Luis Patino came to the Padres in July of 2016 after signing with the team as an international free agent. His first professional seasons were spent with both the Dominican Summer League Padres and the Arizona League Padres back in 2017. Between both clubs, Patino finished with a 4-2 record in 13 games with an ERA of 2.25.
The Colombian-native then spent the 2018 campaign with the Class A Fort Wayne TinCaps where he put together an impressive 6-3 record on the back of a 2.16 ERA in 17 starts.
In 2019, Patino began the season with the Lake Elsinore Storm before being promoted to the Double-A Amarillo Sod Poodles in August of that year. In 20 games with 19 starts between the two clubs, he finished with 123 strikeouts in 94 2⁄3 innings and an ERA of 2.57.
Patino was brought up to the active roster on August 2. At the time, he was the youngest player in Major League Baseball. In 11 games with a single start, MLB Pipeline’s No. 27 overall prospect finished with a 1-0 record with an ERA of 5.19 to go with 21 strikeouts in 12.7 innings pitched.
Stats: 1-0 record, 5.19 ERA, 11 games, one start, 17.1 IP, 21 Ks, 1.85 WHIP. Allowed 18 hits, 10 earned runs, three home runs, and 14 walks.
Game of the year
Patino’s best game came against the Houston Astros on August 23 when he pitched 2 1⁄3 innings and allowed just one hit to two strikeouts. It was his lone performance of the season where he didn’t allow either a run or walk in the same game.