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  1. That cat could cover an insane amount of ground. I went to an Angels/Orioles game a few years back and watched Corey Patterson fly around like he had a rocket on his back, turning hits into outs, over and over and over again. It was a superhuman performance and I have never been able to get those images out of my head.

    Comment by Choo — November 18, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

  2. Michael Bourn looks like the new Patterson. OK age-24 year, poor age-25 year, OK age-26 year…..

    Comment by LeeTro — November 18, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

  3. I’d project Patterson as a passable player-

    -20 wRAA
    +8 UZR
    +2.5 Fielding

    About 1WAR or so over the course of the season. Better than Delmon Young….

    Comment by lookatthosetwins — November 18, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

  4. He had a very good year in 2004, also, playing good defense in center and average offense. His line-drive rate in 2003 was over 24% — not something he could expect to keep up, and that was probably responsible for his high ISO and BABIP that year. But Cubs fans just saw a drop in batting average and lots of strikeouts, and called it a disappointing season.

    Now 2005… that was a disappointing season.

    Comment by Al Dimond — November 18, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

  5. ok, let’s not lump all cubs fans together, now. patterson had an issue with high fastballs and the league caught on to that. if he only knew how to take pitches he could have been devastating.

    Comment by shilzzz — November 19, 2009 @ 12:26 am

  6. Why is it UZR/150 and not UZR/162? Wouldn’t UZR/162 be a much better indicator of a full year’s worth of defense?

    Comment by Mike — November 19, 2009 @ 12:52 am

  7. I’m guessing the average starter only plays about 150 games a season.

    Comment by Dave R — November 19, 2009 @ 1:52 am

  8. I believe a “defensive game played” is not identical to an “actual game played”–based on number of defensive chances.

    Someone with more knowledge might be able to help more with this, but I think a “full season” comes out, on average, to about 150 defensive games played.

    Correct me if I’m wrong.

    Comment by Jon — November 19, 2009 @ 9:07 am

  9. I do not know. His bat is really anemic. I would wager he is among the weakest hitters in the game. Plus, he defense last season did not look as good as previous years. Still very good though.

    Comment by PhD Brian — November 19, 2009 @ 1:57 pm

  10. Maybe. I think +8 UZR is generous for a guy who’s +8.8 his whole career and hasn’t been a plus CF since 2006. He turned thirty in August and has never had a skill set that would age well. (Speed is one of the first things to go; he’s never been a contact hitter; he can’t take a pitch, so he wasn’t going to learn to walk his way into valuable.)

    Comment by Fresh Hops — November 19, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

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