AROUND THE FARM: PATTON
In this week’s look “Around the Farm” we take a look at Dunedin OF Cory Patton.
Patton was selected to play in the Florida State League All-Star game last month where he was hit-less in one at-bat. In each of his three professional seasons Patton has been named to the Mid-Season All-Star team, (New York-Penn League ’05, Midwest Leagues ’06).
The 24-year old Patton was selected by the Jays in the 6th round of the 2004 draft out of Texas A&M where he hit .326 with 11 HR and 67 RBI in his senior year. In his junior year he hit .331 with 13 HR and 58 RBI in his junior year and was drafted in the 6th round by the Padres but did not sign.
The Owasso, Kansas native spent his first two years of college ball at Seward County Community College in Kansas where he was the Conference Freshman of the Year in 2001. In 2002 Patton was named the National JUCO Player of the Year and NJCAA Male Athlete of the Year after hitting .463 with 31 HR and 120 RBI in 238 at-bats, and also was 8-1 as a pitcher.
The 5’10” left-handed swinging outfielder was assigned to Auburn in the New York Penn League after being drafted and led the league in HR with 14. Last season Patton combined to hit 21 HR and collect 88 RBI between Single-A Lansing and Single-A Dunedin.
When he was promoted to Dunedin from Lansing last season he started out by going 0-12. How did he respond to the slow start? Well how about tying a Dunedin record with 10 RBI in his next game including two home runs.
As the Blue Jays do more than anyone in baseball, Patton was one of many Minor Leaguers who played in Major League Spring Training games this season. As Patton has done throughout his career he made the most of his opportunity going 3-7 with a triple while appearing in six games.
If Patton continues to hit as he has done throughout his four year professional career, it won’t be the last time you see him in a Jays uniform.