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    Reds Sign Joey Gathright

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    According to newspaper in Connecticut, The Hour, #reds / AAA Louisville purchased contract OF Joey Gathright from independent Bridgeport.
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    Re: Reds Sign Joey Gathright

    Hm. He's terrible.

    In his two full-ish seasons, his OPS+s were 61 (2006) and 59 (2008).

    Interesting note about 2006. If Gathright had gotten 55 more PAs, the two worst OPS+ers in the AL would have both been Royals (Angel Berroa was at 52, one of the worst seasons ever).

    Over in the NL, three of the worst five were Astros: Taveras (74), Everett (64), and Barmes (47!!!) That team finished second in the Central. We are in the weirdest division in baseball.

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    Re: Reds Sign Joey Gathright

    Joey Gathright is what we don't want Billy Hamilton to turn into. Joey had some great minor league seasons based on his speed, and didn't do much of anything other than a nice 261 PAs in 2007.

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    Re: Reds Sign Joey Gathright

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    Re: Reds Sign Joey Gathright

    So what is it that Louisville needs that has the club purchasing his contract from an independent league? Are his defensive skills such that, in an emergency, he helps somewhere? I'm not overly concerned, as this strikes me as the proverbial "organizational filler." Did someone get hurt down there that they're needing another body? Or have our scouts seen something that makes him possibly of some value now?
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    Re: Reds Sign Joey Gathright

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    So what is it that Louisville needs that has the club purchasing his contract from an independent league? Are his defensive skills such that, in an emergency, he helps somewhere? I'm not overly concerned, as this strikes me as the proverbial "organizational filler." Did someone get hurt down there that they're needing another body? Or have our scouts seen something that makes him possibly of some value now?
    Who do the Reds call up if an OFer goes down? I think that's why they did it. At least Gathright has some expierence and is fast.
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    Re: Reds Sign Joey Gathright

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44 View Post
    Who do the Reds call up if an OFer goes down? I think that's why they did it. At least Gathright has some expierence and is fast.
    But, but, but....Willie Harris is still down there. *snicker*

    Seriously though....I'd call up Danny Dorn in a heartbeat. I really think he deserves a cup o' joe after all this time. He's probably having his worst season right now...but if you need a warm body to fill in...I'd take him over Willie Harris for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_ View Post
    But, but, but....Willie Harris is still down there. *snicker*

    Seriously though....I'd call up Danny Dorn in a heartbeat. I really think he deserves a cup o' joe after all this time. He's probably having his worst season right now...but if you need a warm body to fill in...I'd take him over Willie Harris for sure.
    Willie Harris has had a very decent MLB career as a backup player. A couple of his seasons were actually pretty good.

    He got off terribly this year, deserved to be sent down.

    But I find it disturbing that his name is used as some kind of joke.

    At least major league teams have found him suitable for their rosters over a number of years. The Reds think so little of Dorn he can't get a call up under any circumstances.

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    Re: Reds Sign Joey Gathright

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44 View Post
    Who do the Reds call up if an OFer goes down? I think that's why they did it. At least Gathright has some expierence and is fast.
    Weren't you a big Gathright booster several years back? I think you may be a bit biased.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post
    Weren't you a big Gathright booster several years back? I think you may be a bit biased.
    Hahaha I was hoping everyone would have forgotten that by now.
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    Re: Reds Sign Joey Gathright

    Well, Kris Negron is an everyday starter for the Bats. So, there's actually a chance he won't be the worst player on the team.

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    Re: Reds Sign Joey Gathright

    not much risk, at this point he's become a journey man grinder, good karma has to have been built up. Kris Negron's 4 hr so far this season has to be close to Gathright's career numbers, btw.

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    Re: Reds Sign Joey Gathright

    Joey Gathright may be the only player I like less than Willy Taveras.

    If an OF goes down, call up anybody else.
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    Signing Gathright at this point seems like the kind of thing you do without telling anyone.
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    Re: Reds Sign Joey Gathright

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44 View Post
    Who do the Reds call up if an OFer goes down? I think that's why they did it. At least Gathright has some expierence and is fast.
    There isn't a lot of help at Louisville right now. Kris Negron and Neftali Soto are the only healthy players who are on the 40-man roster. Paul Janish, Chris Valaika, and Denis Phipps are all on the DL, and Janish is the only one of the bunch who is swinging the bat well.

    The only non-roster player who is swinging the bat at a decent clip is Dioner Navarro. Corky Miller and Bill Rhinehart have decent walk rates that boost their OBP. Rhinehart is the only OF of the group. Danny Dorn and Willie Harris both have batting averages near the Mendoza line and sub-.300 OBP's.

    My guess would be that Negron would probably get the call, and Wilson Valdez and Todd Frazier would be called upon to provide depth in the OF.
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