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|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?
(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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