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What to make of Colorado Rockies prospect Jordan Patterson

Rockies prospect report and July 3, 2017 game results from the farm system.

It’s not clear what to make of Jordan Patterson. The lefty first baseman and outfielder had a cup of major league coffee in 2016. He hit well in his 19 plate appearances, but that sample is far too small to draw any meaningful conclusions from. Prior to this season, it seemed that Patterson had a path to contributing to the major-league team. Mark Reynolds got in the way of that, however. This year, the 25-year-old Patterson is hitting .265/.338/.484 in 75 games and 311 plate appearances for Triple-A Albuquerque, including two hits and a double last night. For the season, he’s walked in about seven percent of his plate appearances and struck out in 26 percent of them.

Putting Patterson on the map of mid-20s marginal prospect outfielders leads to two contrasting comparisons. On the best case scenario side we have Charlie Blackmon. Blackmon was never ranked higher than 10 on Baseball America’s Rockies’ prospect list, and he was never a top 100 prospect. (Patterson has peaked at 13 on BA’s list, although in a deeper system.) The final year Blackmon played more in the minors than the majors was 2012, when he was 25. He split time the following year as well, while also working through injury. Finally, in 2014, Blackmon earned a starting role for the major-league team at the age of 27. He’s now one of the premier center fielders in baseball.

On the worst case scenario side of things, we have Kyle Parker, the first-rounder who made it to number four on Baseball America’s top 10 Rockies prospect list, although he was never a top 100 guy either. Parker made his way to Triple-A as a 24-year-old in 2014, when he also got some major-league playing time. He split duties between Triple-A and the majors in 2015 as well, although he played more in the minors during his age-25 season. There was a good reason for that: he couldn’t hit major-league pitching. Parker limped to the finish line in 2015, and the Rockies outrighted him off of the 40-man roster prior to the 2016 season. He played 44 games for the Cincinnati Reds’ Double-A affiliate in 2016 and is now out of baseball.

So, which way will Patterson go? The smart money is “somewhere in the middle,” although Parker-like busts are far more common than Blackmon-like transformations. To be specific about it, Patterson’s likely scenario still has him as a fourth outfielder and backup first baseman. There’s still work to do to make it there though.

Purple Row’s top 30 prospects

Tacoma 9, Albuquerque 0 Box

Ryan McMahon (no. 7 PuRP): 1-for-4, 2K

Jordan Patterson (no. 13 PuRP): 2-for-4, 2B, K

Dustin Garneau: 1-for-4, 2B

Sam Moll (no. 28 PuRP): 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, BB, K, HRA

Carlos Estévez: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Hartford 8, Portland 7 | Box

Brendan Rodgers (no. 1 PuRP): 1-for-5, K

Dom Nuñez (no. 14 PuRP): 1-for-2, 2 BB

Brian Mundell: 1-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 K

Josh Fuentes: 2-for-3, HR

Yency Almonte (no. 12 PuRP): 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K, HRA

Lancaster 11, Rancho Cucamonga 8 | Box

Garrett Hampson (no. 22 PuRP): 2-for-5, BB, K

Sam Hilliard: 1-for-5, HR 2 K

Jesus Tinoco: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HRA

J.D. Hammer: 1 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 K

Asheville 12, Greensboro 4 | Box

Carlos Herrera: 0-for-4, 2 K

Manuel Melendez: 0-for3, BB

Willie Abreu: 1-for3, HR, BB

Jacob Bosiokovic: 2-for-4, HR

Breiling Eusebio: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Spokane 5, Boise 2 | Box

Cole Anderson: 0-for-5, 3 K

Ryan Metzler: 1-for-4, HR, K

Orem 13, Grand Junction 5 | Box

Pedro González (no. 16 PuRP): 1-for-3, 3B, K

Hidekel González: 1-for-4

Chad Spanberger: 1-for-2, 3B, K

DSL Rockies 13, DSL Yankees 5 | Box

Daniel Montano (no. 21 PuRP): 1-for-5, K

Yeikel Blandin: 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Helcris Olivarez: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 4 K

Today's probables

Triple-A Albuquerque: Sam Howard

Double-A Hartford: Konner Wade

Class A Advanced Lancaster: Helmis Rodriguez

Class A Asheville: Riley Pint

Class A Short-Season Boise: TBD

Rookie Grand Junction: Justin Valdespina

Rookie DSL: TBD