May 24, 2012 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Bridgeport Bluefish
(Bridgeport, Conn. - May 24, 2012) - Bridgeport Bluefish team officials today announced that outfielder Joey Gathright has had his contract purchased by the Cincinnati Reds organization. Gathright will report to Triple-A Louisville of the International League.
"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."
Gathright appeared in 23 games for the Bluefish this season, recording a .240 batting average with two home runs, 13 RBI, 20 runs scored, and nine stolen bases. The outfielder began the 2011 campaign in the independent ranks, splitting time between Yuma and Shreveport-Bossier, before having his contract purchased by the Boston Red Sox. He would finish the year with the big club, appearing in seven games for the Red Sox. The former Major Leaguer made his Atlantic League debut with the Long Island Ducks in 2010, batting .269 with ten extra-base hits and 31 runs scored in 38 games. Following this impressive performance, he had his contract purchased midseason by the Baltimore Orioles and he finished the year with Triple-A Norfolk. Over his seven-year big league career, the 31-year-old has also spent time with the Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, and Chicago Cubs. He owns a career .263 batting with 178 runs scored and 81 stolen bases in 452 games played.
In corresponding roster moves, the Bridgeport Bluefish have released pitcher Brad Furnish and signed outfielder Peter Barrows. Barrows joins the Bluefish during his second year of professional baseball. Last season, the Connecticut-native split time in the independent American Association between Kansas City and Wichita. In 42 combined games, the University of Bridgeport alum batted .288 with three home runs, 20 RBI, and 24 runs scored.
The Bridgeport Bluefish Professional Baseball Club, a charter team in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, plays its home games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, located off Exit 27 of I-95 on the corner of Broad Street and South Frontage Road in Bridgeport. 2012 group outings and individual tickets are available by calling 203-345-4800. Visit the Bluefish online at www.bridgeportbluefish.com.