RHP Luis Patiño
Patiño, MLB’s No. 27 and San Diego’s No. 3 prospect, was signed by the Padres July 2, 2016, as an international free agent out of Barranquilla, Colombia. Patiño was nothing short of a steal, as the Padres signed him for $130,000.
Since Patiño was signed, he has been dominant, finishing with a sub 2.60 ERA in all three seasons. Over 50 appearances, 48 as a starter and twice as a relief pitcher, Patiño has pitched 234 innings while recording 279 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .208 batting average. He is 16-13 with a career 2.25 ERA and 1.10 WHIP and is sure to be a valuable addition to the Padres’ roster.
According to Patiño’s scouting report, his fastball is his best pitch, which is rated at 65. He sits consistently in the mid-90s, but Patiño was able to flirt with 99 mph in the 2019 season. His next best pitch is a high-80s slider, which is graded at 60. According to his scouting report, Patiño fastball-slider mixture can be catastrophic for right-handed batters, which was proven as he held them to a .163/.259/.220 slash line in the 2019 season. He struggled against left-handed batters (.262/.308/.443) but Patiño should still make an impact on the bump, even if it is only as a relief pitcher or occasional spot-starter.
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