Our next 2014 review is of pitcher Red Patterson, who spent one day on the active roster this season, one of 10 Dodgers to make his major league debut this season.
What went right
Patterson, drafted by the Dodgers in the 29th round in 2010, was a non-roster invitee in big league camp in spring training for the first time. After four starts with Triple-A Albuquerque, the 27-year-old was called up to start the second game of a doubleheader on May 1 against the Twins in Minnesota.
It was Patterson's major league debut and though he struggled in the first, loading the bases, he allowed just one run on two hits and three walks in his 4⅔ innings. Patterson retired 11 straight at one point.
What went wrong
Outside of making the majors, Patterson had a rough year in Triple-A Albuquerque, with a 5.79 ERA and 5.47 FIP, way down from 2013 with the Isotopes. This was even with allowing only seven of his 21 home runs in the hitters paradise of Isotopes Park.
While Patterson decreased his walk rate from 10.8 percent in 2013 to 8.0 percent in 2014 in Triple-A, his strikeout rate fell from 23.9 percent to 19.4 percent.
Patterson also lost his spot on the 40-man roster, designated for assignment on Sept. 12.
Salary: Major league minimum of $500,000; pro-rated
Game of the year
We'll go with Patterson's big league debut, his only big league game to date. Among the 475 pitchers to start at least one game in the 131-year franchise history of the Dodgers, Patterson (1.93) is one of only six pitchers with an ERA under 2.00.
Patterson was outrighted to Albuquerque after getting designated for assignment, and figures to open 2015 in Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he will hopefully rebound in an environment much friendlier to pitchers.
The right-hander has one day of major league service time, and should he find his way back to the 40-man roster has two option years remaining.