According to the Cincinnati Reds Twitter page, the Reds have claimed former Colorado Rockies first baseman and outfielder Jordan Patterson off waivers from the New York Mets, just a few days after the Mets claimed him off waivers from the Rockies.
It has been a rough week or two for former Rockie Jordan Patterson as he is jumping to his third team this week. The Rockies designated him for assignment last week to give some other prospects room on the 40-man roster which, therefore, means that they cannot be part of the Rule Five Draft, which will take place in less than two weeks in Las Vegas to conclude the Winter Meetings.
Patterson, who was ranked as the Rockies #16 prospect when he was designated for assignment, had a peculiar career with the Rockies as he was never really given a fair shake but he always played very well in Triple-A for the Rockies. In the past three seasons, he averaged 22 home runs, 76 RBI, and a .282/.363/.516 slash line in Albuquerque.
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As a result, one could surmise that he is one of the victims of the philosophy of Jeff Bridich and company.
He spoke on that philosophy in September when he told ESPN that “we’re not in the business of gifting opportunities to young players just because they happen to be in the organization. They have to earn it.”
He clarified the comments to Purple Row later by saying that it was “really more of a comment on how we operate. Just because you’re young and you’re talented, there’s always certain things that need to be done, whether it’s a position player or a pitcher in order to make sure that you show everybody that you’re ready to take on the responsibility of not just playing at the major league level, but winning games at the major league level and contributing to that group effort.”
When asked about what young players had to show, Bridich said that they look at “their baseball IQ, their ability to handle adversity and failure, and the belief that they’re ready for the responsibility of winning. There are individual responsibilities and there are responsibilities from the group and how you show up every day, how you work.”
You can read more about his comments in this article from Purple Row.
So, whether Patterson was DFA’d based on a low baseball IQ or some other reason that we will probably never know, he is now with the Reds, who are looking to improve on their 67 win season last year, that also saw them go through 2 managers.
The Reds don’t have much depth in the outfield so Patterson may be able to make the team and if so, playing at Great American Ballpark is similar to playing at Coors Field so he may be able to find his way with the Reds.