John Patterson (pitcher)
Patterson with the Washington Nationals
January 30, 1978 |
|July 20, 2002, for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 5, 2007, for the Washington Nationals|
|Earned run average||4.32|
|Competitor for the United States|
|Pan American Games|
|1999 Winnipeg||Team competition|
A USA Today prep All-American in his senior year at West Orange-Stark (Texas) 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 earned run average (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 relief pitcher.
Always filled with immense potential – he featured a fastball in the mid-90s (miles per hour) along with a big curveball and a sharp slider – Patterson started to realize it while pitching for Montreal 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 for Washington while setting career bests in ERA (3.13), innings pitched (198.3), and strikeouts (185) in 31 starts. On August 4, 2005, he pitched his first career complete game shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with Washington winning 7-0. In 2009, Washington Post baseball writer Dave Sheinin named Patterson's performance the greatest pitching performance in Nationals history at that time.
In 2007, Patterson started the year dismally, going 1-5 in seven starts with an ERA of 7.47. His struggles with right forearm and nerve problems that had begun in 2006 continued. He went back on the disabled list on May 7, 2007, with elbow inflammation. He did not pitch the rest of the season, eventually opting for surgery in September 2007. On March 20, 2008, the Nationals released him after four years with the franchise.
On March 24, 2008, Patterson signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. He was released on May 24, 2008. Unable to overcome the pain in his right forearm, he announced his retirement from baseball on January 7, 2009.
- 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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