Padres purchase contract of Lee Gwaltney

The San Diego Padres have purchased the contract of Fort Worth Cats' right-handed pitcher Lee Gwaltney, it was announced today. Gwaltney, 27, will report to Spring Training with the Padres in Peoria, AZ.

In 2007, his first season with Fort Worth, Gwaltney posted a 6-2 record with a 3.16 ERA. In 105 1/3 innings of work, he allowed 95 hits, struck out 59 and walked 30. His ERA was the third lowest in the American Association. Gwaltney was 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in two playoff starts for the league champion Cats.

He has a lifetime record of 25-29 with a 3.36 ERA in six minor league seasons.

Gwaltney appeared in just three games with the Chicago Cubs' Arizona League team in 2006, going 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in seven innings pitched.

In 2005, he appeared in one game at Double-A West Tennessee in the Cubs' organization after going 6-4 between Peoria and Dayton earlier in the season. He was 2-2 for Double-A Reading in 2004 in the Phillies system in four games. He also posted a 3.80 ERA for Clearwater in the Florida State League in 20 starts that year.

After being drafted in the sixth round by Philadelphia in 2002, he spent 2002 with Batavia in the NY-Penn League and split 2003 with Lakewood and the Phillies' Gulf Coast League team.

Gwaltney was 3-12 with a 4.05 ERA for Louisiana Tech in 2002. He currently resides in Willow Park, Texas.

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