June 6, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. -- Two-time All-Big West Conference senior infielder Steven Patterson became the first Aggie since 2012 to be selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, taken in the 10th round by the Cleveland Indians on day two of the draft, Friday afternoon.
Patterson, the 308th overall pick, is the highest Aggie to be selected since right-handed pitcher Scott Lyman was taken in the 10th round (313th overall) by the then-Florida Marlins in 2011. The Stockon, Calif., native becomes the 47th UC Davis baseball player to be selected in the first-year draft since 1970 and the first infielder since Justin Schafer was picked by the New York Mets in 2010.
Patterson joins outfielder Ryan Royster (44th Round in 2007) as the only Aggies to be drafted by Cleveland. Royster, however, did not sign following his junior season, returning to UC Davis and improving his stock as a 13th-round selection by the Seattle Mariners a year later as a senior.
A career .325 hitter in two seasons with the Aggies after transferring from San Joaquin Delta College, Patterson was an All-Big West Conference Second Team selection in 2014, batting .326 with 19 runs scored, seven doubles, four triples, a home run, and 24 RBI, despite missing a month due to a foot injury suffered when he was hit by a pitch against Sacramento State on April 15.
Upon his return to the lineup against the Hornets on May 13, Patterson closed the season on a tear, batting .348 (8-for-23) over the final eight games of the regular season, with five walks, three runs scored, and four RBI.
One of 30 nationwide nominees for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award, Patterson also slugged .451 on the year and had an on-base percentage of .436, finishing with 15 multi-hit games and six more contests with two-or-more RBI.
The 2014 First-Year Player Draft concludes on Saturday with rounds 11-40 beginning at 10 a.m. PT. Complete coverage is available at MLB.com.
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