Saturday, July 21, 2012
Underrated Season: Scott Fletcher 1993
A lot of people are saying "what the hell?" right now. It's true though when you look at WAR numbers, Scott Fletcher had a surprisingly good season in 1993. His WAR was 4.6 that season. About half of that is due to his defensive value which was probably his biggest asset at that point in his career. He was the second most valuable position player on the team in 1993 when looking at WAR. Only John Valentin was more valuable. Fletcher was in the top five that year in fielding percentage, total zone runs, and range factor.
Beyond his defense, Fletcher was a decent offensive second-baseman. He hit .285/.341/.402 with five home runs, 45 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases. Decent numbers, especially for a middle infielder at the time. He also scored 81 runs, was caught stealing only three times and struck out only 35 times, compared to 37 walks.
Fletcher was not a big-name player. He was a complementary part, but he was a particularly valuable one for the Red Sox in 1993.