Donald Corey Patterson (Corey)...A 1998 graduate of Harrison (GA) High in Kennesaw...Led Harrison to Georgia state championship as a senior (.528, 22 home runs, 61 RBI, 38 stolen bases, 38 games) and was honored asa Baseball America and USA Today First-team All-America...Was also USA Baseball's Amateur Player of the Year as asenior...In April 1998, was Sports Illustrated's Old Spice Athlete of the Month...Participated in the '97 Pan Am Championships in Brazil...Father, Don, was a defensive back with the Detroit Lions ('79) and New York Giants ('80)...Younger brother, Eric, has played in 89 big league games with the Cubs (2007) and A's (2007-09).2011Signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent on December 21, 2010...Appeared in 89 games with the Blue Jays where he hit .252 with six home runs, 16 doubles and 33 RBI...Traded along with LHP Marc Rzepczynski, RHP Octavio Dotel and RHP Edwin Jackson in exchange for OF Colby Rasmus, RHP P.J. Walters, LHP Brian Tallet and LHP Trever Miller on July 27.2010Hit .368 with a .419 OBP and .491 SLG in 15 games at Norfolk (AAA) before having contract selected May 12...BACK TO THE BIGS: In his second game with the Orioles, May 13 vs. SEA, homered and threw out Josh Wilson at theplate to end the game...Hit safely in 14 of 15 games from June 25 - July 11, batting .358...NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT:
Hit a game-tying grand slam, the first of his career in the top of nine off Neftali Feliz, July 9 at TEX as part of a season-high4-hit, 5-RBI game... Aug. 10 hit a home run off left-hander Tony Sipp at CLE, marking his first vs. a left-hander since Aug.13, 2008...PREFERS THE RIGHTIES: Hit .292 vs. RH pitchers as opposed to .207 vs. LH pitchers... Batted .289 before the All-Star Break and .234 after the break...Batted .310 with RISP and .324 with RISP/2 outs...ALL-TIME O's MARK: Became just the 8th Oriole to have at least three seasons with 20 or more steals in a year, joining Brian Roberts, Brady Anderson, Don Baylor, Al Bumbry, Luis Aparicio, Paul Blair and Alan Wiggins.2009Split the season between the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers
organizations...saw action in 16 ML games with the Nationals (5 G) and Brewers (11 G)...started the season with Syracuse (AAA) in the International League...batted .274 (72x263) with 7 homers, 40 RBI and 14 stolen bases...had contract selected on June 13 and made season debut with the Nationals that night vs. the Rays (0x1, K)...sent to the minors on June 19 and released by the Nationals on July 29...signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on Aug. 2 and reported to Nashville (AAA)...hit .331 (41x124) with 24 runs, 12 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs and 22 RBI in 29 games with the Sounds...was a September call-up for the Brewers and saw action in 16 games...went 1-for-14 (.071) with 7 strikeouts in limited action...declared free agency on Nov. 5.2008Returned to the NL, spending vast majority of season with Cincinnati...started team-high 82 games in CF...led the Reds with 10 bunt hits...blasted 100th career homer via 2-run shot, June 21 at NYY...struck out career-low 57 times.2007Played in 132 games and started 118 games in CF...Missed the last 24 games of the season after suffering a sprained left ankle on September 5 at Tampa Bay...Led the American League with 13 sacrifices and 12 bunt base hits and was 5th in the league with 26 infield hits...Tied for 4th in the AL with 37 stolen bases...Stole home on May 23 vs. Toronto as part of a double-steal, the first steal of home by an Oriole since Chris Richard, 8/31/01 vs. Seattle...Batted .319 (74-232) at Camden Yards...Hit safely in 39 of 49 games after the All-Star break, batting .313 (63-201)...Hit safely in all 8 games of the season series against Chicago, including a 4-hit game and four 2-hit games...He batted .469 (15-32) with 3 home runs, 5 RBI, 2 doubles and 3 stolen bases against the White Sox...Grounded into a double play on May 12 at Boston for the first time since 9/27/05, a span of 174 games and
