The 2017 season was one that Brian O’Grady would like to forget. Splitting his time between Advanced-A and Double-A he hit just .185/.313/.347 in 82 games played. It went about as poorly as possible. The Reds brought the 26-year-old back for 2018 and assigned him to Pensacola to begin the season.

The season began on April 8th with an 0-2 day at the plate with a walk. The next two games saw Brian O’Grady go 1-3 on each day with a walk, and he doubled in one of the games. He would slump the next week in limited action, though. He went 0-11 in four games played. The outfielder didn’t play over the next four days before returning to the lineup. That’s where things picked up as he hit .316 over his final six games with four home runs. The slow start hurt his average – he hit just .211 on the month. But he drew walks, leading to a .348 on-base percentage and he slugged .553 to give him a .900 OPS in 13 games played.

Brian O’Grady got the month of May started out the right way. In the first week he went 6-15 (.400) with five walks and just two strikeouts. That didn’t carry forward into the second week, though. Getting some action at first base now, he went just 1-17 (.059) with that hit being a double. While things picked up from there, the slump did continue the rest of the month as he hit just .250 with a walk and two doubles in the final nine games. May would be his lowest OPS month of the year, hitting just .234/.320/.328. He did walk nine times with just 11 strikeouts, and added six doubles during the month.

The first week of June was limited for Brian O’Grady. He didn’t play the first three days of the month, but made his game action count in the other four, posting an OPS of 1.156 over 14 plate appearances. That didn’t carry over to the next week as the outfielder went 3-20 (.150) with one extra-base hit. O’Grady caught fire in the final two weeks of the month, though. He went 11-21 (.524) with four walks, four strikeouts, and he slugged .952. Over 20 games on the month he hit .327/.422/.615. That came with nine walks and ten strikeouts, and eight extra-base hits.

July didn’t start out nearly as well as June ended for Brian O’Grady. In four games he hit just .182. He picked things up over the next five games, OPS’ing .973 for Pensacola. He was promoted to Triple-A for the final eleven days of the month. O’Grady bookened two cold stretched by going 5-11 through a 3-game stretch. July was his worst month of the season. He walked just three times and hit .236/.271/.382 in 19 games played.

When the calendar flipped to August, so did the production for Brian O’Grady. The outfielder went on an absolute tear in the first two weeks of the month for Louisville. In 13 games he hit .340 with three walks, three home runs, two doubles, and two triples. Things didn’t slow down from there, either. In the final three weeks of the season he went 21-66 (.318) with 10 more extra-base hits. Down the stretch he hit .327/.394/.619 in 128 plate appearances over 32 games with the Bats.

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Brian O’Grady Spray Chart

Brian O’Grady Scouting Report

Position: Outfield, First Base | B/T: L/R

Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 215 lbs | Drafted: 8th Round, 2014

Born: 5/17/1992 in Warminster, PA

Hitting | Brian O’Grady’s got a below-average hit tool. 2018 has been the only year in which he’s hit over .257 for a season in his career.

Power | He’s got average to slightly above-average power. He’s strong enough to hit the ball out to all parts of the field.

Speed | He’s a slightly above-average runner who moves better than his size would have you believe.

Defense | He’s a quality defender in the corners, and at first base. He’s stretched in center field.

Arm | He’s got an average arm.

After a terrible season in 2017, Brian O’Grady put together what was easily his best season in 2018. After beginning the year in Double-A and playing well, he went to Triple-A and performed even better.The improvements came from making more contact, particularly at the Double-A level, and taking a big step forward in his power.

There’s still some swing-and-miss to his game, but he has a good understanding of the strikezone. He’s also got some speed that he can use on the bases – at least for a corner guy. And that’s part of the appeal with Brian O’Grady. While he is mostly a corner guy – he could cover you in center field in an absolute pinch – his versatility and ability to play left, center, right, and first base could go a long way. Toss in the ability to be a pinch runner, quality plate approach or even pop off of the bench kind of pinch hitter, and he has the pieces that could make for a very useful bench player. Whether all of that can translate in a not-playing-every-day role is always a big question, but the parts are there to make it work for Brian O’Grady.

Longest Home Run of the Year

443 feet on August 8th.

Interesting Stat on Brian O’Grady

He hit seven home runs against pitchers that were older than he was (102 PA), and seven home runs against pitchers that were younger than he was (274 PA). But all six of his triples came against younger pitchers.

