Patterson Looks To Get Ahead

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Blessed with some of the best stuff and one of the better arms in the organization, how Garrett Patterson has gone just 5-12 with a 4.87 ERA in his career thus far has been one of the more befuddling mysteries in the Yankees farm system. Coming off his worst season numbers-wise, he says the big step towards tapping his potential is simply getting ahead in the count.

"The main thing I would say is strike one, which is the best pitch in baseball," Garrett Patterson listed as the reason for his inconsistencies. "I'm fine when I get strike one and strike two. "More often than not when I get ahead in the count, I'm okay. When I'm in trouble, it's when I'm not getting ahead in the count, which is more times than it should be." Left-handers who can hit 9...

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