Reds sign reliever Matt Ogrodnik
Matt Ogrodnik wasn't a draft pick so I didn't think I should post it in the Reds draft pick thread.
Two Nittany Lions agree to contracts
From CDT staff reports
Two more Penn State players have agreed to professional contracts including one who was expected to play a major part in the program's 2008 plans.
Pitcher/shortstop Scott Gaffney and reliever Matt Ogrodnik have agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds selected Gaffney in the 12th round of last week's Major League Baseball Draft while the organization signed Ogrodnik as a non-drafted free agent.
Gaffney's signing means he will bypass his final year of eligibility with the Nittany Lions. Gaffney spent two years as the starting shortstop and hit .265 with five homers and 18 RBIs this past season but he attracted interest from scouts as a pitcher. Gaffney went 2-3 with a 3.76 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 402/3 innings during his junior season.
Ogrodnik, a left-hander, set the single-season school record for appearances as a junior and senior. He went 4-3 with a 2.30 ERA in 28 appearances this past season. He allowed just 23 earned runs in 89 career innings.
Gaffney and Ogrodnik will likely begin their careers with the Reds' rookie affiliate in Billings, Mont.
The list of potential State College Spikes continued to grow Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates signed six more draft picks. The group included fourth-rounder Quincy Latimore of Middle Creek (N.C.) High School and outfielder Keamon Simon, a 25th-round draft pick who helped Oklahoma State advance to an NCAA Super Regional.
The Pirates also signed Oklahoma City Community College shortstop Robert Spain (19th round), Northwestern second baseman Caleb Fields (33rd), Palatine (Ill.) High School catcher Andrew Biela (13th) and Pearl River (N.Y.) High School pitcher Sean Giblin (10th)
The Pirates have signed 19 players selected in the draft. The players are currently participating in a rookie minicamp in Bradenton, Fla. The Pirates signed Penn State infielder Matt Cavagnaro and pitcher Gary Amato earlier this week.
*edit* Does anyone have a scouting report on him?
Re: Reds sign reliever Matt Ogrodnik
Appeared in three games for the Winchester Royals of the Valley League....Pitched 2.2 innings and did not allow a run while allowing three hits and one walk.
Set the school record for appearances in a single season with 28, breaking the previous record of 27 that was set in 1995....Led the Big Ten during the regular season in appearances and finished the year second in the conference....A very valuable situational lefthanded reliever out of the bullpen, he led all Penn State relievers with a 2.10 ERA ....Also led the team in saves with two....Gave up just six earned runs in 25.2 innings while walking just four and striking out nine....One of only two pitchers on the staff who did not allow any stolen bases, as the only two that attempted against him were thrown out....Did not allow any earned runs in 24 of his 28 appearances and overall did not allow any runs in 21 of his 28 appearances....Did not allow any earned runs in nine straight appearances, spanning 8.1 innings and later in the year did not allow an earned run in 11 consecutive appearances, spanning 12 innings....Held lefties to a .250 average on the year. Game-by-Game Highlights: Pitched a third of an inning vs. West Virginia (2-26), recording a key strikeout with runners in scoring position to send the game into extra innings....Pitched 1.1 scoreless innings vs. Central Michigan (3-6)....Allowed just one hit and an unearned run while striking out two in a 3.2 inning stint vs. Toledo (3-11)....Pitched a scoreless inning at Furman (3-18)....Made two appearances in the Arizona State series (3-24 - 3-26), throwing a combined scoreless inning with just one hit allowed....Picked up his first save of the year and his first career save by throwing two-thirds of an inning and inducing a double play with the tying run at the plate to end the game in the Big Ten opener at Minnesota (3-31)....Had his first scoreless inning and appearances streak snapped when he allowed one run while striking out one in the series finale at Minnesota (4-2)....Allowed one hit and had a strikeout while allowing two unearned runs vs. Iowa (4-7)....Got the final out of the fifth inning in Penn State’s curfew-shortened 11-10 win over Iowa in six innings (4-9)....Appeared in all four games of the Michigan State series (4-14 - 4-16), throwing a combined two innings and not allowing a run....Tossed a scoreless inning at Northwestern (4-23)....Picked up his second save of the year by preserving a one-run lead in the ninth inning to save the game for Alan Stidfole in a 5-4 win over Indiana (4-28)....Pitched a career high five innings of relief in an extra-inning game vs. Indiana (4-29), allowing just three hits but was tagged with the loss when an unearned run scored in the 11th inning....Set down 11 straight batters at one point in relief of Mark Wyner....Pitched 1.2 innings in a win over Purdue (5-8), and gave up a run that ended his second scoreless inning and appearance streak but held the lead for Scott Gaffney’s first save of the year....Tossed a scoreless inning vs. Michigan (5-13)....Went two-thirds of an inning without allowing a run at Villanova (5-16)....Made his record-breaking 28th and final appearance of the year at Ohio State (5-20), pitching a third of a scoreless inning.
In first career appearance and first win, struck out two batters with no runs and no hits against UNC-Wilmington (2/25); Struck out one in win over Monmouth (3/7); Didn’t allow a hit or any runs in 1.1 innings of work in win over St. Bonaventure (3/29); Pitched 0.2 scoreless innings with one strikeout in win vs. Bucknell (3/30); Pitched 1.0 perfect inning of relief in two appearances at Michigan State (5/13-15).
Took the season off for personal reasons.
The Kiski School:
Captured All-League Honors in his junior and senior campaigns, while being named MVP of the IPSL in his senior year; Earned varsity letters in baseball, basketball and football; Was named All-League in football and basketball and was a captain in all three sports. Background: Matthew Daniel Ogrodnik was born on May 29, 1984 in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Son of Tim and Sue Ogrodnik, Sister Sarah (19); Matt is majoring in kinesiology.
Robbie Wine on Matt Ogrodnik
- “OG is another senior providing leadership for our staff. Matt will graduate this spring. He broke the school record for appearances last season. Matt is a reliable relief pitcher we can count on. He will see a lot of action again this season.”