August 9, 1970 |
|April 12, 1992, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 26, 2003, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||5.47|
Patrick Lavon Mahomes (born August 9, 1970) is a former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball from 1992 to 2003 for the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, and Pittsburgh Pirates. He also pitched in two seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, 1997 and 1998, for the Yokohama BayStars. He most recently played for the Grand Prairie AirHogs of the independent American Association in 2009.
Mahomes attended Lindale High School in Lindale, Texas, where he played varsity baseball, basketball and football. He did not begin pitching until his senior year of high school due to an injury to a teammate. He signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Arkansas and declined scholarship offers to play college basketball and football. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 6th round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft and chose to begin a professional career.
Mahomes began his professional career with the Elizabethton Twins in 1988 as a starting pitcher. Over the next few years, he worked his way up through the Twins farm system, reaching Triple-A in 1991 with the Portland Beavers.
Mahomes made his major league debut with the Twins in 1992. He made the team out of spring training, and started the sixth game of the season on April 12 against the Texas Rangers, pitching six innings. He was not involved in the decision. He notched his first major league win in his next start on April 21 against the Seattle Mariners.
Mahomes went 8-0 late in the 1999 season and helped the Mets reach the playoffs.
In 2003, Mahomes pitched primarily for the Pittsburgh Pirates AAA affiliate, the Nashville Sounds, while appearing in nine games for the Pirates. In 2004, he split the season between three organizations, pitching for the Edmonton Trappers in the Montreal Expos farm system, the Albuquerque Isotopes in the Florida Marlins system, and then again at Nashville at the end of the season.
After spending 2005 with the Las Vegas 51s in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Mahomes turned to the independent leagues, starting 2006 with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. After going 11-4 with a 3.87 ERA, he signed with Kansas City Royals in August, but was released a month later.
Mahomes began the 2007 season with the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association. On August 24, the Toronto Blue Jays signed him, and he appeared in three games for the Syracuse Chiefs before becoming a free agent at the end of the season.
Mahomes signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League in 2008, but only appeared in two games for them before returning to Sioux Falls. He split the 2009 season between Sioux Falls and Grand Prairie.