Brian O’Grady has been added to the Arizona Fall League by the Cincinnati Reds. Much like I wrote yesterday about Nick Routt being added, I simply missed this one when it happened last week (and again yesterday – since I wasn’t looking at the entire roster and was only looking at the pitchers where the Reds had two spots to fill).

The Reds may have filled their roster requirements by sending Brian O’Grady to fill out the Peoria Javelinas roster. The outfielder spent the entire 2016 season with the Daytona Tortugas where he hit .235/.363/.394 with 67 walks, 96 strikeouts and 16 stolen bases in 20 attempts. His batting average wasn’t much to write home about, but everything else that he did was quite strong.

2016 was an up-and-down year for the former Rutgers standout. In April he would post a .765 OPS over 74 plate appearances, but wasn’t able to keep that going in May. Over 22 games and 80 plate appearances in the next month he hit just .113/.282/.242, though hie 15 walks to 22 strikeouts was strong, the strikeout rate was high and he couldn’t buy a hit.

June may have represented the best month he’s had as a professional. In the 19 games played he went out and hit .385/.475/.677. That came along with 10 extra-base hits, 17 runs batted in, 12 walks and 12 strikeouts in 80 plate appearances. To say that he was on a roll would be an understatement. That carried forward into the first week of July where he hit .500, but then he went into a deep slump over the next three weeks, going just 6-49 (.122) before going 5-13 in the final four games of the month.

August and one game in September saw some of the struggles continue, hitting just .209 with a .657 OPS and his worst strikeout-to-walk ratio of the year for a given month (12 walks and 26 strikeouts – which is actually a fine rate, but was easily his worst).

The Florida State League average OPS was just .677, and he had three months above that (April, June and July). May was substantially lower than that (.524) and August/September was a tad below-average.

Brian O’Grady’s got an interesting set of skills. There’s a little bit of pop in his bat, he’s got some speed to work with and his plate approach for his career has been very strong – always posting a strong strikeout-to-walk ratio. Where he’s struggled though is to hit for an average – he’s hit .257, .249 and .235 in his three years as a professional since being drafted in 2014.

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