Anthony Rizzo was promoted to the minor leagues in 2010 and made his major league debut the following year.
Rizzo batted .468 as a senior in high school. The Boston Red Sox selected him in the sixth round of the 2007 amateur draft; the scout was Laz Gutierrez.
In six games for the GCL Red Sox that year, he went 6 for 21 with a home run, a walk, and six runs. In 21 games in 2008, the Florida native hit .373/.402/.446 before being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and missed the remainder of the season.
Rizzo batted .298/.365/.494 in 64 games for the Greenville Drive and.255/.371/.420 in 55 games for the Salem Red Sox after regaining his health in 2009.
He had 37 doubles during the year. He had the best OBP (.368) among Red Sox farmhands, and Carolina League managers rated him the top defensive first baseman in the league.
Between Danny Duffy and Chase d’Arnaud, he is Baseball America’s #12 prospect in the Carolina League.
Rizzo hit 42 doubles and 25 home runs in 107 games with the Salem Red Wings (.248/.333/.479 in 29 games) and the Portland Sea Dogs (.263/.334/.481 in 107 games), driving in 100 runs and scoring 92.
He had the most doubles, home runs, and total bases among Red Sox farmhands (255). He was later traded to the San Diego Padres for star slugger Adrian Gonzalez, along with past first-round picks Reymond Fuentes and Casey Kelly.
How Old Is Anthony Rizzo?
Anthony Rizzo is 32 years old. He was born on August 8, 1989.