South Central High School graduate Spencer Patton was traded from the Kansas City Royals organization to the Texas Rangers on the same day he pitched for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game.
Patton, 26, was exchanged last Wednesday for veteran reliever Jason Frasor, 36, and was assigned to the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers. Frasor joined the Kansas City bullpen.
Patton still represented Kansas City in the All-Star Game, striking out Cleveland Indians prospect Jesus Aguilar, the only batter he faced. He ended the second inning with two runners left on base.
The International League defeated the PCL, 7-3.
On Twitter, Patton thanked the Royals organization for “giving me the opportunity to chase my dreams,” and said the team is “truly a first-class organization.”
In a post directed at the Rangers, he said, “I'm excited to start this new journey, and I look forward to helping out the organization any way I can.”
He also showed a little humor, tweeting “Let's hope everything is bigger in Texas … except my ERA.”
Patton was a 24th-round selection of the Royals in 2011 out of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and he steadily advanced throughout their minor league system.
This season, Patton was 4-3, with a 4.08 earned-run average and 14 saves for the Omaha Storm Chasers, striking out 60 batters in 46 1/3 innings over 34 appearances.
He opened the season on a hot streak, holding his ERA just above 1.00, but he struggled throughout the second half of June and start of July. His 14 saves were third best in the PCL at the time of the trade.
In his first two games with Round Rock, Patton struck out one batter in an inning of relief against Iowa in each a loss on Saturday and a win on Sunday.
At the time of the trade, Frasor had a 3.34 ERA and averaged better than a strikeout an inning for the Rangers.
He brings a veteran relief presence to the Royals, who have struggled to find solid production in middle relief this season.
The Royals were 48-46 on the season at the time of the trade, while the injury-riddled Rangers were 38-57.