White Sox sign former Rev Eric Patterson
The Chicago White Sox have signed former York Revolution outfielder Eric Patterson to a minor league deal.
The news was first reported Wednesday by the Chicago Tribune.
Patterson, a former big leaguer, began the 2013 season in York by going 19-for-86 (.221) in his first 21 games, but then compiled a .301 average (53-for-176) in his last 41 games with the Revs before being picked up by the Milwaukee Brewers on July 12. He left York with the team lead in home runs (13), triples (six) and runs scored (54) while sitting third on the team in RBIs (38), hits (72) and doubles (15). He went on to bat just .204 in 38 games for the Brewers’ Class AA Huntsville affiliate.
This will mark Patterson’s first time playing in the White Sox organization in what will be his 10th pro season in 2014. The utility man has 226 games of big league experience, last playing there in 2012 with the San Diego Padres.
Patterson, who will turn 31 in April, is the fourth former York Revolution player to sign a minor league deal with a big league club over the off-season, joining starting pitcher Ryan Feierabend (Texas Rangers), relief pitcher Josh Judy (Los Angeles Dodgers) and third baseman Andy Marte (Arizona Diamondbacks). Marte was actually included among a list released Wednesday by the Diamondbacks of 27 non-roster invitees to the club’s big league spring training camp.
Also, former Revs’ pitcher Ian Thomas will likely be back in the minor league system of the Atlanta Braves in 2014 while former York pitcher Scott Rice is expected to return to the New York Mets’ bullpen.
For more on Patterson’s background, click here for a feature story from last June when he chatted with me for a good 20 minutes on his career to that point.