Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight the 2019 season of Buffalo’s Jordan Patterson and the Vancouver’s Trevor Schwecke
1B/RF Jordan Patterson
The former 4th round selection of the Colorado Rockies in the 2013 Draft, Jordan Patterson was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on March 26th, 2019 and assigned to the Buffalo Bisons. He appeared in 104 games with the Bisons, spending the entire in Triple-A. The 6-foot-4 1st baseman/outfielder struggled in April and August, batting .183 with 5 doubles, one home run, and 6/25 BB/K in 20 games in April. He batted just .167 with a double, two home runs, and 1/20 BB/K in 14 games in August.
Patterson was a solid contributor between April and August. He batted .254 with 3 doubles, a triple, and 3 home runs in 21GP in May. Patterson had his best month of 2019 in June with a .280BA with 3 doubles, 7 home runs, and 18RBI but struck out 33 times in 25 games. July saw Patterson bat .259 with 7 doubles, a triple, and 3 home runs in 23 games.
In his 7th minor league season, Jordan Patterson would finish with a .234 batting average, 19 doubles, 2 triples, 16 home runs, 47RBI, striking out 129 times, and walking 24 times in 104games. His production was slightly below league average with a .318wOBA and 85wRC+.
The native of Mobile, AL., produced his lowest ISO since 2016 with a .198ISO. He would split his time batting 6th and 8th (21GP each) with a sprinkling of games at 2nd (8GP), 4th (13GP), 5th (12GP), 7th (16GP), and 9th (12GP). He slashed just .135/.210/.324 batting 6th but slashed .282/.329/.465 batting 8th. Patterson posted his best slash line batting 7th with a .327/.400/.558.
Patterson posted a career-high with a 32.2K% while posting roughly around his career average in BB% with a 6.0% mark. He generated line drives in 22.3% of his at-bats while producing flyballs 30.4% and groundballs 47.3%. As you’d expect, Patterson is an extreme pull hitter, pulling the ball 46.4% of his at-bats.
In the field, Patterson split his time between 1B (64 games) and RF (37 games). He committed 3 errors with a .994FPCT at 1st base and 2 errors with 4 outfield assists in RF.
Home: .244BA with 10 2B, 1 3B, 9 HR, 27RBI, and a .771OPS
Away: .223BA with 9 2B, 1 3B, 7HR, 20RBI, and .709OPS
Most Productive Game
On June 16th, Jordan Patterson went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs, 2 runs, and 6RBI. He came up a single shy of hitting for the cycle on July 24th, going 3-for-5 with a season-high 9 total bases but only 2RBI. Patterson went 3-for-3 on July 1st with 7 total bases with a double and a HR. His June 16th game with 8 total bases and 6RBI was by far his most productive.
Jordan Patterson is a minor league free agent. He will get another chance at providing an organization Triple-A depth.
INF Trevor Schwecke
Selected in the 13th round of the 2019 Draft, Trevor Schwecke was assigned to the Vancouver Canadians on June 13th. He made his professional debut on June 14th and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
The young infielder got off to a slow start, batting .232 with three doubles, 2RBI, 2SB, and 8/20 BB/K in 15GP in June. He exploded with a .330 batting average, 6 doubles, a triple, 14RBI, 14/16 BB/K, and 3SB in 23GP in July. Unfortunately, August was not very good for Schwecke. He batted just .100 with one double, his 1st professional HR, 6RBI, and 12/30 BB/K in 21GP.
Trevor batted .285 with 7 doubles, a triple, and 12RBI in 33GP in the 1st half. This was good enough to be added to the Mid-Season All-Star game. He batted just .163 with 3 doubles and 2HR in 28GP in the 2nd half.
The 21-yr-old finished with a .231 batting average, 10 doubles, a triple, 2 HR, 23RBI, 5 stolen bases, and a .648OPS in 61 games. He spend the majority of the season batting 2nd (20GP) where he batted just .165 with a .499OPS. Schwecke batted leadoff (8GP), 3rd (7GP), 4th (3GP), 5th (11GP), 6th (2GP), 7th (5GP), and 8th (5GP).
Trevor Schwecke produced a .316wOBA and 93wRC+ while posting a .081ISO on a .320BABIP. His plate discipline was decent with a 13.1BB% and 26.2K%. Schwecke pulled the ball in 41.7% of his at-bats, sending 38.5% balls in play to the opposite field. Trevor needs to do a better job of putting the ball in the air, hitting just 27.2FB% and 48.3GB%. Schwecke finished with a nice 24.5LD%.
In the field, Trevor Schwecke played 26 games at 1st base where he committed 3 errors for a .985FPCT. Schwecke also played 14 games at 3rd base, committing 4 errors. He played 10 games at SS, committing 2 errors. Lastly, he played 8 games at 2B, committing 1 error. If you weren’t counting, that was 10 errors in 53 games.
Home: .196BA with 5 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 11RBI, and .594OPS
Away: .261BA with 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 12RBI, and .695OPS
LHP: .227/.370/.341 (23AB)
Most Productive Game
On July 6th, Trevor Schwecke went 5-for-6 with two runs scored, 5 singles, and 2RBI. Trevor had two other games with 5 total bases, July 20th and July 29th. He had three 3-hit games, two games with 2 doubles, and one game with 3RBI.
Despite playing the majority of his games at 1st base, Trevor Schwecke is not a 1st baseman. Schwecke will join the Lansing Lugnuts in 2020 and should fill a utility role. Drafted as a SS, Schwecke is unlikely to see much time there with Leonardo Jimenez, Tanner Morris, Luis De Los Santos, Ronny Brito, and Cameron Eden all possible options to play shortstop for the Lugnuts in 2020.
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