What more does this guy have to do to get a shot in the big leagues? Other than one blip in 2009 with Potland of the PCL, where he walked 40 in 50 innings, he's been spectacular, if not solid. I know I said that backward, but it better describes his minor league career to date. He's thrown 315 innings in his six year minor league career, walking 95 while striking out 361. With the Mariners AA and AAA clubs the last two years, he's thrown 88 innings, with a K/BB ratio of 99/15. Yes, an almost 7:1 K/BB ratio.
Now I don't know a damn thing about Scott Patterson when it comes to his stuff, his repertoire, his velocity and all, and it's probable that scouts have not really liked what they've seen, or he would've been given more of a chance before now. And I get that he's 32 already, and isn't seen as a player you look at as a major piece for the future of a rebuilding franchise. At some point, you have to look at results and want to find out if that translates to the Major League level.
There's also the Mariners current bullpen situation to consider, which hasn't been in any kind of dire straits, but you would think that another quality arm wouldn't hurt. And there may also be 40 man roster considerations. They may not feel there's enough room to add him in right now, so they're content with leaving him in Tacoma.
I hope he gets his chance. He's done everything you could hope for from a minor leaguer, it's about time
they see if he can be a valuable member of a Major League bullpen.