Two seasons ago Brian O’Grady hit .185. And that came when he was a 25-year-old. That could be the end of the line for some players in professional baseball. But the Reds didn’t give up on O’Grady. And the former Rutgers Scarlet Knight didn’t give up on himself, either. He put in the work that offseason and rebounded in a big way in 2018, hitting .280/.358/.512 between Double-A and Triple-A. He set a career high with 21 doubles and 14 home runs, and tied a career high with 6 triples.
He’s carried that forward into 2019 and then some. On Saturday night he went out and hit two home runs and drove in eight runs for the Louisville Bats. That gave him an organizational best 24 home runs on the season. It was Brian O’Grady’s FIFTH 2-home run game of the season. Sort of. Technically it was his SIXTH – I was only counting games in which he hit ONLY two homers. On May 19th he hit three.
It’s just been a season where Brian O’Grady has racked up extra-base hit after extra-base hit. The left-handed hitter now has 20 doubles, a triple, and he’s hit 24 home runs. That’s helped give him a line of .295/.365/.601 on the year for Louisville. And just for good measure, O’Grady has also stolen 12 bases on the season.
It hasn’t just been Brian O’Grady who has been killing the ball for Louisville this season. Aristides Aquino has also been crushing home runs at a high rate, and he joined O’Grady in rounding the bases on Saturday night.
The home run for Aristides Aquino was his 21st of the year, and his 3rd in the last eight games for Louisville. He has spent some time on the injured list this season, missing nearly a month and has played in just 62 games. Despite the missed time, he’s racked up 34 extra-base hits. That’s helped him post a .299/.358/.628 line on the year for the Bats.
To continue on the “players who are destroying the ball in Louisville” theme, I present to you Josh VanMeter. Last night he went 3-4 with a walk and a triple. That raised his line in 46 games this season with the Bats to .358/.438/.688.
Cameron Warren out to a quick start as a pro
After playing for Texas Tech in the College World Series, Cameron Warren signed a pro contract with the Reds on June 28th. The 24-year-old was assigned to the Greeneville Reds a week later. He has played in six games and he’s reached base twice in all of them but one. Warren went 2-5 last night, raising his season line to .435/.519/.522 with four walks, three steals, and seven runs batted in for Greeneville.