Accuracy and power are below expectations… What about Hanwha O’Grady?
Foreign batters, who should be the driving force of the other line, have become a ‘concern’. The Hanwha Eagles are breathing a sigh over the deep sluggishness of Brian O’Grady (31).
Ahead of the 2023 season, O’Gredi signed a contract with Hanwha for a total of $900,000 ($700,000 annual salary, $200,000 in incentives) and entered the KBO league.
Hanwha,안전놀이터 which recruited O’Grady at the end of last year, introduced a new foreign hitter as “a power hitter-type right-handed and left-handed outfielder who can expect more than 20 home runs.”
In the big leagues, he had a batting average of 0.184, 4 homers and 12 RBIs in 62 games, but in the minor leagues, he played 658 games and recorded a batting average of 0.256, 91 homers and 345 RBIs. Last year’s Nippon Professional Baseball also highly praised his slugging power with 15 home runs.
However, once the season starts, O’Grady’s presence is seldom found.
As of the 16th, O’Gredi’s batting average is only 0.122 (9 hits in 74 at-bats). He has appeared in 20 games and entered 80 plate appearances, but he has not yet been able to get his hitting feeling to the extent that he has not hit 10 hits.
No home runs yet.
Of the foreign batters in the 10 clubs, O’Grady is the only one who failed to report the beast-hanging gun. NC Dinos Jason Martin, who returned after a month or so after leaving due to an injury early last month, also tried his hand twice in 11 games this year.
Due to his deep sluggishness, he has already been to the 2nd team once, but he is yet to rebound.
O’Grady, who stayed in the Futures (2nd division) league until he returned on the 11th after being canceled on the 23rd of last month, did not show much during this period with a batting average of 0.179 (5 hits in 28 at-bats) and 1 RBI.
After returning to the first team, he is recording 1 hit in 11 at bats in 3 games. Even after hitting a double against SSG Landers on the 13th, the first game after returning, he fell silent again for two consecutive games. In the meantime, he singled out one walk and struck out five.
Hanwha coach Choi Won-ho, who watched O’Grady from the side when he led the Futures team, emphasized, “It has improved a lot compared to when I first came down to the 2nd team. But I have to get better.”
Hanwha is aiming for a rebound by even replacing the manager during the season. The performance, which was only 0.261 (6 wins, 1 draw, 17 losses) until April, has recently been on the rise, and has been writing an odds rate of 0.600 (6 wins, 1 draw, 4 losses) in May.
However, O’Grady, who has not been able to keep up with this trend, still leaves regret as his team’s biggest weakness.