The Cubs shuttled Spencer Patton between Chicago and Triple-A Iowa last season, largely due to his struggles with walks (5.9 BB/9) and home runs (1.27 HR/9) during his time with the big club. Armed with a three-pitch mix that includes a low-90s fastball, slider, and changeup, Patton whiffed batters at an excellent clip during his time with Iowa (14.8 K/9), but he failed to replicate that level of success when called upon in Chicago (9.3 K/9). In two opportunities against big league hitters, Patton has failed to emerge as more than an extra reliever. At age 29, his chances of sticking as a regular contributor for a first-division club appear to be slim.
Patton signed with the Yokohama BayStars of Japan on Wednesday, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports. The 28-year-old righty has only logged 54.2 innings in the majors and will take the opportunity to get a more reliable role in Japan. The Cubs' 40-man roster now sits at 37.
Patton was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports. The right-hander has bounced between levels throughout 2016 -- he was recalled four different times over the first five months -- but he will settle in for good as part of the Cubs' expanded roster. Patton owns a 6.04 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 50.2 career innings in the majors and will likely be used primarily in mop-up duty over the final few weeks.
Patton was optioned back to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. The Cubs brought up Tommy La Stella, who is in Wednesday's lineup, so the move to demote Patton was made to free up a spot on the 25-man roster. Patton made three appearances for the Cubs during this latest big league stint, allowing five hits and two earned runs across five innings.
Patton was recalled from Triple-A Iowa, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports. Patton will fill a roster spot that opened up after Chris Coghlan was placed on the DL. Patton has excelled with Iowa, posting a 0.77 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over 34 games. Unfortunately, his success hasn't translated to the MLB where he owns an ERA and WHIP of 5.11 and 1.54, respectively.
The Cubs have optioned Patton to Triple-A Iowa, Carris Muskat of MLB.com reports. Patton, who was recalled from Triple-A on Monday, has been sent back down as the Cubs activated recently acquired reliever Joe Smith. The 28-year-old will have a hard time making it back to Chicago before rosters expand in September as the Cubs have acquired three relievers over the past two weeks.