2017 salary: N/A
Contract status: Under team control until available for arbitration in 2020
Last season, Jordan Patterson got the chance to show that he could play at the Major League level. In 18 at-bats, he posted a .444 average and knocked in a pair of runs in September call-up action.
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This season, Patterson got a sniff of the big leagues again, being called up on June 7 when Gerardo Parra was placed on the disabled list. The very next day, the 25-year-old left-handed-hitting Patterson was sent back to Triple-A.
A fourth-round pick of the Rockies in the 2013 draft, Patterson has a .286 overall minor league batting average. However, his .266 average so far this season at Triple-A is the lowest of his career.
Trade potential: Patterson could well have a hard time finding a place to fit into Colorado’s crowded outfield. The Rockies have tried him at first base as well, seemingly working to find a spot for him in the future of the organization. However, with Ian Desmond signed to a long-term contract in the offseason, Patterson holding down Colorado’s future at first seems unlikely.
A change of scenery could do him good and provide him a place to finally make an impact in the Major Leagues. If the Rockies are looking to package young players in a deal, don’t be surprised if Patterson’s name is mentioned frequently.