Padres acquire LHP Troy Patton from Orioles for Nick Hundley


San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres have acquired left-handed pitcher Troy Patton from the Baltimore Orioles for catcher Nick Hundley and cash considerations.

Patton, 28, is a left-handed specialist and is (0-1) on the season with a 8.10 ERA with five strikeouts in nine relief appearances with the Orioles. Patton was suspended for the first 25 games this season while serving a suspension for using Adderall.

Patton was a very reliable bullpen piece for the Orioles the past few seasons with a career 3.28 ERA over 161 2/3 innings. Patton’s best career season was in 2012 when he went (1-0) with a 2.43 ERA in 55.2 innings of work.

Patton was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 9th round of the 2004 MLB draft. He made his major league debut with the Astros in 2007 as a starting pitcher, before being traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 in a trade package for shortstop Miguel Tejada.

Hundley was batting .271 with one home run and three RBI’s in for the Padres this season as a pinch hitter off the bench and backup to Yasmani Grandal and Rene Rivera.

Hundley was drafted by the Padres in the 2nd round of the 2005 MLB Draft and has has spent his entire career here in San Diego. Hundley is a career .238 hitter with 195 RBI’s and 47 Homeruns.

Hundley was in the the final year of three year extension with the team. Three years ago the Padres expected Hundley to be their catcher of the future, but injuries and underperformance led to Grandal and Rivera passing Hundley on the depth chart.