Thursday, May 24, 2012

Reds ink former MLBer Joey Gathright

The Reds purchased the contract of former MLB outfielder Joey Gathright from the Bridgeport Bluefish on Thursday, according to The Hour. Gathright has been assigned to Triple-A Louisville.

The 31-year old appeared in 23 games for the Bluefish this season, posting a .240 batting average with two homers, 13 RBI, 20 runs scored, and nine stolen bases.

Gathright has spent time with several MLB organizations throughtout his career including the Tampa Bay Rays (2004-06), Kansas City Royals (2006-08), Chicago Cubs (2009), Baltimore Orioles (2010), and Boston Red Sox (2009, 11). In 452 career MLB games, he boasts a .263 average with 178 runs scored , 81 stolen bases, and a .328 OBP spanning the better part of seven seasons.

“We are glad to see Joey make this important stride in his effort to get back to the big leagues,” says Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. “He was a key piece to this club and we hope he succeeds at the next level.”

The Bluefish, founded in 1997, are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball--an independent league not affiliated with Major League Baseball.

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