SF Giants Next 10 Prospect Rankings
37. Tyler Fitzgerald
Highest Level: Class-A (Augusta)
Acquired: Draft (2019)
Future-Value Grade: 35
Tyler Fitzgerald doesn’t have any standout tool but consistently grades with 45s/50s across the board. He took a big step forward with the bat in his final year in college at Louisville and it will be interesting to see if the Giants explore a swing change to tap into more of his power.
Last year’s 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 the depth. His defense is solid, but not spectacular. Every defensive tool at short is probably closer to fringe than it is to above-average, but all of it put together seems to be a viable option.
At the plate, Fitzgerald has a contact-oriented approach, striking out in less than 16 percent of his plate appearances as a sophomore and junior. He did begin tapping into some potential 45-50 grade power more during his junior year. After posting a middling .264/.344/.378 line as a sophomore, Fitzgerald took a step forward at the Cape Cod League and carried his success into this spring.
Glowenke offers more upside with his bat, but Fitzgerald has a much better chance to stick at shortstop and fallback on a versatile utility infielder role if necesarry. However, losing the first full-season opportunity of his career obviously didn’t help his stock.