O’Grady provides power surge for Blue Wahoos

Brian O’Grady finished out his career at Rutgers as one of the top hitters in program history.

Yet, he wasn’t exactly known as a power hitter, blasting just five home runs over the course of his career with the Scarlet Knights.

In his four seasons as a pro, the storyline has been different. O’Grady is swinging his bat with authority and has hit 29 since being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the eighth round in 2014.

He has hit three home runs so far this season in Pensacola. In fact, the first Double-A hit of his career was a homer.

So what’s changed?

“In my defense in college, we played in a big park. And New Jersey isn’t too kind to hitters until later in the year,” O’Grady said. “I’ve always been strong, but as I’ve developed more as a hitter in pro ball, I’ve started to show more power.”

His towering blast over the party deck in right field in a game against Jacksonville last Monday night, a hit that put the exclamation point on a 3-1 victory for the Blue Wahoos, is a prime example.

Interestingly enough, it’s not as if he’s swinging to hit the ball into another zip code.

“For me, I’m trying to swing as effortless as I can,” O’Grady said. “If I swing strong, I know I’m in a little bit of trouble. When I come out loose, my hits look strong.”

Read the full article in the April 27 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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