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Full Name: Donald Corey Patterson Primary Position: OF,CF
Height/Weight: 5' 10"/175 First Game: September 18, 2000
Birthdate: August 13, 1979 MLB Experience: 7 years
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia
Bat/Throw: Left/Right


Biography

In 2000, Corey Patterson sat atop the Cubs organization as their best overall prospect. From 2000-01 he hit .208 in his first 70 career games; however, everyone knew great things would come. In 2002 Don Baylor went against the initial plan to bat Patterson in the 7th and 8th slot. He was moved to the leadoff spot and then later to the second spot in the order.

At only 22 years old and with a mound of potential, Patterson's first full season displayed some strengths and revealed some weaknesses. Speed stuck out as his most valuable asset. He stole 18 bases while only getting caught three times, not to mention 5 triples. Fourteen homeruns and thirty doubles in 592 ABs showed his potential to become a 20-20 player in the near future. Unfortunately, the Cubs management did not close their eyes as he recorded a 142:19 K:BB ratio. With only a .284 OBP, the Chicago organization started turning sour on the youngster.

2003 was bittersweet for Corey. From a production standpoint, Patterson started to break through. His line improved from 2002's .253/.284/.392 to a much more appetizing .298/.329/.511. Stolen bases remained a part of his game with 16, although with less success (5 CS). Also, Patterson nearly matched his 2002 HR total of 14 by hitting 13 in only 329 at bats. That was the sweet, here is the bitter. A knee injury shortened Patterson's breakout campaign and he still showed no discipline at the plate. The new K:BB ratio remained ugly at 77:15.

Following the injury-shortened year, Patterson took a step back in 2004; yet he was still an average centerfielder. The promise of a 20-20 season was fulfilled as he hit 24 HRs and stole 32 bases. Sadly his OPS fell from .840 in 2003 to a less astounding .772. There was a hidden gem in the seemingly disappointing season. While he still piled up 168 strikeouts, his walks climbed to 45, crushing his previous high of 19.

With added patience, 2005 had Patterson fans excited for a huge year. Unfortunately, what was to come resembled a player with no right to be in the majors. In 415 ABs, his OBP dropped to .254. It appeared as if the former can't-miss prospect was a miss.

On January 9, 2006, Patterson's time with the Cubs was over. They traded him to the Baltimore Orioles for potentially valuable minor league second baseman Nate Spears and worthless lefty pitcher Carlos Perez. With the Orioles not expecting a playoff berth in 2006, this looked like a reasonable risk.

Scouting Report

A frustrating former prospect who never fulfilled his potential... Patterson is an impatient hitter with little in the way of strike zone judgment... His contact skills are average at best... Decent power, good speed... Can't hit lefties... Generally an ineffective offensive player... Defense is inconsistent.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2000 CHI N 11 42 9 7 2 2 .167 .239 .333 1 0 3 14 1 1 1 0 0
2001 CHI N 59 131 26 29 4 14 .221 .266 .336 3 0 6 33 3 2 4 0 1
2002 CHI N 153 592 71 150 14 54 .253 .284 .392 30 5 19 142 8 4 18 1 8
2003 CHI N 83 329 49 98 13 55 .298 .329 .511 17 7 15 77 1 0 16 2 5
2004 CHI N 157 631 91 168 24 72 .266 .320 .452 33 6 45 168 5 5 32 7 7
2005 CHI N 126 451 47 97 13 34 .215 .254 .348 15 3 23 118 1 5 15 3 5
2006 BAL A 135 463 75 128 16 53 .276 .314 .443 19 5 21 94 5 8 45 5 0
2007 BAL A 132 461 65 124 8 45 .269 .304 .386 26 2 21 65 4 13 37 1 3
Total NL 589 2176 293 549 70 231 .252 .293 .414 99 21 111 552 19 17 86 13 26
Total AL 267 924 140 252 24 98 .273 .309 .415 45 7 42 159 9 21 82 6 3
Total 856 3100 433 801 94 329 .258 .298 .414 144 28 153 711 28 38 168 19 29

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2000 CHI N CF 11 9 85.2 26 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .963
2000 CHI N OF 11 9 85.2 26 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .963
2001 CHI N LF 13 2 38.2 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2001 CHI N OF 54 26 286.1 82 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .976
2001 CHI N RF 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2001 CHI N CF 45 24 244.2 70 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .972
2002 CHI N CF 147 136 1217.1 302 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2002 CHI N OF 147 136 1217.1 302 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2003 CHI N OF 82 79 710.1 152 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .975
2003 CHI N CF 82 79 710.1 152 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .975
2004 CHI N OF 157 152 1367.2 324 8 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 .997
2004 CHI N CF 157 152 1367.2 324 8 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 .997
2005 CHI N OF 122 111 986.2 239 6 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .980
2005 CHI N CF 122 111 986.2 239 6 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .980
2006 BAL A CF 134 122 1078.2 345 7 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 .989
2006 BAL A OF 134 122 1078.2 345 7 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 .989
2007 BAL A CF 132 118 1057.1 281 8 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2007 BAL A OF 132 118 1057.1 281 8 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .990
Total OF 839 753 6790 1751 37 23 14 0 0 0 0 0 .987
Total CF 830 751 6748.1 1739 37 23 14 0 0 0 0 0 .987
Total RF 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total LF 13 2 38.2 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000

Transactions

  • Selected by Chicago Cubs in the 1st round (3rd pick overall) of the free-agent draft (June 2, 1998 - signed September 18, 1998).
  • Traded by Chicago Cubs to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Nate Spears and Carlos Perez (January 9, 2006).

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