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Eric Patterson LFWhite Sox

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 31)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .231 5 31 21 10 .242 0.3
Birth Date4-8-1983
Height6' 0"
Weight170 lbs
Age31 years, 6 months, 13 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
-0.12010
-0.12011
2012
2013
0.32014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 CHN 24 7 9 8 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 .250 .250 .375 .215 0.1 -0.0 0.0
2008 CHN 25 13 44 38 5 9 1 0 1 13 5 12 0 1 0 7 2 1 .237 .318 .342 .229 -0.1 -0.3 -0.0
2008 OAK 25 30 104 92 11 16 3 0 0 19 12 24 0 0 0 8 8 0 .174 .269 .207 .182 -5.3 -0.4 -0.6
2009 OAK 26 39 110 94 15 27 5 1 1 37 14 25 0 2 0 11 6 1 .287 .373 .394 .293 6.0 -1.2 0.5
2010 BOS 27 45 93 84 13 19 3 3 2 34 7 31 1 0 1 7 5 1 .226 .293 .405 .244 1.4 -0.9 0.1
2010 OAK 27 45 111 103 13 21 5 2 4 42 7 31 0 0 1 9 6 0 .204 .255 .408 .235 -2.8 1.7 -0.1
2011 SDN 28 47 103 89 8 16 2 1 2 26 12 22 0 2 0 8 8 2 .180 .272 .292 .228 -1.2 0.1 -0.1
Career22657450865110207101745714815350355.217.294.343.236-1.9-1.0-0.3

