Corey Patterson among Blue Jays’ minor league signings

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Toronto announced a half-dozen minor league signings today, including former top prospect Corey Patterson.

Patterson is among the biggest prospect busts of the past decade, as a complete lack of plate discipline kept the former No. 3 overall pick and two-time Baseball America top-three prospect from becoming anything resembling a star.

On the other hand, he’s played 1,097 games spread over 11 seasons and the Blue Jays will be his sixth team. And despite seemingly being around forever, he’s still just 31 years old.

Patterson remains very fast and very good defensively, but he just can’t hit. He has a career line of .253/.292/.404 thanks to some early success with the Cubs, but Patterson has hit just .245/.283/.382 since 2005 and he’s never managed an on-base percentage above .320.

If limited to part-time duties he’s a somewhat useful spare part and the Blue Jays will likely have Patterson compete for a backup gig in spring training, although Rajai Davis has a similar yet superior skill set.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.