Patterson Takes It Slow and Steady

Most guys who can make it to professional baseball aren't intimidated by much. But when you come to the plate and you're looking at a guy on the mound that is almost a foot above you, it's a little scarier than facing off against Mugsy Bogues. That's the advantage Paul David Patterson, an imposing 6-foot-7 inches tall, has every time he toes the rubber.

Patterson is back in Charleston this season after having a cup of coffee there to end his 2006 campaign. He had a successful first year split between Staten Island and Charleston with a 3.72 ERA in 17 games and registering 22 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings with just eleven walks.

He has been used as a reliever professionally after starting most of his college career at a junior college close to his home in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

"Looking back on it, it was definitely a better decision than jumping right into a four-year school," Paul David Patterson told us. "I got a lot of time to work and get better, a definite learning experience. I also got a better chance to pitch earlier too."

His family is extremely important to him. His father is an evangelical preacher, while his mother is a stay at home mom. So after those two years, he decided to stay close to home again and attend Northern Kentucky University.

He suffered a stress fracture in his back during his junior year and decided against signing with the Seattle Mariners out of the 44th round.

It was a wise decision. He came back and pitched lights-out as a senior, posting a 1.92 ERA while opposing batters mustered a .196 OBA.

The Yankees noticed and drafted him in the 16th round last year. He believes the little time he spent in Charleston will only help him this season.

"It helped me prepare this offseason because I knew what to expect having pitched here a little last season," the 22-year old said. "The crowd here is great. There's a great atmosphere here and I enjoyed my time last year."

This offseason, Patterson hired a personal trainer and added twenty pounds to boost his weight up to 220, and there is still plenty of room for him to fill out some more.

He features three pitches, a two-seam fastball, curveball, and a circle change. He rates his change and fastball above his curveball but is working on the pitch with Charleston Pitching Coach Carlos Reyes.

Patterson will turn 23 in early May, so he isn't exactly a spring chicken for the South Atlantic League, but he isn't very worried about where he's at in the organization.

"I just want to keep playing and improve," the right-hander told PinstripesPlus.com. "I just have to work on my own skills and get better. My goal is to always get better, and if that happens, I'll keep moving up."

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\r\n \r\n \r\nPatterson is back in Charleston this season after having a cup of coffee there to end his 2006 campaign. He had a successful first year split between Staten Island and Charleston with a 3.72 ERA in 17 games and registering 22 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings with just eleven walks.
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\r\nHe has been used as a reliever professionally after starting most of his college career at a junior college close to his home in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
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\r\n\"Looking back on it, it was definitely a better decision than jumping right into a four-year school,\" Paul David Patterson told us. \"I got a lot of time to work and get better, a definite learning experience. I also got a better chance to pitch earlier too.\"
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\r\nHis family is extremely important to him. His father is an evangelical preacher, while his mother is a stay at home mom. So after those two years, he decided to stay close to home again and attend Northern Kentucky University.
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\r\nHe suffered a stress fracture in his back during his junior year and decided against signing with the Seattle Mariners out of the 44th round.
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\r\nIt was a wise decision. He came back and pitched lights-out as a senior, posting a 1.92 ERA while opposing batters mustered a .196 OBA.
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\r\nThe Yankees noticed and drafted him in the 16th round last year. He believes the little time he spent in Charleston will only help him this season.
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\r\n\"It helped me prepare this offseason because I knew what to expect having pitched here a little last season,\" the 22-year old said. \"The crowd here is great. There's a great atmosphere here and I enjoyed my time last year.\"
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\r\nThis offseason, Patterson hired a personal trainer and added twenty pounds to boost his weight up to 220, and there is still plenty of room for him to fill out some more.
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\r\nHe features three pitches, a two-seam fastball, curveball, and a circle change. He rates his change and fastball above his curveball but is working on the pitch with Charleston Pitching Coach Carlos Reyes.
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\r\nPatterson will turn 23 in early May, so he isn't exactly a spring chicken for the South Atlantic League, but he isn't very worried about where he's at in the organization.
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\r\n\"I just want to keep playing and improve,\" the right-hander told PinstripesPlus.com. \"I just have to work on my own skills and get better. My goal is to always get better, and if that happens, I'll keep moving up.\"
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