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2005 PEO A 110 500 .311 .266 .339 .396 .263 .398 107 18.9 10.0 -0.8 7.0 4.0 30.3 3.6 30.3 3.6
2005 WTN AA 9 37 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .261 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 WTN AA 121 501 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .308 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 IOW AAA 17 76 .318 .274 .338 .419 .274 .393 93 4.7 2.2 -0.1 -0.5 1.4 6.6 0.6 6.6 0.6
2007 CHN MLB 7 9 .215 .271 .327 .443 .253 .400 109 -0.4 0.3 0 -0.0 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2007 IOW AAA 128 582 .273 .275 .341 .433 .261 .330 112 8.7 17.5 -1 -11.0 1.0 24.8 1.3 24.8 1.3
2008 CHN MLB 13 44 .229 .267 .336 .417 .258 .308 108 -1.5 1.3 -0.2 -0.3 0.5 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2008 OAK MLB 30 104 .182 .267 .327 .424 .259 .235 98 -8.8 3.0 -0.3 -0.4 0.9 -5.3 -0.6 -5.3 -0.6
2008 IOW AAA 52 220 .291 .276 .338 .430 .257 .383 105 7.9 6.8 -0.5 3.7 -0.9 11.6 1.5 11.6 1.5
2008 SAC AAA 25 124 .297 .280 .350 .442 .255 .400 112 5.1 3.8 -0.1 -1.9 1.7 11.2 0.9 11.2 0.9
2009 OAK MLB 39 110 .293 .265 .332 .425 .260 .371 102 3.9 3.2 -0.6 -1.2 0.5 6.0 0.5 6.0 0.5
2009 SAC AAA 110 530 .326 .277 .344 .432 .277 .346 87 37.8 15.5 -1.4 -2.5 6.2 58.5 5.5 58.5 5.5
2010 BOS MLB 45 93 .244 .245 .314 .391 .247 .333 111 -1.5 2.6 -0.1 -0.9 -0.7 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2010 OAK MLB 45 111 .235 .255 .320 .399 .253 .250 100 -2.9 3.1 -0.6 1.7 -1.8 -2.8 -0.1 -2.8 -0.1
2010 PAW AAA 4 18 .238 .283 .347 .451 .275 .400 97 -0.4 0.6 -0.1 -0.0 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2011 SDN MLB 47 103 .228 .258 .320 .402 .263 .209 91 -3.3 2.8 -0.2 0.1 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2011 LEL A+ 2 6 .191 .269 .324 .380 .253 .000 96 -0.5 0.2 0 -0.2 0.1 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2011 TUC AAA 51 203 .236 .292 .356 .460 .264 .281 111 -5.8 6.3 -0.4 -0.9 0.8 0.7 -0.0 0.7 -0.0
2012 TOL AAA 64 267 .250 .254 .330 .392 .255 .319 97 -3 7.9 -1.4 -2.2 1.8 6.4 0.4 6.4 0.4
2013 HUN AA 38 111 .206 .245 .319 .359 .255 .256 102 -6.1 3.0 -0.4 1.6 0.4 -2.9 -0.1 -2.9 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 WTN AA 37 5 6 2 0 0 2 6 7 3 2 .200 .333 .267 .067 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 PEO A 500 90 144 26 11 13 71 53 94 40 11 .333 .408 .535 .201 .311 30.3 7.0 3.6
2006 WTN AA 501 66 116 22 9 8 48 46 89 38 12 .263 .329 .408 .145 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 IOW AAA 76 14 24 1 1 2 12 6 9 8 0 .358 .411 .493 .134 .318 6.6 -0.5 0.6
2007 CHN MLB 9 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .250 .250 .375 .125 .215 0.1 -0.0 0.0
2007 IOW AAA 582 94 153 28 6 14 65 54 85 24 9 .297 .363 .455 .159 .273 24.8 -11.0 1.3
2008 CHN MLB 44 5 9 1 0 1 7 5 12 2 1 .237 .318 .342 .105 .229 -0.1 -0.3 -0.0
2008 OAK MLB 104 11 16 3 0 0 8 12 24 8 0 .174 .269 .207 .033 .182 -5.3 -0.4 -0.6
2008 SAC AAA 124 18 36 8 2 4 19 9 28 8 2 .330 .377 .550 .220 .297 11.2 -1.9 0.9
2008 IOW AAA 220 33 65 16 3 6 28 12 45 11 0 .320 .358 .517 .197 .291 11.6 3.7 1.5
2009 SAC AAA 530 91 143 29 11 12 56 52 81 43 6 .307 .375 .494 .187 .326 58.5 -2.5 5.5
2009 OAK MLB 110 15 27 5 1 1 11 14 25 6 1 .287 .373 .394 .106 .293 6.0 -1.2 0.5
2010 BOS MLB 93 13 19 3 3 2 7 7 31 5 1 .226 .293 .405 .179 .244 1.4 -0.9 0.1
2010 OAK MLB 111 13 21 5 2 4 9 7 31 6 0 .204 .255 .408 .204 .235 -2.8 1.7 -0.1
2010 PAW AAA 18 4 4 2 1 0 0 1 7 3 0 .235 .278 .471 .235 .238 0.4 -0.0 0.0
2011 TUC AAA 203 31 48 12 4 3 14 9 29 3 3 .253 .287 .405 .153 .236 0.7 -0.9 -0.0
2011 LEL A+ 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 .000 .333 .000 .000 .191 -0.2 -0.2 -0.0
2011 SDN MLB 103 8 16 2 1 2 8 12 22 8 2 .180 .272 .292 .112 .228 -1.2 0.1 -0.1
2012 TOL AAA 267 23 54 6 2 2 23 41 58 13 3 .244 .365 .317 .072 .250 6.4 -2.2 0.4
2013 HUN AA 111 8 20 3 0 0 6 12 20 2 3 .204 .291 .235 .031 .206 -2.9 1.6 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 552 0.5127 0.4964 0.8066 0.6820 0.3011 0.8497 0.7037 0.1898
2009 489 0.5337 0.4458 0.8440 0.6130 0.2544 0.9000 0.6897 0.1560
2010 858 0.5851 0.4579 0.7730 0.5916 0.2669 0.8081 0.6632 0.2270
2011 416 0.5048 0.4988 0.7536 0.6667 0.3252 0.8071 0.6418 0.2319
Career23150.54250.47190.79250.63120.28290.83730.67460.204

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-08-12 2011-08-24 Minors 12 12 Right Wrist Sprain - -
2011-07-04 2011-07-14 Minors 10 6 Right Wrist Sprain - -
2011-03-22 2011-04-10 15-DL 19 7 Left Thigh Recovery From Strain Hamstring -
2011-03-20 2011-03-22 Camp 2 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2011-03-07 2011-03-09 Camp 2 0 Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2010-08-16 2010-09-01 15-DL 16 13 Neck Strain -
2010-03-07 2010-03-08 Camp 1 0 Left Face Laceration Above Eye -
2008-09-18 2008-09-29 DTD 11 10 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 SDN $423,300
2010 OAK $405,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$828,300
2 yrTotal$828,300

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 50 d1 year (2012)

