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2020 Review: OF Brian O’Grady

O’Grady comes to the Padres as a former 8th-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.

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Brian O’Grady was born in the Pennsylvania town of Warminster Township and played his prep ball at Archbishop Wood Catholic High School. For his college ball, he attended Rutgers University in nearby New York.

After his career as a Scarlet Knight came to a close, O’Grady was drafted in the eighth round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds where he spent the first seasons of his professional career.

His first year in minors was spent with the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League. That year he hit .257/.354/.449 with six home runs and 42 RBIs. The next two seasons were split between the Class A-Advanced Dayton Dragons and the Class A Daytona Tortugas. His 2017 was then split between Daytona and the Class AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

O’Grady then saw time with the Class AAA Louisville Bats, as well as Pensacola, hitting a combined .280/.358/.512 and an OPS of .870 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs.

He started with Louisville in 2019 but O’Grady finally got the call to the majors on August 8 against the Cubs. Following the season on November 27, he was traded to the Rays for cash considerations and a player to be named later. O’Grady’s first stint on the active roster came on August 29th but that only lasted until November 20 when he was placed back on assignment.

On December 8, he was signed by the Padres.

The former Ray can play all outfield positions on top of first base and will likely make the team as a bench player. He will turn 29 in May of 2021.

2020 particulars

Age: 28

Stats (w/ Rays): 1 game, two hits, two runs, .400/.400/.600, 1.000 OPS

Salary: $650,000

Game of the year

On August 30, 2020, O’Grady started in the outfield and recorded two hits, two runs, and one strikeout in five at-bats.