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Brian O’Grady joined the Dayton Dragons at the start of the season, but the first week could have gone better for the outfielder. He would start out by going 2-22 (.091) with a triple and four walks. The next week improved, but was still a bit of a struggle for O’Grady as he went 4-20 (.200) with five more walks. Over the final eight games of the month he would continue to struggle, going 5-25 (.200), but walked 10 times and stole four bases. For the month he struggled to find hits, thanks in part to a .224 batting average on balls in play. He would hit .172, but post a .349 on-base percentage thanks to 18 walks on the month. The outfielder also stole eight bases in as many attempts.
After a struggle through April, O’Grady went 4-5 on the first day of May. The first week was very strong, hitting .391 with two triples, six walks and five more stolen bases. Things slowed down for the outfielder in the second week, going 6-24 (.250) with a double and a home run and had hits in all six games, extending a hitting streak to eight games. In the third week he turned things up a notch, going 8-22 (.364) with three doubles and a triple while extending his hit streak to 14 games. With hits in the next two games he would make it to 16 games with his hit streak, but it came to an end after that and he would go into a slump over the final nine games, going 5-29 (.172). On the month the former Rutgers star would hit .286/.403/.439 with 19 walks and 23 strikeouts in 28 games to go with eight more steals to push his season total to 16.
The slump that ended May carried into the first two games of June, but the next four games saw things pick up for O’Grady who went 6-17 (.353) with four extra-base hits. Things got even better in the second week for the outfielder, who hit .421 and slugged .842 thanks to two doubles and two home runs. The hot-hitting kept coming in the third week as he would extend his hitting streak to 12 games by going 11-29 with five extra-base hits, including a 2-home run game on the 20th. Things slowed down in the final week of the season, but also saw a promotion to Advanced-A Daytona to play for the Tortugas over the final two days of the month. For the month, O’Grady hit .320/.382/.619 with nine walks and 18 strikeouts in 110 plate appearances.
Now in Daytona, the month of July began slowly for Brian O’Grady, hitting just .208 in the first week with just one walk and 10 strikeouts. The slump continued into the second week, as hit hitless-game streak reached six before going 1-4 with a solo home run on July 13th. Over the third week he would only get a single in four games as the struggles continued in his adjustment to the Florida State League. Over the final five games of the month he would go 3-17, finishing the month by hitting just .149/.230/.194. Like April, he had some problems with his BABIP, posting a .205 mark for the month.
The slump carried into August as the outfielder went 0-15 with five walks over the first two weeks. Things turned around over the final two-and-a-half weeks of the month as he would run off a 10-game hitting streak the rest of the month, hitting .462/.571/.769 with two doubles, two home runs and twice as many walks as strikeouts. He would extend that hitting streak to 11 games on September 1st with a 2-4 effort that included a home run, but over the final five games he would go 3-18. In the final five weeks of the season he would post a .279/.397/.460 line with 12 walks and 17 strikeouts in 78 plate appearances.
Brian O’Grady Scouting Report
Hitting | He’s got a below-average hit tool that could play up slightly because he’s got speed to beat out a few additional infield hits. He’s a heavy pull hitter that could counteract some of that speed.
Power | He’s got fringe-average power potential, though it’s all to the pull side, which you can see in his spray chart below as he had five extra-base hits to the opposite field or center in 2015.
Running | O’Grady has above-average speed.
Throwing | He has an average arm that could be stretched in right field some, but plays just fine in center or in left.
Defense | While he’s spent plenty of time in center, he’s better suited for the corners where his range is above-average. In center he’s more of a 4th outfielder kind of defender who can cover the spot if you need it, but probably not a guy you would like there every day at the highest level.
Brian O’Grady had an inconsistent 2015 season, going through very hot and very cold streaks. When he was hot, he was able to carry the team he was on, but he was also prone to long ice-cold streaks as well that lasted weeks at a time. Finding some consistency would go a long way to helping his game. At the plate he has a good understanding of the strikezone and is a patient hitter who will wait for his pitch. All of his power is to the pull side, and he’s a pull oriented hitter who opens up his hips a bit too often which could leave him with problems against more advanced pitchers who could exploit the outer third of the zone in the future. Defensively he can handle all three spots, but his fit is better in the corners, and when coupled with his bat, gives him more of a 4th or 5th outfielder profile.