Patrick was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 16th round in 2004. He played 7 years of professional baseball, reaching as high as AAA with the Detroit Tigers in 2009. Patrick was the league leader in strikeouts in 2006 and 2008. He also set the records for strikeouts in a single game (15) and season (151) for the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League. In college, Patrick excelled both in the classroom and on the field. He attended Pace University (NY) on both an academic and athletic scholarship. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2006 with a degree in finance. In 2004, Patrick earned the award for Pace University Male Athlete of the Year and was selected by CoSIDA to the Academic All-American team.