2012 Pioneers Infielder Patterson Selected by Cleveland in MLB Draft
College baseball players head to teams like the Elmira Pioneers every summer with designs at sharpening their abilities and just maybe catching the eyes of major league scouts. For Steven Patterson, an infielder with the Pioneers in 2012, that is exactly what took place on day two of the 2014 MLB Draft.
Entering the summer of 2012, Steven Patterson faced a key turning point in his baseball career as he prepared to transfer from San Joaquin Delta College to UC Davis. Could he work his way into a starting role with the Aggies’ Division I program and earn the opportunity to play baseball professionally? To give him the best chance of doing just that, Patterson headed to Elmira to be the Pioneers' starting third baseman, and he could not have made a better choice.
In 45 games with the Pioneers, Patterson hit .307 with 9 doubles, 5 triples, 6 home runs, 20 RBI, and 8 stolen bases. He led Elmira in home runs, triples, extra-base hits, and walks. Overall, Patterson walked an incredible 30 times against only 16 strikeouts on his way to a .419 on-base percentage. For his efforts, he was a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star and earned All-PGCBL first-team honors. It was an incredible season, and it was enough to spur him to success as he began his career at UC Davis.
The last two years with the Aggies, Patterson hit .324 with 19 doubles, 3 home runs, and 57 RBI in 348 at-bats. He also kept up his great plate discipline, walking 39 times against 29 strikeouts. Ever since his stint with the Pioneers, Patterson has hit in every place he has gone, and the Cleveland Indians took notice as they selected him in the 10th round of this year's draft. Congrats to Patterson, and best of luck to him as he starts his journey to become the latest Elmira Pioneers player to make the major leagues.
Hoping to see the next Pioneer that works his way into the pro ranks? Come to Dunn Field tonight for the Pioneers' game against the Newark Pilots at 7:05 PM with mega fireworks afterwards brought to you by First Transit.
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