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Woodbury's Ryan Fritze signs with Arizona Diamondbacks

Former Woodbury pitcher Ryan Fritze had his contract with the Sioux Falls Canaries purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, March 11. Fritze will play in the remainder of Spring Training games with the Diamondbacks. Photo by Ry Tupper Photography

Former Woodbury baseball player Ryan Fritze will be heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks as his contract with the Sioux Falls Canaries was purchased by the Diamondbacks on Monday, March 11.

Fritze announced his signing on Twitter at 5 p.m. on Monday as he said, "I am excited to announce that I have officially signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am in Scottsdale, AZ for the remainder of Spring Training and can't wait! Thank you everyone for all the support it means a lot!"

The 24-year-old pitcher had a strong 2018 season as he went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA. He gave up 21 runs with 17 of them being earned runs along with striking out 60 batters and walking 25 in 50 innings of work.

After graduating from Woodbury High School in 2012, Fritze played at Des Moines Area Community College in Boone, Iowa. He went to Valparaiso University after his career with Des Moines and played there for the remainder of his college career.

After college, Fritze went to play for the Gary SouthShore RailCats in Gary, Indiana for a year. He went 5-1 in his first season with an independent baseball team and decided to come closer to home and signed with the Sioux Falls Canaries for the 2018 season.

Fritze will play in the rest of Spring Training with the Diamondbacks.

The Woodbury HS Royals Baseball Twitter account acknowledged the signing with a post that said, "Congrats @FritzeRyan now becomes the @WHSBaseballMN first ever MLB affiliated professional player. More to follow. Super excited for ya Fritz! Can't wait to track your summer. Keep working hard. #HardWorkPaysOff #RoyalPride #Family"

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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