John Patterson (pattejo01)
John Allen Patterson
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 160 lb.
- School Central Arizona College, Grand Canyon College
- Debut April 6, 1992
- Final Game September 26, 1995
- Born February 11, 1967 in Key West, FL USA
John Patterson was originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the third round of the January 1986 amateur draft, however he chose not to sign. In the 1988 amateur draft, the Giants took him in the 23rd round, and that time, he did choose to sign.
Patterson began his professional career in 1988 with the Everett Giants. In 232 at-bats with them, he hit .250 with no home runs, 21 stolen bases and 26 RBI. He missed the 1989 season; however in 1990, with the San Jose Giants, he collected 160 hits in 530 at-bats for a .302 batting average. In 131 games, he hit 4 home runs, scored 91 runs, drove 66 runs in and stole 29 bases. 1991 was another solid year for Patterson, who played in 117 games for the Shreveport Captains. With them, he hit .295 in 464 at-bats. He also hit 4 home runs, drove in 56 RBI and stole 41 bases.
Patterson made his big league debut on April 6, 1992 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He appeared in the game as a pinch runner for Robby Thompson. In 32 games in the majors in 1992, he hit .184 with 5 stolen bases. He played in 93 games with the Phoenix Firebirds that year as well, hitting .301 with 37 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 362 at-bats.
The following year, 1993, he appeared in 16 games for the Giants, collecting 3 hits in 16 at-bats for a .188 average. In 16 games with the Firebirds that year, he hit .235 in 68 at-bats.
He appeared in 85 games for the Giants in 1994, and in 95 games for them in 1995. He hit .238 and .205 respectively, and he stole 13 bases and 3 bases in those years. He played in his final big league game on September 26, 1995.
Overall, Patterson hit .215 in 564 big league at-bats. He stole 22 bases, scored 74 runs and drove 52 runs in. Statistically, he is most similar to Felix Martinez, according to the Similarity Scores (through May, 2008).