The major league road has been a long and winding one for Eric Patterson.
He’s been back-and-fourth from coast to coast…bounced up and down from the minor leagues…and been a prized trade-piece in several notable deals along the way.
Since being drafted by Chicago in the eighth round of the 2004 draft, Patterson has changed teams three times since his Cubs debut in August 2007.
Much like his older brother, Corey, the younger Patterson has been coveted for his potential, which has yet to turn into production.
Jim Hendry dealt Eric, along with Josh Donaldson, Sean Gallagher & Matt Murton, to Oakland in exchange for Chad Gaudin & Rich Harden in July 2008.
Less than two years later, the A’s pitched Patterson to Boston for Fabian Williamson in June 2010.
That December, the Red Sox then sent Patterson packing to San Diego as the player to be named later in the Adrian Gonzalez deal.
And now here rests Patterson again in Chicago–only this time as a big league backup on the Padres. However, the wiry utility-man has yet to make his mark above Triple-A.
With San Diego this season he’s batting 1-for-12 (.083), made just three starts and flied out as a pinch hitter Monday night against the Cubs.
Although Patterson once ranked as high as the Cubs’ sixth best prospect, at 28-years-old it’s a stretch to considered him any kind of prospect.
But even if Eric fades with San Diego…traded, released or otherwise, chances are he won’t be out of the game for long. Somehow, the Patterson brothers always find a way…even when the potential is all gone.