Mark Sheldon @m_sheldon
According to newspaper in Connecticut, The Hour, #reds / AAA Louisville purchased contract OF Joey Gathright from independent Bridgeport.
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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"I never argue with people who say baseball is boring, because baseball is boring. And then, suddenly, it isn't. And that's what makes it great." - Joe Posnanski
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.
From the Mexican league to the Atlantic league to the Reds.
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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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.
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.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
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.
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.
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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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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