On Tuesday evening, the Padres announced the signing of outfielder Bryan O’Grady to a major league contract.
The Pennsylvania native was originally drafted with the 245th pick in the eighth round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Rutgers University.
O’Grady spent the first five years of his professional career bouncing around the minors within the Reds organization. He started with the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League (a non-MLB affiliate) in 2014 and has slowly worked his way up to the Louisville Bats (AAA).
On August 5 of 2019, O’Grady was promoted to the major leagues before making his debut for the Reds against the Chicago Cubs just three days later. He was designated for assignment on November 25.
Today’s after being reassigned, he was traded to the Tampa Bay rays in exchange for cash considerations and a PTBNL. On August 29 of this past season, he was promoted once again before being sent back on November 20.
The #Padres have signed OF Brian O’Grady to a Major League contract. pic.twitter.com/9tWqHJevyL— San Diego Padres (@Padres) December 8, 2020
O'Grady plays all three outfield spots, plus first and third. Padres view him as a lefty bench bat with some power and plate discipline. (Can swipe a few bags, too.) Useful, piece considering they've traded Josh Naylor, Taylor Trammell and Franchy Cordero in the past six months. https://t.co/yu6efb5TM2— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) December 8, 2020