20 Responses

  1. Bill

    Nice write-up. Also, I really like the additional format changes you’ve added to the “scouting report” section.

    • Doug Gray

      I’ll be going back and adding that to past ones from this offseason later this week.

  2. Bill

    Sorry to see Derek Holland resign with the Giants. I think he would have been a nice piece to add to our bullpen for what he signed for.

  3. Big Ed

    Guys like O’Grady are the interesting guys for me, at least from a human angle. He will turn 27 in May, and is on the cusp of making the minors but will likely not get a real chance. He’s ridden the buses for 5 summers, after being an 8th round pick out of Rutgers, and has made some real sacrifices to get this close.

    He has a very low groundball rate, and strikes out a bit too much, but he’s always been able to get on base via the walk. I’m not sure how the chips would have to fall for him to get a shot, but I always root for guys like O’Grady. Even a month in the majors pays him $100k and gives him the right to say that he made it.

    • Doug Gray

      One day in the Majors gets you health insurance for life.

    • Greenfield Red

      That’s a nice observation Ed. It’s easy to see these guys as a bunch of names and numbers.

      In reality, they are all human beings with dreams… not that much different from you and me. They mostly have moms and dads who are pulling for them more than anything they have pulled for in their lives. Many have wives and children who are counting on them.

  4. doofus

    My oldest son played against O’Grady when they were youngsters 10-13 years old. O’Grady was the stud on the opposing team.

  5. Stock

    Because the Yankees signed LeMahieu, they released Tim Locastro. Most of his ML innings have been with the Dodgers. This would be a great pick-up in my opinion.

    • Bill

      I agree. He can play all over the field including CF and SS although most of his time is at 2B–don’t know, but that maybe a knock on his arm. He has been able to consistently get on base as a pro, runs well, and has a little pop. Looks like a great depth player. Probably an upgrade over Reyes or Bowman on the 40-man.

      • Bill

        … in a grand total of 12 at bats … just below a statistically significant sample size.

      • Stock

        I am with Bill. Ignore his .401 OBP in 471 plate appearances in AAA. Ignore his .333 OBP in the majors and focus instead on his 12 AB. For no financial risk I would love to have him in Goodyear this February

    • Norwood Nate

      I had a similar thought. If he could be a legitimate option to backup SS as well as other positions I’d like to see the Reds make a claim. I read he has two options left as well making it an even better fit.

  6. Redsvol

    Doug – Kluber for Senzel but via San Diego? We must be really giving up the farm for Kluber if they have to get a 3rd team involved.

    • Stock

      It sounds to me like the Indians want ML ready players (Senzel) but the Reds do not want to part with Senzel. Enter SD. SD has 6 ML ready OF. 2 CF, 2 RF and 2 LF. Realistically SD is a year or two from competing so they may be willing to take players not yet ready. I could see

      To Cincinnati: Kluber and Leonys Martin
      To SD: India, Santillan, Gutierrez and Mella
      To Cleveland: Long, Barnhart, Stephenson (or Reed), Myers, Reyes and Margot

      Cleveland gets additional salary relief. Cleveland plugs the holes in the OF. Cleveland plugs hole at Catcher. Cleveland now has a 2B ready to replace Kipnis.

      SD still has Cordero, Renfroe and Jankowski in their OF. Now they have a potential 3B coming up to join the rest of their stocked farm. Weakness of the farm is SP. Now they have Santillan and Gutierrez.

      If the Reds could pull off a Kluber trade without giving up Trammell then they should trade him to get Realmuto and be prepared to win the WS.

      • IndyRedsFan


        No offense, but I really hope the Reds DON”T make that trade…

        Kluber (for 3 years only) and Leonys Martin for…


        …seems like a hefty price to pay. I’d rather play this year with what I’ve got, and fill in the holes next year.

      • Norwood Nate

        I agree with Indy, that would be a bad trade for the Reds. That’s two of our top 5, 4 of our top 10, plus a starting caliber catcher on a team friendly deal. Plus Martin isn’t very good, and really hasn’t been and he’s in his last ARB year. I don’t see how he helps the Reds.

      • Cguy

        I’d be happy if they just signed Wade Miley (2 years @ $5MM each) & signed a backup ss. Locastro would be better than what we have now. Besides, 2 (Le)Castros are better than one.. Senzel, Trammel, Greene, Santillan, & India will probably all be worth more in trade in 6 months, plus having some money to spend later on could be advantageous.