Monday, March 17, 2008

Here's a story of a guy named Patterson. If Scott Patterson had never stubbed his fingers in a doorjam three years ago, he may have never taken up relief pitching. But he did, was forced out of his starter role and promptly lit up minor league batters to the tune of a 1.47 earned run average and 136 strikeouts in 116 innings. "In six games [this March], he has allowed no runs or walks in six innings, and opposing hitters are 1 for 18." I'd say Scottie's moved on from "the sleeper" to a strong candidate to make the big club out of Spring training. I've encountered Patterson while at Trenton last season and he is humble by nature, making this opportunity - at age 28 - a well deserved one.

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