Chris O'Grady

Position: LHP
Born: 04/17/90
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 225
B/T: R/L
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent on May 6, 2017(MIA). Originally drafted in the 10th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAA).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
3-5 with a 3.29 ERA in 54.2 innings for Triple-A New Orleans. He had 54 strikeouts and had walked only 15 batters

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from New Orleans when the Marlins placed Edinson Volquez on the 10-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 07/08/17

Debut Details
July 8, in a 5-4 Marlins' win over the San Francisco Giants. O'Grady got the start on the road in San Francisco. He allowed three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings, throwing 81 pitches, 48 for strikes. Staked to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, O'Grady walked Denard Span on five pitches to start the first inning. He retired Joe Panik on a lineout to record the first out of his career, but found himself in trouble when he walked Hunter Pence on four pitches. Facing Buster Posey with two men on and one out, O'Grady struck out the former NL MVP on three pitches. O'Grady then retired Brandon Belt on a pop-out to end the first inning. O'Grady cruised through the second and third innings but ran into a little trouble in the fourth when he allowed a one-out double to Belt and then gave up the first run of his career on a two-out single by Brandon Crawford. He then worked a 1-2-3 fifth and retired Pence to start the sixth before allowing back-to-back doubles to Posey and Belt. O'Grady was then lifted in favor of Drew Steckenrider. Belt would eventually come around to score, closing out O'Grady's line. O'Grady earned the win.

Player Notes
O'Grady was a 10th-round selection of the Los Angeles Angels out of George Mason in 2012. He spent most of his first four seasons as a reliever. After the 2014 season, O'Grady pitched in the Arizona Fall League, where he posted a 1.42 ERA in 12 2/3 innings. In 2015, he spent most of the season with Double-A Arkansas, but did get a brief taste of Triple-A with seven mid-season appearances with Salt Lake. That offseason, O'Grady was selected in the MLB Rule 5 Draft by the Cincinnati Reds but he didn't make the Reds' 25-man roster out of spring training and he was returned to the Angels. O'Grady missed time early in 2016 with a hip injury. Once healthy, he split the 2016 season between Double-A and Triple-A in the Angels' system. O'Grady started 10 games between the two levels, the most starts in one season in his pro career up to that point. O'Grady's 2017 season got off to a rough start when he was released by the Angels on minor league Opening Day. He signed a minor league deal with the Marlins on May 6 and he was assigned to Triple-A New Orleans. He pitched well for the Zephyrs in mostly a starting role, positioning himself for a call-up when injury opened up a spot in the Marlins' rotation.