first Halo infielder to win the honors since Albert Pujols in 2012... Logged career-best 16-game hit streak from July 31-Aug. 17...Saw action at four different positions: shortstop (27), second base (15), third base (8) and right field (1)...Ranked third on the Club in fWAR (1.6), trailing Rendon and Trout.
In second big league season and first full, led Angels in games (154), hits (173) and doubles (30) and ranked second in average (.290) behind only Mike Trout (.291)...Last Halo with more hits in a single season was Howie Kendrick (181) in 2014...Was the first Halo third baseman with 30 doubles in a season since Chone Figgins (30 2B's) in 2009 (min. 50% of games at third)...Appeared defensively at five different positions: third base (90), shortstop (39), second base (42), left field (21) and right field (2)…Prior to 2019, had never started a game in the outfield at any of the following levels: high school, college, minor leagues, Major Leagues...Named a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award at third base (award won by Oakland's Matt Chapman)...His six errors at third were tied for the second-fewest in the American League (min. 600 innings) while his .970 fielding percentage ranked fourth...Combined to post an American League-leading.982 fielding percentage at all five positions (min. 1300 innings)...Was the second-hardest player to strikeout in the Majors (10.20 PA/K)...88 first-half hits were the most by a Halo in their sophomore season since Mike Trout in 2012 (88).
After beginning the year with Triple-A Salt Lake, made Major League debut with the Angels June 13th vs. Seattle (3/4, 3B, 2 RBI)... From debut to his final game of season on Sept. 16th, ranked in the Top 5 by A.L. rookies in several categories including, average (.275, 3rd), hits (78, 2nd), doubles (18, 3rd), runs (35, T4th) and OBP (.316, 4th)... Left game Sept. 16th in the 1st inning with a left hamstring strain... Defensively, appeared in 43 games at second base, 33 at third base, seven at shortstop and four in right field... In 58 games in Triple-A, hit .350 (89/254) with 25 doubles, five triples, six home runs, 35 RBI and 55 runs scored...Was leading PCL in hits, doubles, extra-base hits and runs at the time of promotion.
2017 marked third professional campaign with Angels...Split season between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Salt Lake...Combined to hit .266 (119/448) with 59 runs, 20 doubles, two triples, three HR, 39 RBI and 20 stolen bases on 111 games...Committed just four errors in 454 total chances at 2B & SS between the two clubs (.991 fielding pct.)...Named Angels Organizational Defensive Player of the Month for May & June ... Posted 33 multi-hit games in 2017, including nine three-hit efforts and a four-hit game...His 20 stolen bases established a career best.
Spent majority of 2016 season with Single-A Inland Empire...On Temporarily Inactive List (wrist injury) May 2-June 11...Had a 22-game hitting streak (July 6-29), best in the Angels farm system for 2016 ... Promoted to Double-A Arkansas Aug. 16, 2016 and hit .300 (24/80) in 20 games with Travs...Committed just six errors in 422 total chances at 2B & SS (.986 pct.) ... Teammates with LAA prospect C Taylor Ward on Scott sdale Scorpions during 2016 Arizona Fall League ... Ranked on Angels Top-10 prospect list for 2016 by Baseball America (#9).
In first professional season in 2015, hit .331 with a .391 on-base percentage in 37 games for short-season Class-A Orem...Promoted to Single-A Burlington and hit .283 with a .358 OBP in 32 contests...Stole 17 of 22 bases in 2015.