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Patterson Looks To Get Ahead

Patterson wants to get ahead with his fastball

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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