Details
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Detroit as a free agent 12/16/11 (minor-league contract). Released by Detroit 6/16/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4233M (2011). Re-signed by San Diego 2/27/11.
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2010). Re-signed 3/8/10.
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2009). Re-signed 2/18/09. Acquired in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/8/08 (Rich Harden deal).
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased 8/6/07.
  • Drafted 2004 (8-246). $0.3M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 513 66 124 22 6 11 53 54 109 24 7 .274 .351 .421 .282 26.2 LF 1, 2B 0 2.6
80o 491 61 112 20 5 10 48 49 107 22 6 .259 .334 .398 .268 18.6 LF 1, 2B 0 1.8
70o 476 57 105 19 5 9 45 46 106 20 6 .249 .322 .382 .258 13.4 LF 1, 2B 0 1.2
60o 462 54 99 17 5 9 43 43 105 19 6 .240 .311 .368 .250 9.3 LF 1, 2B 0 0.8
50o 450 51 92 16 4 8 40 41 103 18 5 .231 .301 .355 .242 5.6 LF 1, 2B 0 0.4
40o 438 48 88 16 4 8 38 38 102 17 5 .223 .291 .342 .234 2.1 LF 1, 2B 0 0.0
30o 424 46 81 14 4 7 36 36 100 16 5 .214 .281 .328 .226 -1.4 LF 1, 2B 0 -0.3
20o 409 42 76 13 4 7 33 33 98 15 4 .204 .269 .312 .216 -5.3 LF 1, 2B 0 -0.8
10o 387 38 67 12 3 6 30 29 95 13 4 .190 .251 .291 .202 -10.1 LF 1, 2B 0 -1.3
Weighted Mean456529617584142104195.235.306.361.2467.3LF 1, 2B 00.6

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 13% 10% 20% 37%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20153225026478242224609.214.290.325.230-0.3-1.80.90.214.0-16.9-1.1
20163325026488242224579.215.291.322.229-0.4-2.50.70.214.9-18.3-1.1
2017343834074123735379112.216.293.328.232-0.3-1.10.70.114.9-16.9-1.6
2018356246311719510545815117.207.281.308.222-1.1-7.20.50.114.9-22.7-2.7
2019366276411719510545915115.208.284.309.222-1.1-7.8-0.2-0.114.9-22.4-2.7
20203725025467242123625.203.277.297.216-1.4-11.8-0.3-0.114.9-26.4-1.1
202138600591071748495614911.199.275.293.214-1.8-14.1-1.1-0.514.9-27.5-2.6
20223960859108174848551539.197.271.285.210-2.1-17.0-1.5-0.614.9-29.8-2.6
2023405575599154846521377.200.276.296.215-1.8-14.0-1.6-0.714.9-26.7-2.4

