Gathright and Redman join club
(Bridgeport, Conn. – Apr. 4, 2012) – The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced the signings of outfielders Joey Gathright and Prentice Redman. Gathright will make his Park City debut, while Redman returns for a second season.
“We’re very excited to have both of these players patrolling our outfield in 2012,” says Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. “Joey is great defensively and will provide speed at the top of our lineup, while Prentice showed great poise on the field last season and we look forward to his contributions again.”
Gathright enters his second season in the Atlantic League and 11th of professional baseball. 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. Joey was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 32nd round of the 2001 amateur draft.
Redman returns to the Park City for his second season in the Atlantic League and 14th of professional baseball. The outfielder appeared in 38 games for the Bluefish last year and recorded a .286 batting average with 12 doubles, eight home runs, 27 runs scored and 21 RBI. He also spent time with Independent Kansas City of the American Association and in 19 games, the former Major Leaguer batted .282 with three home runs, nine RBI and nine runs scored. The 32-year-old is the brother of Tike Redman, who has spent six seasons in the big leagues and was a member of the Bluefish in 2010. Prentice has made one stop at the Major League level as a member of the New York Mets in 2003. In 15 games, he recorded three hits, including one home run in 24 at-bats. The slugger posted his best season as a professional in 2008 when he split time between Double-A West Tennessee and Triple-A Tacoma of the Mariners organization. In 454 combined at-bats, he batted .295 with 76 RBI and set career-highs in home runs (25), runs scored (97) and walks (61). In 1,402 career minor league games, Redman has a .279 batting average with 339 doubles, 161 home runs, 719 RBI, 817 runs scored and 209 stolen bases. Prentice was selected by the New York Mets in the 10th round of the 1999 amateur draft.
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 season tickets, mini-plans, group outings, and individual tickets are available by calling 203-345-4800. Visit the Bluefish online at www.bridgeportbluefish.com.