Ryan Fitzgerald Worcester Red Sox Shortstop/Utility

Age: 27
Born: June 17, 1994
Birthplace: Hinsdale, IL
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: Contract purchased from Gary of the American Association (May 2018)
College: Creighton
High School: Fenwick (IL)

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: May 8, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scout: David Scrivines
Signing Bonus: -
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
Pro Debut: June 6, 2018 (Greenville)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
Twitter: @RyRyThisGuy
Instagram: @RyRyThisGuy

  Scouting Report & Links      
  Physical Description: Lean, athletic frame without much projection. Looks the part of a middle infielder.

Hit: Starts slightly open with his hands up. Utilizes a short leg lift timing device. Keeps his hands inside the ball. Uppercut swing. Has some feel to hit. Knows the strike zone. Makes hard contact. Has a tendency to pull and will get shifted by some teams. Potential fringe-average hit tool.

Power: Average raw power. Swing has some loft and can drive the ball, especially to the pull side. Swing is more geared towards hard line drives, but has potential for fringe-average in-game power.

Run: Fringe-average speed.

Field: Potential average defender at short. Average range and soft hands. Smart, heads-up defender; gets himself in position to make plays. Capable defender at second base. Saw time in the outfield in the 2019 Fall Instructional League in order to increase his defensive versatility.
  Arm: Fringe-average arm. Can make the basic throws from short, but not a weapon. Would play better at second base and will probably play in left and center field, but would limit him from being able to play much third base or right field as he adapts to a utility role.

Career Notes:
Undrafted out of Creighton and signed out of independent ball, was reportedly a launch angle adjustment success story. Has been old for his level since signing as a result. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018 and 2019.

Summation: Projects as a reliable, steady organizational player who can stick around the high minors for a while. Ceiling of a bench player due to his defensive versatility if everything breaks right. No standout tools, but a smart player with good baseball sense who could make the most of his ability. Can field the position at shortstop, with the potential to add second base, left field, and center field to his resume if the organization wants to develop him as a utility player. Does not have much margin for error in his development given his age and will need to continue moving up the ladder steadily.

Scouting Report Update (4.24.20)
State of the System 2020: Noteworthy Extras (5.26.2020)
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2017 Gary AmAs Ind --- 23 84 289 39 69 12 6 7 20 114 23 64 8 2 0.239 0.301 0.394 0.695
  2018 Greenville SAL A Bos 24 80 318 44 87 9 3 8 38 126 29 70 5 3 0.274 0.337 0.396 0.733
  2019 Salem Car A+ Bos 25 127 461 63 125 25 7 3 65 173 51 107 11 10 0.271 0.345 0.375 0.721
  2020  Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 26 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
    2020 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2021 Portland DNE AA Bos 27     stats                            
  2021 Worcester TAE AAA Bos 27     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2017 American Association All-Star
2017 Arizona Winter League Defensive Player of the Year
2019 Carolina League All-Star
2019 Carolina League Season-End All-Star
2019 Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year
  2019 SoxProspects.com All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (July 5-11, 2021)

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