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Mariners release Corey Patterson

Jun 7, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

Corey Patterson walkoff homer

This might be the end of the line for former No. 3 overall pick and one-time stud prospect Corey Patterson, as the Mariners have released him from their Triple-A team.

Patterson signed a minor-league deal with Seattle last month, but the 33-year-old outfielder hit .175 with a 16/3 K/BB ratio in 19 games at Triple-A.

Baseball America‘s annual prospect list ranked him No. 3 in 2000 and No. 2 in 2001, but he’s a career .252 hitter with a .691 OPS in 1,230 games as a big leaguer and hasn’t played in the majors since 2011.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    It’s a shame he was never able to put all those tools together. I heard he was a good guy. He always reminded me of another Georgia high schooler with a lot of tools, George Lombard. He played much longer than Lombard did, though, so at least he’s got that going for him. Which is nice.

  2. jonrox - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Don’t tell Dusty Baker

    • mazblast - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      That is exactly what I was thinking.

      Then I said to myself, “You’re a Pirates fan. Shouldn’t you WANT Patterson to be a Red again?”

  3. albertmn - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    If he were a left handed pitcher, aka Dontrelle Willis, he might get another look. But, he is likely done if he can’t hit at AAA, unless he wants to go the independent league route and hope. Hopefully, he saved at least some of the estimated $14+ million he earned and can live a happy life after baseball.

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