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
4.10.30.60.80.90.36.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 88 Mike Edwards 2008 .000 DNP
2 86 Michael Ryan 2009 .000 DNP
3 83 George Lombard 2007 .000 DNP
4 83 Don Kelly 2011 .239
5 81 Eugenio Velez 2013 .000 DNP
6 81 Hiram Bocachica 2007 .246
7 81 Jon Weber 2009 .000 DNP
8 81 Cory Sullivan 2011 .000 DNP
9 80 Val Majewski 2012 .000 DNP
10 80 John Gall 2009 .000 DNP
11 80 Abraham Nunez 2008 .000 DNP
12 79 Edgar Gonzalez 2009 .250
13 79 Jason Repko 2012 .073
14 79 Ron Calloway 2008 .000 DNP
15 78 Jeremy Reed 2012 .000 DNP
16 78 Rico Washington 2009 .000 DNP
17 78 Lou Montanez 2013 .000 DNP
18 78 Justin Christian 2011 .268
19 78 Adam Heether 2013 .000 DNP
20 78 Jeff Salazar 2012 .000 DNP
21 78 Doug Clark 2007 .000 DNP
22 77 Dewayne Wise 2009 .216
23 76 Vinny Rottino 2011 .189
24 76 John Rodriguez 2009 .000 DNP
25 76 Hector Luna 2011 .000 DNP
26 76 Robby Hammock 2008 .194
27 76 Brian Barden 2012 .000 DNP
28 76 Chris Duffy 2011 .000 DNP
29 76 Matt Kata 2009 .143
30 75 Andy Green 2009 .270
31 75 Dee Brown 2009 .000 DNP
32 75 Adam Stern 2011 .000 DNP
33 74 Mike Rivera 2008 .269
34 74 Barry Wesson 2008 .000 DNP
35 74 Darnell McDonald 2010 .259
36 74 Brandon Harper 2007 .000 DNP
37 74 Doug Deeds 2012 .000 DNP
38 74 Andres Torres 2009 .308
39 74 Andy Phillips 2008 .240
40 74 Omar Quintanilla 2013 .218
41 73 Keith Ginter 2007 .000 DNP
42 73 Greg Jacobs 2008 .000 DNP
43 73 Guillermo Rodriguez 2009 .113
44 73 Joe Thurston 2011 .183
45 73 Russ Adams 2012 .000 DNP
46 73 Dusty Brown 2013 .000 DNP
47 73 Nick Gorneault 2010 .000 DNP
48 73 Luis Terrero 2011 .000 DNP
49 73 Jack Hannahan 2011 .261
50 73 Nick Green 2010 .146
51 73 Luke Carlin 2012 .259
52 73 J.J. Furmaniak 2011 .000 DNP
53 73 Chris Shelton 2011 .000 DNP
54 73 Jason Botts 2012 .000 DNP
55 73 Corky Miller 2007 .248
56 73 Steve Holm 2011 .142
57 73 Guillermo Quiroz 2013 .190
58 73 Mike Rose 2008 .000 DNP
59 72 Kevin Barker 2007 .000 DNP
60 72 Ed Lucas 2013 .243
61 72 Bo Hart 2008 .000 DNP
62 72 Ryan Langerhans 2011 .273
63 72 Andrew Beattie 2009 .000 DNP
64 72 Eric Riggs 2008 .000 DNP
65 72 Jason Ellison 2009 .000 DNP
66 72 Ryan Roberts 2012 .235
67 72 Koyie Hill 2010 .214
68 72 Ross Gload 2007 .261
69 72 Chris Burke 2011 .000 DNP
70 72 Mitch Maier 2013 .000 DNP
71 72 Noah Hall 2008 .000 DNP
72 71 Andy Gonzalez 2013 .000 DNP
73 71 Joe Inglett 2009 .243
74 71 Mike Hollimon 2013 .000 DNP
75 71 Corey Smith 2013 .000 DNP
76 71 Michel Abreu 2010 .000 DNP
77 71 Steve Torrealba 2009 .000 DNP
78 71 Chase Lambin 2011 .000 DNP
79 71 Chris Denorfia 2012 .286
80 71 Paul McAnulty 2012 .000 DNP
81 71 Willie Harris 2009 .273
82 71 Todd Sears 2007 .000 DNP
83 71 Kevin Howard 2012 .000 DNP
84 71 Royce Huffman 2008 .000 DNP
85 71 Oscar Salazar 2009 .282
86 70 Ryan Shealy 2011 .000 DNP
87 70 Max St. Pierre 2011 .000 DNP
88 70 Todd Donovan 2010 .000 DNP
89 70 Ricardo Nanita 2012 .000 DNP
90 70 Brooks Conrad 2011 .266
91 70 JD Closser 2011 .000 DNP
92 70 Brian Myrow 2008 .195
93 70 Cody Ransom 2007 .283
94 70 Mark Saccomanno 2011 .000 DNP
95 70 Jason Michaels 2007 .257
96 70 Bobby Scales 2009 .241
97 70 Corey Patterson 2011 .223
98 70 Javier Colina 2010 .000 DNP
99 70 Bobby Higginson 2002 .271
100 70 Bernard Gilkey 1998 .229

