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Gathright attended Bonnabel High School in Kenner, Louisiana, where he played baseball as a junior. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 32nd round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, and signed in August after playing that summer in a Louisiana Sugar Cane League in Sorrento, Louisiana.
Major league careerEdit
Devil Rays (2004–06)Edit
Gathright was arguably one of the fastest players in major league baseball when he made his major league debut, and led all major league outfielders in range factor (3.06) in 2006; in 2008, however, his range factor was below average. He does not hit for power (with only one home run in his MLB career. He has a .263 lifetime batting average going into the 2009 season.
Gathright was clocked at 6.1 seconds in the 60-yard dash. While in high school, he jumped over his coach's car. That jumping ability proved useful on the field, as in a 2008 spring training game Gathright jumped over Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who was trying to tag him out en route to first base.
In 2008, Gathright saw his range factor fall to 2.53, below all but one center field starter in the league. He also hit .254 with a .311 on base percentage, and only a .272 slugging percentage -- below that of all starting outfielders in the major leagues.
- ↑ Topkin, Mark (2004) Rays tales. St. Petersburg Times
- ↑ Four players non-tendered by Royals
- ↑ Cubs agree to terms with outfielder Joey Gathright
- ↑ April 6 boxscore. mlb.com (April 6, 2009). Retrieved on 2009-04-13.
- ↑ O's trade Freel to Cubs for Gathright. The Baltimore Sun (May 8, 2009). Retrieved on 2009-05-08.