Saturday, August 28, 2004

Where are they now - Eric Patterson

It's sad that I have to move news of EP to the "Where are they now" segment. Story here.

A family affair

The Cubs have agreed to terms with Georgia Tech second baseman Eric Patterson, whom they selected in the eighth round of this year's draft.

The signing is notable primarily because Patterson is the younger brother of Cubs center fielder Corey Patterson.

Eric Patterson, who bats left-handed and throws right-handed, hit .326 with nine home runs, 49 RBI and 48 stolen bases last season in earning All-America honors for the second time at Georgia Tech.

He totaled 14 homers and 124 RBI in three seasons.

Eric Patterson, 21, also played for the U.S. national team in the summers of 2002 and 2003.

"It's nothing to do with him being Corey's brother, but obviously he came from a great family," Hendry said. "He has a chance to be a prototypical leadoff hitter. He runs very well."

In the 2004 season, Eric Patterson stole 48 bases for Georgia Tech and led the team with five triples. Is he faster than his brother?

"I can get him," Eric said. "Definitely, I could get him."

.....Here's another article.