In a way, Keith Patton is coming home. The North Posey High School graduate was signed by the Evansville Otters after being selected as the 18th pick of the 2016 Frontier League Draft.
“Keith threw very well at tryout camp,” said Otters manager Andy McCauley. “He showed good movement on his fastball. He’ll be competing for a bullpen job.”
Patton, a 6-foot-3, 219-pound righthander, played collegiately at Lindsey Wilson College.
The Otters chose catcher T.J. Wharton with their ninth selection of the draft.
In other news, Otters first baseman-designated hitter Scott DeJong was signed by the Miami Marlins’ organization.
“I’m happy for Scott to get another opportunity,” McCauley said. “It reinforces Evansville’ commitment to moving players back to organizational baseball.”
DeJong was chosen in the 32nd round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He hit .293 with 10 home runs and 45 runs batted in, playing for the Ogden Raptors in 2015 before being released. Ogden is a Pioneer League (rookie) affiliate of the Dodgers.