NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma senior Garrett Patterson (LHP) was the first Sooner selected in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, which began on Tuesday, June 6. The McAlester, Okla. native was picked in the seventh round, at No. 229, to join the New York Yankees’ organization. Junior Daniel McCutchen followed in the 12th round, 380th overall, after being picked up by the St. Louis Cardinals.
McCutchen just finished a year that featured him as the Sooners' No. 1 starter. McCutchen was a member of the Big 12 honorable mention team in 2005, after going 2-3 with a 2.45 ERA in six Big 12 starts.
Despite struggling early on in the season, the hard throwing righty finished strong. He spent most of the first half of the season in OU's pen but closed off the year as one of the conference's most consistent starters. In the last nine outings of 2005, the Norman native posted 59 strikeouts, opposite 16 walks, in 58 and two thirds innings. He finished the year at 4-5 in his nine starts and led the team in strikeouts with 84.
McCutchen was also drafted in 2003, in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. The New York Yankees selected him in the 27th round.
Patterson, a left-hander appeared in 17 games with nine starts in 2005. He was 6-3 with a 3.59 earned run average. In 62 and two-thirds innings, Patterson struck out 73 while walking 42. Opponents had 42 hits and a .192 batting average against Patterson.
He was a member of the 2005 All-Big 12 Second Team and appeared primarily as OU’s No. 2 starter but was also used as a reliever in 2005.
Patterson was selected in the 2001 MLB Amateur Draft by the Anaheim Angels with the 320th pick in the 11th round.