Gathright Joining Royals
Well today marked an exciting day for the Royals in the clubhouse and in the front office as new General Manager Dayton Moore made his first trade and acquired the speedy Joey Gathright (he’ll wear No. 26 for KC) from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Royals also obtained second baseman Fernando Cortez and sent left-hander J.P. Howell to the D-Rays.
For those unfamiliar with Gathright, he’s one of the fastest players in Major League Baseball as he has been clocked to run a 6.1 in the 60-yard dash. He is also on record with a 3.3 second time from home to first on a bunt, which is blazing fast! Gathright has struggled a little offensively
this season, hitting .201 (31-for-154) in limited time action for the D-Rays, but he is also 13-for-15 on stolen base attempts. His speed on the basepaths and in the outfield should be fun to watch.
Buddy Bell spoke with the media a couple of hours ago and said his initial plans are to play Gathright in center and move David DeJesus to left field. Buddy did not say where Gathright will bat, but said he would not bat in the leadoff position for now.
As for Cortez, Moore said they will decide what position he will play in the system. He was a ninth round pick in 2001 and voted the International League’s top defensive second baseman by Baseball America in 2005.
It’s probably worth mentioning the Royals also selected one of the fastest players in the draft in Derrick Robinson. The fourth round pick is a switch-hitting outfielder that ran a 6.19 in the 60-yard dash and was committed to play football for the University of Florida.