Alex McGarry’s 2021 season got out to a torrid start and after just seven games in Daytona he was promoted to High-A Dayton where he played in 78 games. His time with the Dragons saw him struggle at the plate and hit just .230/.280/.367.

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In 2022 the Cincinnati Reds sent Alex McGarry back to Dayton and things went much better this time around. During April he played in 14 games and crushed six home runs while hitting .292/.340/.771.

He kept that going through the first three weeks of May, too. From the 1st through the 20th McGarry hit .382/.414/.836. That gave him an OPS of 1.184 on the season through 28 games. He had managed just six walks in that stretch to go along with 44 strikeouts, but he also had 23 extra-base hits and was just destroying any baseball he made contact with. McGarry didn’t play for four days following that stretch, and when he returned to the lineup on the 25th, he went into a bit of a slump for the next three weeks, hitting just .177 in 13 games.

Despite the slump he was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga on June 11th and he began hitting immediately. McGarry had a hit in 23 of his first 24 games with the Lookouts and crushed nine home runs as he posted a 1.036 OPS in that stretch. His bat would go cold over the next month, hitting just .175/.234/.388 from July 10th through August 13th. He would heat back up starting on the 14th and over the next two weeks hit .300 with six extra-base hits. That got him a promotion up to Triple-A where he joined Louisville. He would keep hitting for the first four games, going 4-12 with two doubles. But he would only play in three games after that, going 1-12 to close out his season.

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Alex McGarry Scouting Report

Position: 1B/ Outfield | B/T: L/L

Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 215 lbs | Acquired: Non-drafted FA, 2020

Born: May 11, 1998

Hitting | He has a below-average hit tool.

Power | He has above-average power.

Speed | He has average speed.

Defense | See below.

There’s one thing that Alex McGarry does that stands out – he hits homers. In just 449 plate appearances in 2022 he put up 27 home runs and added in 23 doubles and 6 triples. He can hit the ball out of the park the other way, but he’s a pull-heavy hitter and gets most of his power output to center and right field.

He’s got a below-average hit tool, and that is compounded by some pitch recognition issues. Those have led to few walks and plenty of strikeouts. That said, hie contact rate has improved – he struck out just over 34% of the time in his parts of two seasons with Daytona, but that rate dropped to 29% in Chattanooga  (walking at the same rate as he had previously). If he can improve his pitch recognition a little more and the results are that he walks a little more, or makes a little more contact, hit bat could get interesting rather quickly.

McGarry, as a left-handed hitter, hasn’t hit lefties as well as he has righties. That’s usually the case for lefties. His strikeout rate has been significantly higher against lefties, and he’s hit for far less power against them, too.

Defensively we’ve seen McGarry spend much of his time at first base in his career, but he’s had limited action in the outfield as a professional. In college he also saw time in the outfield at Oregon State, as well as his time playing summer ball. He’s likely limited to left field in the big leagues as an outfielder. At first base he’s a solid defender.

The power is going to be the selling card for McGarry. With small improvements at the plate he could be a viable big league platoon option where you get plenty of pop and enough of everything else to make it work.


Alex McGarry Spray Chart

Interesting Stat on Alex McGarry

When his team was trailing in the game he hit .286/.330/.696. 18 of his home runs came while his team was behind (179 plate appearances).

2 Responses

  1. MBS

    I’d love to see McGarry become the 1B, Marte 3B, and CES as the DH while covering corners on their off days. 2023 will be a lot more fun on this side of the world, the MLB Reds might be a bit too tough to watch. Hope springs eternal with the youth.

  2. MK

    McGarry’s four-day stretch of days off, as I learned later, was about an illness he suffered which is probably also why he was slow to rebound once he got back. The Dragons got off to a tremendous start and people point to de la Cruz as the reason and he was a big part, but anyone watching closely could see that Alex lead the way.