Interview with Prospect Jeremy Patton: 2011 Cardinals Draftee
Monday December 12, 2011
Jonathan Hacohen: We are thrilled to welcome to MLB reports: 2011 St. Louis Cardinals draftee, Jeremy Patton. A steal of a pick in the 38th round, the 23-year-old Jeremy played this past year for the Batavia Muckdogs (Low-A Ball). Jeremy played nearly every position for the Muckdogs, except shortstop, catcher and pitcher. His primary position is second base, which gives him a good chance of shooting up to St. Louis in the next couple of years. Jeremy showed a very strong bat in his professional debut, which is rare for his position. I have often preached that the ideal hitter shows the “power and patience” combination. Jeremy has indeed done that. In 63 games, he popped 4 home runs, 20 doubles, while walking 30 times to 28 strikeouts. More walks than strikeouts? I’m sold! Jeremy hit .292 last season, with a .374 OBP and .451 SLG. A great start to his baseball career. But this is just the tip of the iceberg, as Jeremy begins his journey to St. Louis.
Featured on MLB reports, I proudly present my interview with Jeremy Patton – Prospect and 2011 Draft Pick of the St. Louis Cardinals:
MLB reports: Welcome to the Reports Jeremy: First question- Who was your favorite baseball player growing up, that you most idolized and patterned your game after?
MLB reports: Which current MLB star do you most admire and why?
Jeremy Patton: Derek Jeter, because you never hear his name in a negative way. When you hear his name it is always positive on and off the baseball field. And when his team needs him most, he always comes up with the big hit.
MLB reports: Reflecting on your career to-date, what are your proudest accomplishments on the baseball field?
Jeremy Patton: I feel like my greatest accomplishments were winning the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Tournament and being named the Sun Belt Conference Tournament MVP. My proudest accomplishment was being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals.
MLB reports: What are your goals going into the 2012 season?
Jeremy Patton: My goals are to make a long season team after Spring Training, then keep working my way through the minors and making it as high as possible by the end of the season.
MLB reports: Were you surprised when you were drafted in the 38th round- did you have any expectations on the draft? What was the process like signing with the Cards?
Jeremy Patton: Yes, I was surprised when I was drafted. I was even more surprised that it was by the Cardinals because I am from Missouri and I am a Cardinals fan. Yes, I was expecting to be drafted sooner than I was, but I was drafted and that is all that matters. The process was very fast. They called me on June 8th and told me that I had been drafted and they would call me in a couple of days. Then a couple of days passed and they called me and told me that they had a flight booked for me to go to Batavia, New York on June 12th to sign my contract.
MLB reports: What do you consider your greatest baseball skill(s)?
Jeremy Patton: I have always considered Hitting to be my greatest skill. I also consider my leadership to be a great skill on the baseball field.
MLB reports: What facets of your game do you most wish to improve upon?
Jeremy Patton: I want to keep improving every aspect of my game. I feel that you can never get too good at this game and there is always room for improvement.
MLB reports: How do strikeouts and walks figure into your game? Do you see any of these items changing over time and to what degree? I was very impressed with your 2011 numbers, especially the fact that you had more walks than strikeouts.
Jeremy Patton: I always try to keep my strikeouts to a minimum. The less you strikeout, the more you put the ball in play and the higher your on-base percentage. My goal every year is to have more walks than strikeouts and I don’t ever see this goal changing. (Jonathan claps and gives Jeremy a standing ovation)
MLB reports: Long term- do you see yourself as a second baseman, third baseman, outfielder or at another position? How do you view your role in the organization?
Jeremy Patton: I see myself as a second baseman, but I am versatile and willing to play whatever position they need me to. I will know more about what my role is after spring training.
MLB reports: What do you need to do in order to be successful in this game?
MLB reports: If you had to look into a crystal ball, when do you see your expected time of arrival in the big leagues and what do you think you need to do most to get there?
Jeremy Patton: I see myself in the big leagues in 2014. I need to keep improving my game and produce numbers at every level in the minors.
MLB reports: Has pro ball been everything you expected it to be thus far?
Jeremy Patton: Pro ball is everything I have always dreamed it to be. I am one step closer to my lifelong dream of playing in the big leagues.
MLB reports: What do you do for fun when you are not playing baseball?
Jeremy Patton: I like to go hunting, play golf, and spend time with family and friends.
MLB reports: Do you have a favorite pre-game meal?
Jeremy Patton: I don’t really have a favorite pre-game meal. I guess it would have to be whatever they put out, which is usually peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
MLB reports: Final Thoughts?
Jeremy Patton: Thanks for the interview and maybe we can do a follow-up when I make the big leagues
MLB reports: Maybe??!! Count on it! We would love to have you back on the Reports before then and of course, when you reach St. Louis. Good luck on the upcoming season Jeremy.
Thank you again to Jeremy Patton for taking the time to join us today on MLB reports. We highly encourage our readers to post at the bottom of the article any questions and/or comments that you may have for Jeremy. You can also find Jeremy Patton on Twitter (@PlayPat_22)
Jonathan Hacohen is the Lead Baseball Columnist & Editor for MLB reports: You can follow Jonathan on Twitter (@JHacohen)
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