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Postby thetongueofire » Fri Jun 25, 2004 1:28 pm

sooner711 wrote:By the way, why would they need to move an OF for him....I believe he plays 2B.


hes an OF.. played mostly CF in the minors methinks. the only thing i can think of is that the Rays are trying to deal off someone. either Baldelli or Cruz i'd think.. they already have said that Crawford's "off-limits" :-?
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Postby benjapage » Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:12 pm

in my league, you can't pick him up. cbs lists him, and there's a profile, but no "pick him up" button...what's up with that?

i think he will get playing time. why call up a guy to plunk him on the bench? that makes no sense. actually, from cbssportsline:

Analysis: Gathright's speed is his best asset, and he can get on base, as evidenced by his .326 batting average in 21 games with Durham. He also registered an amazing 15 steals in those 21 games. His role with the Devil Rays is unclear right now, but he is worth adding to AL-only rosters and mixed leagues if a team needs steals desperately. Center fielder Rocco Baldelli has been used as the designated hitter because of a thigh bruise.


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Postby Registered_Guest » Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:13 pm

He might get limited PT, however they wouldn't bring him up if they didn't have plans in the near future (whether that be dealing Crawford/Baldelli/Cruz Jr) or Baldelli's heading to the DL.

For what it is worth, Crawford is the man that gets named in all the trade rumors here. Mostly in deals involving the Phillies.
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Postby sooner711 » Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:20 pm

benjapage wrote:in my league, you can't pick him up. cbs lists him, and there's a profile, but no "pick him up" button...what's up with that?

i think he will get playing time. why call up a guy to plunk him on the bench? that makes no sense. actually, from cbssportsline:

Analysis: Gathright's speed is his best asset, and he can get on base, as evidenced by his .326 batting average in 21 games with Durham. He also registered an amazing 15 steals in those 21 games. His role with the Devil Rays is unclear right now, but he is worth adding to AL-only rosters and mixed leagues if a team needs steals desperately. Center fielder Rocco Baldelli has been used as the designated hitter because of a thigh bruise.


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Go to the add/drop page, find his name under the 2B tab, and add him.
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Postby DL » Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:22 pm

is this good news or bad news for Upton?


by the way...you can pick gathright up on CBS...go to transactions, add/drop & pick him up from the list.


also, i thought gathright was a 2B earlier in the year too, but then i saw somewhere else he was listed as an OF...what is the story here?


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Postby crip » Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:26 pm

Come on guys I'm disappointed in you all........There ARE NO PLANS to move anyone!!!!!!

I live here in St Pete/Tampa....

Baldelli and Cruz are both injured...They can barely run

Baldelli has a pulled quadricep and Cruz has a severely bruised calf that he got by a hit by pitch......

Joey is getting a sniff of the bigs and he will go back down in 2-3 weeks guaranteed
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Postby d18Mike » Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:37 pm

You'd have to be pretty hard pressed for a few bags to pick him up, IMHO. Here's a scouting report.

Gathright is a player of extremes. He is so fast that Baseball America called him the fastest player in baseball last year. He makes contact, has hit for a high average at the AA level, and has shown a great eye at the plate. He has the skills of a prototypical lead-off hitter in the major leagues.

The problem is simple. He has zero power, which makes him a one-dimensional hitter. Pitchers at the advanced levels will challenge him resulting in fewer walks. Already we have signs of this as his walk rate was cut by more than half when he went from A+ to AA. That places a greater emphasis on him hitting for a high average. He is a slap hitter, so whether those slap hits will constitute a high average will be the entire story.

Scouts compare Gathright’s skills to Juan Pierre and Tom Goodwin. The only difference between those two is that one (Pierre) hits 30 points higher. That one difference makes Pierre a regular and Goodwin a career bench player. Those 30 points will make all the difference to Gathright.
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Postby Chopper » Fri Jun 25, 2004 6:27 pm

He's starting tonight. Guess we'll get a look.
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Postby wrveres » Fri Jun 25, 2004 6:33 pm

I read a couple of days ago that Lou plans on having both Upton and Gathright up after the break ... and the article says he planned on using them. Not sue who they are goona swap, but they are goona swap out somebody ...

as for right now, Gathright is just getting his feet wet. If you can hang on to him for the long term, yes he is worth the pickup. But that scouting report says it all .....


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Postby swingaway » Fri Jun 25, 2004 7:23 pm

ya'll are probably thinking about the other tb prospect bj. upton who plays shortstop. Im waiting everyday for him to be added to yahoo so ican snatch im up in my keeper league. Lots o scouts say is a hybrid of tejeda and jeter potentieal and should have an immdeate impact when he gets called up. But the only knock on him is that hes fielding blows big time.
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