Miami Marlins: Post Series Grades

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Lewis Brinson
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Lewis Brinson /
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MIAMI, FL – AUGUST 01: Chris O’Grady /

Chris O’Grady +.190

Chris O’Grady is what they call “rubber armed.” He appeared in each of Miami’s first three contests this season. In 2 1/3 innings, he’s allowed a hit and a walk, striking out three.

O’Grady has plated 23 of his 37 pitches so far this season. A 27-year-old lefty, he was a 10th round selection of the Anaheim Angels in 2012.

O’Grady spent five seasons working his way up through the Angels’ system, starting with the Orem Owls. He later played with the Burlington Bees, the Inland Empire 66ers, the Salt Lake Bees, and the Arkansas Travelers. Despite his travails, he never graduated to the major league level while with the organization.

The Angels released O’Grady in April of 2017, and the Marlins picked him up two weeks later. At the major league level, he went 2-1 with a 4.36 ERA. He started in six of his 13 appearances, and helped himself to a 1.545 WHIP and 30 whiffs in 33 innings in total.

O’Grady didn’t appear in the series finale, but he’s currently on pace to appear in 121 games this year. I don’t think he’s going to be able to keep that up.

The five players that precede this paragraph ranked highest in the WPA metric through the opening series. Jarlin Garcia (.766), Miguel Rojas (.362), Bryan Holaday (.311), Dillon Peters (.264), and O’Grady (.190) would be graded as the series “Heroes.”