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1994 Stadium Club Draft Picks #20 Gary Rath

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[edit] Biographical Information

Gary Rath is a pitcher for the Doosan Bears. He has previously pitched 7 years in the US (going 54-58), 3 in South Korea (40-25), two in Japan (6-13), one in an independent Latin American league, and one in Taiwan (12-5). His career record in professional baseball is 112-101 through 2007.

[edit] College Career

Rath was 7-5 with a 2.97 ERA for Mississippi State in 1993. In 1994, Gary had a 10-3, 1.71 record. He struck out 141 in 116 innings, allowing 80 hits and 42 walks. He made the All-Southeastern Conference team and was named a first-team All-American by Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association. Rath was 12th in NCAA Division I in ERA, 5th in strikeouts and 10th in K/9.

[edit] 1994-1995: Dodgers prospect

Gary was taken in the second round of the 1994 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The southpaw debuted professionally at high class A with the Vero Beach Dodgers, going 5-6 with a 2.73 ERA.

Rath led the Dodgers chain in 1995 in both wins (16) and complete games (3). He was 13-3 with a 2.77 ERA for the San Antonio Missions and 3-5, 5.08 for the Albuquerque Dukes. He tied for fourth in the US-based affiliated minors in total wins. He tied for the Texas League lead in wins (even with Edwin Corps) and led in ERA, .08 ahead of Steve Bourgeois. Baseball America rated him the #7 prospect in the TL, right after George Arias. He was voted the second best starter in the TL for 1995, behind Bourgeois.

[edit] 1996-1998: Stagnation in Albuquerque

Rath was 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA for the Peoria Javelinas in the 1995 Arizona Fall League season, then returned to the Dukes in 1996. His 180 innings led the LA minor leaguers, but he walked 89, leading the Pacific Coast League. He went 10-11 with a 4.19 ERA, the best of any of their starters. He finished three off of the PCL lead in both wins and losses.

In 1997, Gary sputtered with Albuquerque. He was 7-11 with a 6.05 ERA. He only walked 49 in 132 1/3 IP but allowed 177 hits. In his fourth year with the Dukes in 1998, the 25-year-old had a 9-8, 4.52 record with one save. He allowed 184 hits in 157 1/3 IP and struck out 119. He made his big-league debut, throwing in three games of relief work for the 1998 Dodgers with a 10.80 ERA.

[edit] 1999: Minnesota

Rath was signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Twins. He spent most of the season with the Salt Lake Buzz, going 3-8 with a 5.62 ERA. He walked only 27 in 99 1/3 IP but allowed 129 hits. He made his final major league appearance with the 1999 Twins, pitching five games (one start) and going 0-1 with a 11.57 ERA; his major league ERA was 11.25 in his small 8-inning sample.

[edit] 2000: One more year in the US

Rath started 2000 with the Trenton Thunder (0-1, 7.36 in 9 games out of the bullpen) before being let go. He moved to the independent leagues with the Long Island Ducks and had a 4-4, 4.78 record in 21 appearances.

[edit] 2001-2002: South Korea

Gary went overseas for the first time in 2001 with the Kia Tigers with a 7-9, 4.34 record. With the Doosan Bears in 2002, Gary went 16-8 with a 3.87 ERA and fanned 154 in 202 innings.

[edit] 2003: Japan

Rath signed with the Yomiuri Giants in 2003 and went 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. He was one of the club's less successful starters, although he outperformed veteran starters Masumi Kuwata and Kimiyasu Kudoh.

[edit] 2004: Korea, take two

Gary returned to South Korea in 2004 and had a great year with Doosan. His 2.60 ERA was second to teammate Myung-Hwan Park and his 17 wins (against 8 losses) tied MVP Yong-Soo Bae and Danny Rios for the Korea Baseball Organization lead.

[edit] 2005: Expansion club woes

Rath joined the expansion Rakuten Golden Eagles for the 2005 but struggled through an injury-plagued year, posting a 3-9, 6.33 mark.

[edit] 2006: Venezuela

Gary moved to the independent Venezuelan league in 2006, a minor loop, and dominated with a 18-3, 2.25 mark.

[edit] 2007: Taiwan

Rath signed with the La New Bears in 2007, and went 12-5 with a 3.52 ERA. He tied Hsien-Chih Chang for third in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in wins, behind Wei-Lun Pan and Peter Munro. He also finished 4th in strikeouts (117). Due to injury, he accomplished these rankings and did not throw a pitch after August 10 - a full 2 months before the season ended. His club went on to win the 2007 Taiwan Series with Nelson Figueroa taking Rath's role as foreign pitching star.

[edit] 2008: Korea, take three

Rath signed with the Doosan Bears again for 2008. He was 3-2 with a 2.84 ERA to open the season before being surprisingly released.

[edit] Sources

1994-2006 Baseball Almanacs, Japanbaseballdaily.com by Gary Garland, [1]

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