Colorado Rockies: Jordan Patterson gets fresh start with New York Mets

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2: Jordan Patterson #72 of the Colorado Rockies watches his RBI double during the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2: Jordan Patterson #72 of the Colorado Rockies watches his RBI double during the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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It didn’t take long for former Colorado Rockies outfielder/first baseman Jordan Patterson to land with a new team.

Less than a week after being designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies, the 26-year-old Patterson was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets and added to the team’s 40-man roster. After not seeing a Major League at-bat since 2016 despite posting respectable minor-league numbers and etching his name in the Albuquerque Isotopes record books as the franchise’s all-time home run leader, Patterson will get a fresh start with the Mets as he attempts to kick-start his professional career.

Selected by Colorado in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB amateur draft, Patterson recorded 18 at-bats during the end of the 2016 season with the Rockies. He went 8-for-18 during that short stint, including going 6-for-10 in the final two games of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers. His only two RBI came on the last day of the season in a 6-4 loss.

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Those would be the last at-bats for Patterson in a Rockies uniform. He was recalled by Colorado for one day in 2017 and spent a very short time as a member of the Rockies last season, being officially on the active roster from July 7-10. However, Patterson did not see action during either of his recalls under the watch of manager Bud Black.

Despite solid minor league numbers (a career .285 hitter in 678 career minor league games), Patterson never seemed to be able to separate himself from a Colorado outfield crowded with prospects, including Noel Cuevas, Raimel Tapia, Mike Tauchman and others.

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Patterson’s versatility was likely one of the most attractive features for the Mets. He has just under 2,000 innings in the minors at first base and just over 3,500 frames in the outfield. During his brief playing time with the Rockies in 2016, Patterson recorded nine innings in right field, seven innings in left field and 20 innings at first base.

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