Patterson Has Little Left To Prove

Scott Patterson has been not only dominating Eastern League batters to the tune of a 0.96 ERA in 39 games for the Trenton Thunder, but he has been doing it consistently all season long. And with a 0.33 ERA in his last 18 appearances, he realizes he has little to prove in Double-A.

"I'll tell you what, I feel great," Scott Patterson said of his season thus far. "I went through a little dead arm stage where the velocity wasn't quite there, but the velocity is back and the curveball has been there all year. I needed to get rid of that dead arm. I guess everybody goes through it and I'm just feeling great right now."

Patterson, who has walked a batter in just nine of his 39 games this season and has held opposing batters to .118 batting average this month, says there isn't much else he can do.

"I don't know what I need to improve on," he said when asked if he has been disappointed seeing guys promoted instead of him. "I guess I need to work a little bit more on my slider, throwing it more. I can't say that I'm disappointed."

"It's fun when you're putting up these kinds of numbers, but you really want to move up. It's kind of like, what more can you prove to get up there? But I'm having a fun time. As long as I'm on the hill toting a baseball, I'm happy."

While Trenton pitching coach Scott Aldred would like to see Patterson, who sits 89-92 MPH with his fastball, make some progress with his curveball and slider, Patterson himself believes he has really opened some eyes in the organization this season.

"I see myself up there, easily," he said as to where he sees himself stacking up against the other Yankee relief pitching prospects. "I see myself being able to compete being whatever, a one or two inning guy, whatever they want me to do."

"I'm kind of versatile, I can do anything. The main thing is you've got to get guys out at whatever level you're at and I think I've been doing that. I think wherever they put me, I'm going to get guys out."

Obviously confident he is ready for the next level, Patterson believes the biggest difference between his time with the Yankees and the four seasons he spent in the Independent Leagues is going right after batters.

"Throwing a lot of strikes," he listed as the biggest stride he has made this season, "starting guys off better. I never really walked many guys. I had a good year last year, not quite as good as this year."

"I think the main thing has been just starting guys off with strikes. The first two or three balls that you throw up there, you've got to throw strikes, getting guys 1-2 or 0-2, that's the main thing."

Patterson, a free agent to be in the offseason, hopes to get his chance with the Yankees. And not only does he believe he has little left to prove at the Double-A level, but he doesn't want to change a thing.

"I don't want to change anything," he said when asked what he needs to do to get to the next level, "keep throwing strikes, keep working on the slider - and occasionally I'll throw the splitter in there - just keep working on those two pitches. I really don't want to change anything, just keep throwing strikes."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I'll tell you what, I feel great,\" Scott Patterson said of his season thus far. \"I went through a little dead arm stage where the velocity wasn't quite there, but the velocity is back and the curveball has been there all year. I needed to get rid of that dead arm. I guess everybody goes through it and I'm just feeling great right now.\"
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\r\nPatterson, who has walked a batter in just nine of his 39 games this season and has held opposing batters to .118 batting average this month, says there isn't much else he can do.
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\r\n\"I don't know what I need to improve on,\" he said when asked if he has been disappointed seeing guys promoted instead of him. \"I guess I need to work a little bit more on my slider, throwing it more. I can't say that I'm disappointed.\"
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\r\n\"It's fun when you're putting up these kinds of numbers, but you really want to move up. It's kind of like, what more can you prove to get up there? But I'm having a fun time. As long as I'm on the hill toting a baseball, I'm happy.\"
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\r\nWhile Trenton pitching coach Scott Aldred would like to see Patterson, who sits 89-92 MPH with his fastball, make some progress with his curveball and slider, Patterson himself believes he has really opened some eyes in the organization this season.
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\r\n\"I see myself up there, easily,\" he said as to where he sees himself stacking up against the other Yankee relief pitching prospects. \"I see myself being able to compete being whatever, a one or two inning guy, whatever they want me to do.\"
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\r\n\"I'm kind of versatile, I can do anything. The main thing is you've got to get guys out at whatever level you're at and I think I've been doing that. I think wherever they put me, I'm going to get guys out.\"
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\r\nObviously confident he is ready for the next level, Patterson believes the biggest difference between his time with the Yankees and the four seasons he spent in the Independent Leagues is going right after batters.
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\r\n\"Throwing a lot of strikes,\" he listed as the biggest stride he has made this season, \"starting guys off better. I never really walked many guys. I had a good year last year, not quite as good as this year.\"
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\r\n\"I think the main thing has been just starting guys off with strikes. The first two or three balls that you throw up there, you've got to throw strikes, getting guys 1-2 or 0-2, that's the main thing.\"
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\r\nPatterson, a free agent to be in the offseason, hopes to get his chance with the Yankees. And not only does he believe he has little left to prove at the Double-A level, but he doesn't want to change a thing.
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\r\n\"I don't want to change anything,\" he said when asked what he needs to do to get to the next level, \"keep throwing strikes, keep working on the slider - and occasionally I'll throw the splitter in there - just keep working on those two pitches. I really don't want to change anything, just keep throwing strikes.\"
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