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Ben Fritz, rhp-c

School: Fresno State U. Class: Jr.
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
B-T: R-R Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 220 Birthdate: 3/29/81
Previously Drafted: Not drafted.
Scouting Report: One of the top two-way players in the country, Fritz has attracted more attention throwing pitches than catching them. He has pitched on Fridays, played first base on Saturdays and caught on Sundays. His preference is to play everyday, and his arm strength and ability to frame pitches and move well as a catcher could convince some scouts. He has good power with natural loft to his swing, though he'll have to make adjustments to hide the holes in it. On the mound, Fritz uses a solid-average fastball with late life. He works at 89-91 and touches 93 mph as a starter. Some scouts compare him to another catcher-turned-pitcher, Troy Percival, and think he would benefit from shorter outings. He mixes in a decent changeup with sink and fading action, and a hard cutter.

2002 Statistics

W

L

ERA

G

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

9

5

3.24

16

0

119

99

36

98

AVG

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

.283

230

47

65

17

0

10

54

0

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