John Patterson was the 5th overall pick in the 1st round and the 1st high school player drafted in the 1996 MLB draft. John earned 1st Team All-American and the Southwest Gatorade Player of the Year at the end of his high school career. He signed a scholarship to the #1 baseball school in the country, LSU. In 1999, John was invited to be 1 of 4 starting pitchers for Team USA in the Pan-American Games. He pitched the opening game against team Canada and the quarter-final game against Panama. He carried a perfect game into the 8th inning against the Panamanians. He helped his team win a silver medal and qualify Team USA for the 2000 Olympics.
John began his big league career in 2002 pitching for the World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks. His first major league start was against the San Diego Padres in front of a crowd of 55,000 fans. Later that year, John had the honor of winning the final game of the season against the Colorado Rockies clinching a home field advantage in the playoffs.
In 2005, John ranked in the Top Ten in the National League in Strikeouts and ERA. During that season, John set a career record with 13 strikeouts against the Los Angeles Dodgers. That game was a finalist for Major League Baseball’s Performance of the Year. John had 189 strikeouts; 2 of which came against homerun king, Barry Bonds. Going into the last few weeks of the season, he was in a close battle for the ERA title with 7-time Cy Young award winner, Roger Clemens. In 2007, John was the Opening Day starter for the Washington Nationals.
John’s professional career lasted 13 years. He played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Montreal Expos, Washington Nationals and the Texas Rangers. John was mentored by and played for/with Frank Robinson, Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling Eddie Murray and other future Hall of Famers.