612 at-bats...Set a career high with 3 stolen bases on May 27 vs. Oakland...Had 2 hits on June 19 at San Diego, his first multi-hit game since May 27...Hit safely in 10 consecutive games after the All-Star break, July 12-23, batting .439 (18-41) with seven multi-hit games over the span...Hit .381 (16-42) on the August 20-30 homestand, including his 2nd 4-hit game on the season, August 25 vs. Minnesota.2006In his first year with the Orioles, increased his batting average by 61 points over the previous season...Had a career-high 45 stolen bases, tied for 3rd in the American League with Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki...His 83.3 percentage success rate (45 of 54) was 7th in the league...Had the 3rd highest single-season SB total in club history...Joined Luis Aparicio (57 & 40), Al Bumbry (44 & 42) and Brady Anderson (53) as the only players to steal 40 or more bases in a season for the Orioles...Stole bases in a club record 9 straight games, May 25-June 7...Was the longest stretch in the majors since New York's Rickey Henderson had steals in 9 consecutive games in 1986...Was successful on 26 of his first 27 stolen base attempts of the season...Led the American League with 30 steals through the end of June...Led the AL with 17 bunt hits and was 7th in the league with 28 infield hits, according to STATS, Inc...His 8 sacrifice bunts was one behind Brandon Fahey for the team lead and tied for 10th in the league...Did not ground into a double play in 499 plate appearances, the 6th highest total without a GIDP in the last 73 seasons, according to STATS, Inc...Came to the plate in 100 GIDP situations without hitting into one, most in the majors...Detroit's Marcus Thames was next, with 0-for-65 GIDP situations...Started only 3 of the first 11 games of the season and went 1-for-15...Hit safely in 6 of the final 8 games in April, batting .382 (13-34) with 3 home runs and 9 RBI...Batted .292 with 12 stolen bases in May...Matched his career high with 2 home runs on May 30 vs. Tampa Bay and robbed the Devil Rays' Greg Norton of a game-tying homer for the final out...Reached base safely all 6 trips to the plate on May 23 at Seattle...Hit 2 doubles and a home run, walked twice and was hit by a pitch...Had a season-high 7-game hitting streak, June 3-9, batting .346 (9-26)...Also had a pair of 6-game hitting streaks in May and one in July...Went 5-for-5 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and a stolen base on July 22 at Tampa Bay, matching his career high for hits in a game...Missed 15 games with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder after hitting the wall while making a catch on August 29 at Texas...Batted .301 versus right-handed pitchers...Hit .207 against left-handed pitchers, the 3rd lowest average in the American League.2005Struggled throughout the season and saw his first AAA action since 2001...Started the season by hitting safely in his first 9 games, batting .310 (13-42) with 5 RBI...Was the Cubs' leadoff batter at the start of the season...Went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI on Opening Day at Arizona...In 4 Opening Day games for the Cubs, went 10-for-17 (.588) with a triple, 3 homers, 11 RBI and 4 walks...Hit a game-winning home run off Cincinnati's Matt Belisle for an 8-7 Cubs win on 4/27...Had his best month in April, batting .284 with 5 HR and 10 RBI in 23 games...Led off the game with a home run on 5/7 at Philadelphia off Jon Lieber...Was his 3rd career leadoff homer...Hit a pair of solo home runs off New York's Kris Benson on 5/10, his 5th career 2-homer game...Hit his first home run in nearly a month on 6/26 at the Chicago White Sox, a solo homer off Jon Garland in a 2-0 Cubs win...Was batting .232 when he was optioned to AAA Iowa on 7/8...Batted .467 (7-15) with 2 home runs in 4 games batting leadoff for Iowa...Returned to the Cubs on 8/9 and batted .175 (24-137) with 9 extra-base hits and 10 RBI in his final 43 games...Hit his 12th home run on 8/14 vs. St. Louis, a 2-run shot that put the Cubs ahead for good...Was his first homer of the season with a runner on base.2004Corey rebounded from a 2003 season-ending ACL injury, hitting .266 with a career-high 24 homers and career-high 72 RBI...also set career marks in games (157), doubles (33) and stolen bases (32) it was his first career 20/20 season...saw extensive time as a leadoff hitter, moving to the 1-spot August 1...hit .261 with 14 doubles, 13 homers and 30 RBI as a leadoff hitter...hit his third career leadoff home run August 29 off Houston's Carlos Hernandez...fielded at a career-best .997 clip, committing 1 error in 333 total chances and turning five double plays...hit safely in 11 straight games June 20-July 2, tying a career high...was 17-43 (.395) with 7 extra-base hits and 8 RBI over the streak...recorded his third career 2-homer game September 7 vs. Montreal, hitting a pair of solo homers in a 7-6 Cub loss...drove in all three runs in a 3-2, 12-inning win over Pittsburgh September 14...hit a game-tying, 2-run homer off Salomon Torres in the 8th inning to send the contest to extra frames...followed up a with a walkoff homer in the 12th off Brian Meadows...the two-homer game was the fourth of his career...also had a walkoff home run August 25 vs. Milwaukee, hitting a 2-run shot off Luis Vizcaino...homered into McCovey Cove on August 7 in San Francisco, becoming the seventh opposing player to do