Los Angeles Angels
With season and scuffling, rookie
has been a pleasant surprise at third base.
Fletcher hit .281 in his first 57 at-bats and flashed a glove that turned in numerous solid, and critical, plays. A former sixthround pick, Fletcher was quickly winning over manager
Luis Valbuena David Fletcher Scioscia.
out for the
“I think that anytime a player plays well, obviously they’re gonna win more at-bats and more playing time,” Scioscia said. “He’s definitely doing that.”
While Fletcher has opened eyes, Scioscia warned against dismissing Valbuena. Scioscia noted that Valbuena got hot in the second half last year.
“We need him,” Scioscia said. “We need that power. We need that presence.”
❚ has proved to be among the fastest Angels, and Scioscia speculated that the part-time pitcher could steal 15-20 bases a season. Ohtani was perfect in his first two attempts, including one that helped beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 6. “It’s not always how many you’re stealing,” Scioscia said. “If you’re stealing them at the right time, you can influence the game.”