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Like his older brother Corey, Eric Patterson is fast but short on usable baseball skills.
2011 Acquired after the Dustin Pedroia injury, Patterson provided the Red Sox with more of the depth they required in both the infield and outfield. He has more pop and patience than brother Corey (which isn't saying much), but he can't make contact anywhere near often enough for a starting role. Thanks to a game-winning single that kept the Yankees from winning the AL East in the last weekend of regular-season play, the final memory Boston fans have of Patterson's 2010 won't be the gaffe in center field that broke up a Jon Lester perfect-game bid. The Padres chose him as the PTBNL in the Adrian Gonzalez contract, and while Petco won't help his batting average issues, his walk rates and multiple positions will make him a useful commodity.
2010 Patterson is the younger brother of veteran outfielder Corey, and as one scout observed of him, “Half the tools, but twice the ballplayer.” The A's have tried for years to develop their own version of Chone Figgins, and they might have finally hit paydirt. He can play all three outfield positions and can pass at second base; an attempt to expand his options to include third base at Sacramento last season didn't go well. But with four positions and his ability as an above-average runner who knows how to work the count, he could help out immediately, not least because players like this create a lot of roster flexibility.
2009 Another part of the Harden trade whose acquisition just complicated things, Corey's younger brother lacks the athleticism of his older brother, but he's a better baseball player, one with gap power, plus speed, a proven track record at the upper levels of the minor leagues, and an idea of what he's doing at the plate. This Patterson's problem is defense, as he's sloppy at second base, and an attempted conversion to the outfield has been only a so-so proposition so far. His likely positions are now handled by a re-signed Ellis and a recently acquired Holliday, so it will be hard to find a role for him.
2008 Patterson forms an interesting little case study with older brother Corey. The less athletic of the brothers, Eric is also by far the sounder fundamental player, with a very good plate approach and a high baseball IQ. Of course, Eric also played college ball and Corey didn't. One wonders if Corey might have picked up the same skills that Eric did had he too gone to college and, if so, would his career have turned out differently? As for Eric, the Cubs need to get over their fear of the Ghost of Pattersons Past and either hand him the second base job or deal him to a team that will. Eric's is almost certainly a major league-quality skill set, but also one that isn't likely to get much better.
2007 Taken in the eighth round of the 2004 draft, Eric Patterson was initially known only as Corey`s slower, weaker little brother. Comparing their translated stats at ages 22 and 23, and granting that Corey was in the majors for those two years, Eric does have a little less power, although he still has good sock for a second baseman. The biggest difference is that Eric takes about 30 of Corey`s strikeouts and turns them into walks, giving him a 40-point edge in OBP and putting him in position to steal more bases than his faster sibling. The Cubs` signing of Mark DeRosa gives them time to bring Patterson along, but his successful jump past High-A Daytona indicates that Patterson has the talent to accelerate at his own pace.
2006 Showed much more power than what was expected when the Cubs picked him out of Georgia Tech in the 8th round of the `04 draft. A star from a top college program is supposed to be able to bitchslap the Midwest League, but the Cubs` confidence in Patterson`s prospectdom is perhaps better reflected in his promotion to West Tenn for the Southern League playoffs. He still has a few finer points to pick up in his play at second, but he might well be the one Cubs hitting prospect without a significant weakness.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2010-06-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Boston seems to be dealing with an insane amount of injuries this year and the injuries to Pedroia(broken bone in foot), Victor Martinez(fractured thumb) and Clay Bucholz(minor hamstring tear) seem a bit more drastic than the injuries to Beckett, Cameron, Hermida, Ellsbury and Dice-K. They've managed to survive the earlier injuries, however I've got to say the downgrade of Pedroia to Eric Patterson will take a huge chunk of Boston's offense away. If Clay Bucholz or V-Mart see DL time, Boston may be in for some major problems. What are your thoughts?
(jlarsen from Chicago)
The Sox have endured a wave of injuries that's almost biblical in proportions, but I'm not sure what's happened this week is somehow worse except that it's just piled on top of some other unresolved situations. Buchholz's injury doesn't sound terribly serious, at least not as serious as that of Beckett, who has one start since May 7 and really hasn't been right all year. Pedroia's injury is more straightforward than Ellsbury's was. The team has solid resources for trading, and they'll use them, whether it's to find a catcher or an outfielder or a second baseman or some combo of the above to get them through this latest crisis. I think they'll be OK. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat) I think Eric Patterson has been royally screwed by the total lack of a clear opportunity presented to him: 267 major league PAs scattered over the last three years, when he was (arguably) deserving of a legit shot since well before then. Do you agree, or am I being blinded by my soft-spot for the guy? Can you think of an MI-needy org who should take a whack at him? The Nats? Pirates?
(Joe D. from Inland Empire)
There was talk about converting Patterson into the green 'n gold edition of Figgy, but when push comes to shove, they just didn't employ him in the role. It may not happen, or it may not happen here. As for the middle infield, the A's seem to be one of the few organizations that thinks he can play second at all, and even if they won't really try it for any length of time... He may be headed for some inter-organizational wanderjahre at this rate, no matter how well he hits in Triple-A. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-07-24 16:30:00 (link to chat)What do you expect from Eric Patterson now that he's been called up by the A's?
(acmcdowell from Athens, GA)
The same thing we have all expected from every other prospect the As call up that underperforms. Hopefully he can break the cycle of relative failure. (Eric Seidman)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Your last TA, you mentioned putting Eric Patterson in centerfield. Can he play there? I thought he was supposed to be god-awful in the field or is he just better than Sweeney is in center?
(Eric from Denver)
I don't think anybody thinks Patterson would be a good center fielder; I guess my standard is that, with no shot at winning the division anyway, why not see if he's Jerry Mumphrey-level playable? Because I think the motor gave out on the Ryan Sweeney carousel years ago, assuming it was ever really installed properly in the first place. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)As an A's fan i'm tired of cabrera/crosby, they are horrible. I see cliff pennington in AAA doing well, any chance he can be a starting SS in the ryan theriot/pre 09 bartlett type till grant green is ready?
(eric from sacramento)
I'd certainly rather see that, although admittedly is of a piece with my scientific curiosity as far as Eric Patterson's utility. If Pennington can play short well enough in the interim, that's better than winding up with the odd Cesar Izturis type, which at this point given Cabrera and Crosby's feckless performances, seems relatively like high-grade feck to me. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were the A's, what would you do with Eric Patterson? His bat against right-handers seems to be pretty good, but he can't play anywhere in the field from what I understand. With some of the dead-weight in the A's lineup these days, one would think there would be a place for someone like Patterson to get an opportunity for at-bats.
(Dave from Chicago)
To me, Eric Patterson is just a guy. I was never that impressed with him with the Cubs or now with the Athletics. He is not the answer to anyone's problems. (John Perrotto)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)So the A's are on the verge of re-signing Mark Ellis. Even ignoring concerns about his surgically repaired shoulder, why trade for Eric Patterson and Adrian Cardenas and draft Jemile Weeks if Ellis is sticking around for a few years?
(Dave from Chicago)
I have to admit I did something of a double-take on hearing of this. Thirty-one year-old second basemen with sketchy injury histories are exactly the kind of players Billy Beane is generally smart enough to stay away from. Perhaps this is a Varitek-like character signing. I don't know. (Steven Goldman)
2008-07-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for your great work, Marc. Your Player Profiles are my favorite BP articles. Just wanted to ask you your thoughts on Eric Patterson and Matt Harrison. I'm in a keeper league and am inclined to gamble on their upsides. Thanks!
(Dennis from LA)
Thanks Dennis, I appreciate that! Hopefully you all saw the Mike Gonzalez collaboration we ran a few weeks back. I'm looking forward to more of those, plus solo efforts like the Edwin Encarnacion one I mentioned earlier.