so since SBC Park opened in 2000...recorded his first career 5-hit game April 21 at Pittsburgh...had 46 multi-hit games in the 2004 campaign...made his third career Opening Day start and homered on Opening Day for the second year in a row...hit a solo shot off Cincinnati's Cory Lidle in the 1st inning of the new season.2003Corey was having an All-Star caliber first half of the campaign when his season was cut short due to a left knee injury...in 83 games, he batted .298 with 17 doubles, 7 triples, 13 homers, a career-high 55 RBI and 16 stolen bases...on July 6 vs. St. Louis, he injured his knee when he stepped awkwardly on first base beating out an infield hit...the results of his MRI taken the next day revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn meniscus...underwent surgery July 23 (Dr. Richard Steadman)....on the day of his injury, it had been announced that he was 1 of 5 candidates for the final spot on the National League All-Star team - to be determined by internet balloting...was the Cubs' Opening Day starter in centerfield for the second straight year - and responded by going 4-for-6 with a pair of homers and 7 RBI...it was his second career 2-homer affair...the 7 RBI - a club record for Opening Day - were the most by any major leaguer in a season-opening contest since Minnesota's Brant Alyea in 1970...all 4 hits came off left-handers...had a pair of run-scoring singles off Tom Glavine - and both a 2-run and a 3-run homer off Mike Bacsik...recorded his second 4-hit game of the season (and the fourth of his career) April 25 at Colorado...homered in the contest and drove in 3 runs...ended April with a team-high and personal one month-high 22 RBI...had a career-high 11-game hitting streak May 6-May 19 (17-46, .370)...hit a game-winning 2-run 17th-inning home run off Milwaukee's Brooks Kieschnick May 15 - a contest in which he went 3-for-5 after entering the game in the 8th inning...the homer tied for the latest in Cubs history (Keith Moreland hit a 17th-inning homer September 2, 1986, vs. Houston)...batted out of the No. 3 spot in the lineup for the first time in his big league career May 18 at St. Louis - and went 1-for-4 with a double and 1 run scored...went on to bat .276 when he hit 3rd in the lineup (42-152)...had 3 extra-base hits June 10 at Baltimore, recording 2 doubles and a triple...over his final 65 contests, he batted .302 (77-255) with 11 homers, 13 doubles, 6 triples and 41 RBI.2002Corey spent his first full season in the majors, batting .253 in 153 games with 30 doubles, 5 triples, 14 homers and 54 RBI...led the Cubs in games, at-bats (592), singles (101), doubles and steals (18) and tied for the team lead in triples...had 42 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI affairs...laid down 9 of the Cubs' 17 bunt hits and had 14 of the club's 76 infield hits...was successful in 18 of his 21 stolen-base attempts -- including a perfect 7-for-7 mark in April...had a .990 fielding percentage in 147 games in centerfield (136 starts), committing 3 errors in 311 total chances...had 5 outfield assists...opened the season by hitting .353 in his first 13 games (18-51)...made his first Opening Day start April 1 at Cincinnati, going 2-for-3 with a triple, 1 RBI and 1 run scored...in the Cubs' second contest April 3, he went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI in a 10-3 victory over the Reds...had another 4-RBI affair June 28 against the White Sox...had a career-high 10-game hitting streak July 28-August 8, going 16-for-46 (.348)...earlier had an 8-game hitting streak April 23-May 1 (13-32, .406)...made 55 starts out of the leadoff spot -- and had a pair of game-opening homers (April 28 off Los Angeles' Kazuhisa Ishii and June 20 off Texas' Ismael Valdes)...batted solely out of the leadoff spot in his April 23-June 2 starting assignments (31 starts)...in those games, he hit .292 (40-137)...his 7th-inning infield single on April 26 was the only hit Los Angeles' Odalis Perez surrendered in his 1-hitter of the Cubs...his 7th-inning RBI bunt double proved to be the game-winning hit in the Cubs' 8-3 victory at Los Angeles May 3...had the first 2-homer game of his big league career August 11 at Colorado, hitting both a solo shot and a 2-run homer off Denny Stark...recorded his second career 4-hit game August 20 at Houston, going 4-for-6 with a triple, 3 RBI, 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored...hit his first career pinch homer September 9 off Montreal's Tony Armas...went 21-for-112 over his final 33 games...during his previous 25 contests, he had hit .321 (34-106) with 5 homers and 8 doubles.2001Corey split the year between the Cubs and Iowa (AAA), appearing in 59 major league games and 89 Triple-A contests.
