May 14, 2008

Gloucester Fishermen and Kentucky Thoroughbreds

February 26th, 2008

Gloucester receives:
3B Biao Jiao (28. ML)
C Francisco Rivera (20, SS-A)

Kentucky receives:
Gloucester's 10th round 2008 draft pick (RF Todd Shields - 9th pick)

Since Then:
Jiao batted .231 with 10 homeruns and 68 RBIs in 127 games with Gloucester in '08. He has been out of baseball since after the '08 season.
Rivera played well at Gloucester's SS-A affiliate in '08 hitting .300 in 51 games. He played sparingly in '09 and was released by Gloucester (6/21/09). He signed a minor league contract with San Antonio a week later. (6/29/09).

Shields has played well in Kentucky's lower level minor league systems. At best, Shields projects to be a 4th or 5th outfielder in the big leagues. Most likely though, it appears Shields may be best served as a career minor leaguer.

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