The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton from the Texas Rangers for minor league infielder Frandy Delarosa. The club's 40-man roster now stands at 33 players.
Patton, 27, broke into the big leagues with Texas in 2014 and went 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) in nine big league relief appearances before splitting the 2015 campaign between the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock. Patton went 2-0 with 11 saves and a 1.67 ERA (5 ER/27.0 IP) in 26 Triple-A relief outings and went 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA (24 ER/24.0 IP) in 27 big league relief outings. Overall, Patton is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA (25 ER/33.1 IP) in 36 major league relief outings the last two years, averaging more than one strikeout per inning with 36 strikeouts in 33.1 frames.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Patton has gone 15-14 with 33 saves and a 3.49 ERA (104 ER/268.1 IP) in 147 career minor league appearances, all but 12 in relief, covering five minor league campaigns. He has struck out 364 batters in 268.1 innings pitched, an average of 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Patton was named to the 2014 Pacific Coast League All-Star team.
Patton is a native of Urbana, Ill. and was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 24th round of the 2011 Draft out of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He was acquired by Texas for righthander Jason Frasor on July 16, 2014.
Delarosa, 19, batted .273 (70-for-256) with 20 doubles, two triples, no home runs and 30 RBI in 62 games for short-season Single-A Eugene last season. He originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2012.