PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 6, 2014) – Rutgers senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the eighth round (245th overall) of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft Friday. He is ranked third in RU baseball history with 771 career at bats, seventh with 227 hits, ninth with 105 walks and tied for 10th with 46 doubles and 10 triples.
O’Grady becomes the seventh RU player picked up by the Reds on record, including their current starting third baseman Todd Frazier.
“It was an unbelievable feeling when I got the call today,” O’Grady said. “This was my goal and it validates all the hard work put in over the years. It will be an honor to represent Rutgers at the next level, as the program made me into the player I am today. I would like to thank all of my coaches and teammates for all of their support and guidance.”
“I am very happy for Brian,” head coach Joe Litterio said. “He has worked very hard for this opportunity and I would like to thank him for his contributions to the program over his four years. We wish him the best of luck going forward.”
A third-team all-conference pick as a senior, he led or tied the team lead with 67 hits, five home runs, five triples, 104 total bases, 20 multiple-hit games and a .510 slugging percentage. O’Grady hit .328 for the season with an on-base percentage of .402, also recording 40 runs and 13 stolen bases. He hit a memorable walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th inning against Temple to end a four hour and 10 minute game at Bainton Field.
A versatile player, O’Grady played primarily in centerfield his first three seasons before transitioning to first base this past season. He played to a .988 fielding percentage in the infield.
O’Grady started all 58 games in centerfield as a junior and made the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team after hitting .500 with three doubles to help RU reach the semifinals. He collected 69 hits as a sophomore to earn third-team all-conference.
O’Grady becomes the first Scarlet Knight to be selected in the MLB Draft since Patrick Kivlehan was picked in the fourth round in 2012. David DeJesus (Tampa Bay Rays) and Frazier currently represent Rutgers baseball in the major leagues. On record, the program now has had 83 players drafted or signed by a professional team in its history.