Ryan Fitzgerald Worcester Red Sox Shortstop/Utility

Age: 28
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 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
Pro Debut: June 6, 2018 (Greenville)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract
Twitter: @RyRyThisGuy
Instagram: @RyRyThisGuy

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  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. Does not 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 predictably has been tested by Triple-A pitching, and would be even moreso by MLB pitching. Struggles against left-handed pitchers, especially with off-speed pitches. Potential below-average hit tool.

Power: Above-average 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 fringe-average defender at short, but at this point has been developed as a true utility defender, starting at least 8 games in 2022 at every position but center field, catcher, and pitcher. Can be slotted into the lineup at whatever position is available based on the other eight starters. Average 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 in the infield. The organization has developed him for a utility role from Double-A onward to give him the best chance at fitting on an MLB roster, not necessarily because of a 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. Has been old for his level since signing as a result. Was reportedly a launch angle adjustment success story and 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 four home runs in 11 games and put himself on many fans’ radars, but was returned to minor league camp early enough to signal that he was not seriously considered for an opening day roster spot. Collaborated with the Worcester Red Sox on a line of “Fitzy” merchandise in 2022.

Summation: Potential organizational utility player. Ceiling of an emergency utility player. 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.

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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 Drive 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 Red Sox 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 Sea Dogs 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 Red Sox 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 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 28 127 452 55 99 26 4 16 72 181 49 135 6 5 0.219 0.309 0.400 0.710
2022 Worcester Red Sox --- --- Bos 29     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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