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)
ETA: Mid 2022

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: May 8, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scout: David Scrivines
Signing Bonus: -
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
Pro Debut: June 6, 2018 (Greenville)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): 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 leg lift timing device. Keeps his hands inside the ball. Uppercut swing. Doesn’t get cheated. Has bat speed and some feel for hit. Knows the strike zone. Makes hard contact. Has a tendency to pull and will get shifted by some teams. Has significant swing-and-miss in his game that will be tested by Triple-A and MLB pitching. Struggles against left-handed pitchers, especially with off-speed pitches. Potential below-average hit tool.

Power: Plus raw power. Swing has loft and can drive the ball, especially to the pull side. Swing is now geared towards making hard contact in the air. Has the potential for average in-game power.

Run: Fringe-average speed. Good instincts. Will take the extra base, but not a stolen base threat.

Field: Potential solid-average defender at short. Good range and soft hands. Smart, heads-up defender; gets himself in position to make plays. Comfortable throwing on the run and ranging to his right or left. Initial reads are a work in progress in the outfield, but once he locates the ball will usually make the play. Will not be a standout defender in the outfield, but should be a capable defender out there, as well as at second base and third base. Has also started playing some first base in 2022. Organization has developed him for a utility role from Double-A onward, but not because of any deficiency at shortstop.
  Arm: Solid-average arm. Can make the most of the throws from short. Arm is good enough to profile anywhere on the diamond with limited exposure. Quick release. Throws carry well.

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. Continues to approach hitting from a very analytical perspective. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018 and 2019. After mostly sticking to shortstop through 2019 save for a handful of games at second and third, the organization began introducing him to the outfield in Fall Instructs in 2019 to begin developing him for a utility role. Received a non-roster invitation to MLB spring training in 2022, where he hit 4 home runs in 11 games and put himself on many fans’ radars.

Potential up-and-down reserve utility player. Ceiling of a platoon bat who provides great defensive versatility. Smart player with good baseball sense who makes the most of his ability. No standout tools, but all five tools will show usable potential. Has some feel for hit and power, mainly against right-handed pitchers. Can field the position at shortstop with the versatility to also play anywhere on the diamond but catcher.

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    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 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Portland DNE AA Bos 27 95 321 46 87 30 3 13 49 162 33 68 4 4 0.271 0.351 0.505 0.855
  2021 Worcester TAE AAA Bos 27 13 42 9 11 2 1 3 9 24 4 13 0 1 0.262 0.340 0.571 0.912
    2022 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2022 Worcester --- --- Bos 28     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)
2021 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2022 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (April 2022)

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