18. Freddie Patek
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 9, 1944 in Seguin, TX USA
  • Weight: 148 lbs.
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 03, 1968
  • Final Game: October 03, 1981
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A fixture in the Kansas City Royals infield throughout the 1970’s Freddie Patek brought a strong defensive presence to the lineup.  While Patek never won a Gold Glove, he was the American League leader in Defensive bWAR and Total Zone Runs in 1972.

Offensively speaking, Patek struggled to get over .300 in On Base Percentage (he had a career .309 OBP with Kansas City) but when he got on base he was always a threat to steal another one.  He would lead the AL in swipes in 1977 and had eight straight campaigns where he went over 30.  He was also a three time All Star.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Short Stop
  • Acquired: Traded from the Pittsburgh Pirated with Bruce Dal Canton and Jerry May for Jim Campanis, Jackie Hernandez and Bob Johnson 12/2/70.
  • Departed:

    Signed as a Free Agent by the California Angels 12/5/79.

  • Games Played: 1245
  • Notable Statistics: 571 Runs Scored
    1,036 Hits
    182 Doubles
    41 Triples
    28 Home Runs
    382 RBI
    336 Stolen Bases
    .241/.309/.321 Slash Line
    20.5 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All Star Game (1972, 1976 & 1978)

    Highest Defensive bWAR (1972)

    Most Triples (1971)

    Most Stolen Bases (1971)

    Most Putouts by a Shortstop (1971)

    Most Assists by a Shortstop (1972)

    Most Double Plays Turned by a Shortstop (1971, 1972, 1973 & 1974)

    Most Total Zone Runs by a Shortstop (1972)

    Highest Range Factor per Game a Shortstop (1972 & 1973)

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