I'm not sure either is a keeper guy honestly, though some may love them more than I. (Marc Normandin)
2008-06-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Eric Patterson, Donald Veal, and Sean Marshall for AJ Burnett.
(Jack from Chicago)
With the way he's pitching right now, would you really rather have Burnett over just Marshall? Reminds of the days when teams would clamor to get Tim Belcher every July. (Dayn Perry)
2008-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Eric Patterson getting playing time in LF? Is it all part of Jim Hendry's master plan to eventually put 8 second basemen on the field at once?
(HeeSeop from Chicago)
Heehee, Hee, but I argued in favor of plugging in Patterson back when Soriano was hurt the first time around. He might have value in trade, and he might have value to the organization. Either way, playing him makes a decent amount of sense.

Or, it's a chance to have nine guys go Cesar Tovar on us, and play everywhere in a game. A crowd of second basemen might be the crew to do it with. ;) (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ronny Cedeno and Eric Patterson--are they in the Cubs' plans for '08? Should they be? If I may indulge one more, what do you expect from Franklin Morales in '08 and down the road? Thanks!
(jromero from seattle)
At the moment it certainly doesn't seem like either is the Cub's first choice for a starting spot in the middle infield. Theriot would be pretty easy to displace at short, but Cedeno, as good as his minor-league numbers are, simply hasn't hit in his major-league opportunities.

As for Patterson, the Cubs are even deeper at 2B, with Mark De Rosa and Mike Fontenot, another Piniella favorite ahead of him. Patterson's got youth and more upside, but the other two were a pretty capable tandem last year, and PECOTA likes both of them - they're .360 OBPs and average-plus fielders, whereas Patterson's a .340 OBP type with below-average D.

Morales - as critical a part of the Rox run last year, I see him struggling a little bit. He's got to cut down the walks to succeed at Coors. (Jay Jaffe)


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