|San Diego Padres – No. 53|
|Born: March 29, 1981|
San Jose, California
Benjamin James Fritz (born March 29, 1981) is an American professional baseball coach and former pitcher. He is the Bullpen Coach for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Fritz attended Oak Grove High School in San Jose, California, and Fresno State, where he played college baseball for the Bulldogs. Fritz was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 1st round with the 30th overall selection, of the 2002 MLB draft.
Fritz played in the Oakland organization from 2002 through 2007. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2004. Fritz was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the minor league phase of the 2007 Rule 5 draft. After spending 2008 with Detroit, he played his final two seasons with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League.
He joined the San Diego Padres organization as a coach in 2015 for the AZL Padres. He served as the manager of the Tri-City Dust Devils in 2016 and 2017. Fritz served as rehabilitation coordinator for the Padres Arizona complex in 2018 and 2019.
Fritz was named the Padres bullpen coach following the 2019 season. When the Padres fired Larry Rothschild as their pitching coach in August 2021, they named Fritz the new pitching coach.