Brian O’Grady continued his impressive 2018 season on Thursday night. Promoted to Triple-A a little more than a month ago, he went 3-3 with a double, was hit by a pitch, stole a base, scored a run, and he drove in a run for the Louisville Bats last night. Since his arrival he’s hit .318/.356/.565 against International League pitching.
The double, as you can see above, missed being a home run by a matter of inches to left field. In 2015 Brian O’Grady posted an .835 OPS with the Dayton Dragons in the first half. That got him promoted to Daytona where his production dropped off in the second half. Until this season that was the best stretch he had as a pro. In Pensacola this season he hit .258/.354/.472 in the first half, getting a promotion in the second half to Louisville. Between the two stops he’s now hitting .278/.354/.502 with 31 walks, 62 strikeouts, and 33 extra-base hits.
Josiah Gray keeps pitching well
Last night in the first game of a double header for Greeneville, Josiah Gray was once again on top of his game. The Reds competitive balance 2nd round pick allowed just one run on one hit and a walk in 5.0 innings. He also struck out five batters. The Reds picked up the win, and followed it up with a win in the second game to complete the sweep.
For Josiah Gray that dropped his ERA to 2.66 on the season. The 20-year-old right hander has thrown 44.0 innings for Greeneville this season. He’s given up just 25 hits and he’s walked 13 batters – giving him a WHIP of 0.86 on the season. He’s also struck out 48 batters this year and held hitters to a .158 average on the year.
It was another strong day at the plate for 18-year-old Claudio Finol. The Greeneville infielder started both ends of the double header. He went 1-3 with a walk in the first game, and racked up two hits in four at-bats in the second game. That puts the season line for the Venezuelan native at .313/.357/.351 on the year. In 16 games during August he’s hitting an impressive .365 with four walks and eight strikeouts in 16 games.