I get that Fletcher was the Royals‘ priority player heading into the AFL season, meaning he would get PLENTY of playing time. However, his numbers suggest he should have been left off the roster of prospects. (That statement was hard for me to type considering I am a fan of Fletcher’s, but it is the truth.)
As a member of the Surprise Saguaros in the West Division, he has played in 13 of the team’s 19 games, mainly in left field. The team is tied for first place, but Fletcher has not exactly helped the team on offense.
Fletcher is hitting a whopping .158 with just one homerun and five RBIs. The upside is that three of his seven hits have gone for extra bases (including two doubles).
The glaring negative is the strikeouts: he has 20 of them. That means, he has struck out in almost half of his at-bats (he has 44 at-bats). The upside is that he has walked 12 times.
Hopefully, Fletcher can have a nice game on national television and restore my faith in him that he can be successful at the plate.