25. SS Tyler Fitzgerald
Current Level: Arizona Rookie League
Acquired: Draft (2019, 4th Round)
Future Value: 35+
Fitzgerald doesn’t have any standout tool but consistently receives 45s and 50s across the board. He took a big step forward with the bat this spring and it will be interesting to see if the San Francisco Giants explore a swing change to tap into more of his raw power.
The 2019 draft class was stacked at the shortstop position both at the college and high school levels and Fitzgerald was probably an earlier round talent that fell because of that depth. His defense is solid across the board at short, albeit without a plus arm or plus range. His strong instincts will be the key to sticking at the position.
Fitzgerald has a contact-oriented approach, striking out in less than 16 percent of his plate appearances as a sophomore and junior. He began driving the ball more his junior year. After posting a middling .264/.344/.378 line as a sophomore, Fitzgerald took a step forward in the Cape Cod League and carried his success into his junior season.
Even if Fitzgerald fails to become an everyday player, his profile gives him a high floor as a utility player. Barring some unforeseen development, expect Fitzgerald to begin 2020 at High-A.