2010 Orioles Retrospective: Troy Patton

It’s a little hard to believe that Troy Patton has been with the Orioles’ organization for three years now – longer than he spent with Houston – but it’s been quite a while since he came over in the Miguel Tejada trade. Patton’s never regained the prospect status he had before his shoulder injury, but the (now) 25 year-old had a passable season in Triple-A. His strike-out rate of 5.9 K/9 and walk rate of 2.9 BB/9 are pretty consistent with the marks he’s posted throughout his minor league career, as are the 4.43 ERA and 4.45 FIP (in the years when his home run rate wasn’t way lower than it had any right being). Those numbers look a lot better from a 22 year-old though, and there’s not much left to dream on at this point. Patton got into one game as an Oriole, facing four batters and recording two outs (one via K) plus a walk and a double. Looking at his minor league platoon splits this year:

K/9 BB/9 HR/9 ~FIP
vs. LHH 7.5 1.0 0.6 2.75
vs. RHH 5.1 3.7 1.2 5.02

Looks like Patton might be especially effective against lefties (the Pitch/FX data is obviously very limited, but it does look like Patton comes from a more three-quarters angle with his delivery), which could give him a career boost seeing as how he’s probably limited to being a bullpen arm now (at best). I frankly don’t a ton of major league success – unless it’s as the 6th or 7th man in the pen – but I’m happy for Patton that he was able to make it back to the Show for the first time since a brief appearance in 2007.