AARON FLETCHER, LEFT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: February 25, 1996
Height: 6′ 2″
Drafted: 14th Round, 431st Overall, 2018 (Nationals)
How Acquired: Waiver claim (from Mariners)
College: University of Houston
Agent: KVA Sports
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Fletcher was a reliever in college and has pitched solely in relief as a pro, except for his first season. He relies mainly on a sinker that can reach 96, but averaged 93.2 in his brief time in the majors in 2020 and 91.6 in 2021. The sinker is helped by a funky motion. Fletcher also throws a slider and a change that Baseball America describes as fringy and average, respectively. The Pirates claimed him off waivers from Seattle in mid-March 2022.
Fletcher pitched both in relief and as a starter in his debut. He had excellent walk and K rates, but gave up 30 hits in 29 innings in short season ball.
The Nationals moved Fletcher strictly to relief and he moved up quickly through their system. He dominated both class A levels and continued to post very good walk and K rates in AA. At the trade deadline, Washington sent him to Seattle in a deal for Hunter Strickland.
The Mariners sent Fletcher to their alternate training site for the pandemic season and called him for long enough to make six very rough appearances. BA ranked him 22nd in the Seattle system after the season.
Fletcher started the season with Seattle, but spent most of it in AAA. He did well without dominating in the heavy-hitting Pacific Coast League. In four early-season appearances with the Mariners, he again had a rough time.
The waiver wire has been the Pirates’ near-exclusive means of finding relievers under Ben Cherington. So far, not one of his claims has worked out.
|2022: Major league minimum
|Signing Bonus: $125,000
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut: 8/22/2020
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2028
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 8/21/2020
Options Remaining: 2 (USED: 2021)
MLB Service Time: 0.092
|June 6, 2018: Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 14th round, 431st overall pick; signed on June 11.
July 31, 2019: Traded by the Washington Nationals with Taylor Guilbeau and Elvis Alvarado to the Seattle Mariners for Hunter Strickland and Roenis Elias.
August 21, 2020: Contract purchased by the Seattle Mariners.
July 21, 2019: Called up by the Colorado Rockies.
March 13, 2022: Claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners by the Pittsburgh Pirates.