Ryan Fitzgerald Portland Sea Dogs 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 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. Some swing and miss, but should be able to keep it at a manageable level. Potential 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. Good instincts, will take the extra base.

Field: Potential above-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. Capable defender at second base, third base and center field. Organization has moved him around the field to increase his defensive versatility for a potential utility role, not because of any deficiency at short.
  Arm: Above-average arm. Can make the most of the throws from short. Arm is good enough to profile anywhere on the diamond. 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. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018 and 2019.

Summation: Potential up-and-down major league depth player. Ceiling of a utility player. A smart player with good baseball sense who makes the most of his ability. No standout tools, but all five tools will show fringe-average to above-average potential. Has some feel for hit and sneaky power. Can field the position at shortstop, with the versatility to also play second base, third base, and center field for now—and potentially outfield corners in the future—as the organization develops him as a utility player.

Links
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)
2021 SoxProspects.com All-Star
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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