with the Cubs, he batted .221 with 4 homers and 14 RBI ... was in the majors June 29-July 28 and August 15 through the end of the season.
hit his first Cubs homer of the campaign July 18, a 2-run shot off Pittsburgh's Todd Ritchie at PNC Park ... his second roundtripper was a game-winning 2-run shot off Houston's Roy Oswalt July 23.
scored 3 times and drove in a pair of runs in the Cubs' 16-3 victory over Milwaukee August 22.
recorded his first M.L. 4-hit game October 3 vs. Cincinnati, going 4-for-5 with 2 runs scored.
in 89 games for Iowa, he batted .253 with 22 doubles, 7 homers, 32 RBI and 19 stolen bases ... had 25 multi-hit affairs.
2000Corey saw his first big league action in September after spending the minor league campaign playing for West Tenn (AA) ... in 11 games for the Cubs, he went 7-for-42 with a pair of homers.
made his M.L. debut September 18 at Milwaukee, going 0-for-3 ... the next day, he recorded his first big league hit -- a 7th-inning game-tying homer off Milwaukee's Juan Acevedo.
his second homer was of the inside-the-park variety -- on September 24 at Wrigley Field off St. Louis' Alan Benes.
at West Tenn, he was a midseason and postseason Southern League all-star ... also played in the Major League Futures Game as part of the Atlanta All-Star Game festivities.
during the regular season, he batted .261 and led the team with 22 homers and 82 RBI ... his homer total ranked 2nd in the league.
hit .366 in 10 postseason games with 8 extra-base hits (including 2 homers) and 5 RBI.
was named the league's top prospect by Baseball America and was chosen to the Howe Sportsdata all-prospect team.
1999Corey made his professional debut at Lansing (A) and was selected as the Midwest League's Prospect of the Year after leading the league in slugging percentage (.592), extra-base hits (72) and triples (17) ... batted .320 with 20 homers and 79 RBI ... was a league midseason and postseason all-star ... also was selected to play in the midseason Major League Futures Game as part of baseball's all-star weekend at Boston's Fenway Park ... was chosen as the league's top prospect by Baseball America ... was also named to that publication's postseason minor league all-star team ... was named to Howe Sportsdata's all-prospect team and to the statistical bureau's all-teen team ... his triples total ranked 2nd among all minor leaguers ... finished 2nd among all Class-A players in slugging percentage and 4th in extra-base hits ... was 2nd in the league in total bases (281), 3rd in homers and 5th in batting average and runs scored (94) ... recorded 6 consecutive multi-hit efforts July 4-July 9, going 17-for-28 with 4 homers and 14 RBI ... hit for the cycle in the July 5 contest against South Bend ... was on the disabled list May 27-June 11 after fracturing his left index finger while diving for a ball ... following the campaign, he played for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League and, despite being the league's youngest player, batted .368 in 35 games (43-117) with 9 doubles, 4 homers, 24 RBI and 8 steals ... was selected to the league's end-of-season all-star team.