John Patterson (pitcher)
January 30, 1978 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|July 20, 2002 for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 5, 2007 for the Washington Nationals|
|Earned run average||4.32|
A USA Today prep All-American in his senior year at West Orange-Stark (TX) High School, Patterson was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the first round (5th overall pick) of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. Montreal lost the draft rights to Patterson on a legal technicality: they sent him a contract offer that was not printed on official team letterhead, and he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks for $6.075 million. After a solid 2002 rookie season where he had a 3.22 ERA, he had a disappointing 2003 season with the Diamondbacks. Patterson was traded back to the Expos prior to the 2004 season in exchange for Randy Choate, a left-handed reliever.
Always filled with immense potential, Patterson started to realize it in 2004, when he had a 3.57 ERA in April. He got hurt soon after, though, and never regained his form for the rest of the year.
Patterson had a breakout season in 2005, posting a 9-7 record while setting career bests in ERA (3.13), innings pitched (198.3) and strikeouts (185) in 31 starts. On August 4 of that year, he pitched his first career complete game shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with Washington winning that game 7-0. In 2009, Patterson's four hit shutout was named the greatest pitching performance in Nationals history by Washington Post baseball writer Dave Sheinin.
In 2007, he started the year dismally, going 1-5 in seven starts with an ERA of 7.47. He went back on the DL on May 7, with elbow inflammation. He did not pitch the rest of the season, eventually opting for surgery in September.
On March 20, 2008, the Nationals released Patterson after four years with the franchise. Patterson had struggled the last couple of seasons with right forearm problems and nerve problems which forced him to miss most of the 2007 season. On March 24, 2008, Patterson signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. He was released on May 24.
- Sheinin, Dave. "The List: Best-Pitched Games in Nationals History". The Washington Post. May 6, 2009.
- Associated Press. "Patterson Speaks After Treatment in Toronto" ESPN.com. August 2, 2007.
- Press release. "Nationals RHP John Patterson has successful exploratory surgery on right forearm". mlb.com. July 20, 2006.
- Ladson, Bill. "Patterson Released by Nationals". mlb.com. March 20, 2008.
- Ladson, Bill. "Pitcher Patterson Retiring from Baseball". mlb.com. January 7, 2009
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
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