“"He is awesome. He is young and he really has power and speed."
—Former teammate Bobby Abreu

"He can look bad, and all of a sudden he'll put a good swing on the ball and he'll put three runs on the board."
—Phillies manager Charlie Manuel

"Let's put it this way: Pat’s one of those kids who maybe doesn’t have to listen, but he gets in the cage and works as hard as anybody I’ve ever seen. He doesn’t just want to be a big-leaguer, but a superstar —a front-line, all-star, major-league player. He has those types of aspirations."
—Veteran coach Gary Varsho

"He’s a pretty natural hitter. He understands hitting and he can fix himself. He’s got a very good thought process at the plate. He’s just a guy who sees it and hits it."
—Pat's batting coach at Miami, Turtle Thomas

"I've seen some great players. I've seen some first picks, but I'll tell you, I've never seen anyone hit the ball as hard as he does consistently. It was really a dream to get the opportunity to coach him."
—Pat's coach at Miami, Jim Morris

"Pat has big, big pop. But what he shows more of than any young player I’ve ever seen is deep-count discipline."
—CY Young winner Curt Schilling

"He’s a big, strong kid with a quick bat, and he’s a better athlete than we were ready to give him credit for coming in. He didn’t get outworked by anybody. He was quiet, he listened, he blended in, he did a good job."
—Former Phillies manager Terry Francona

"Pat’s going to be here for a long time. He’s going to be the man here."
—Former teammate Ron Gant

"I’m always about effort and work, and this guy did that every day. He was the first guy showing up. He was always in the cage, always worked on his defense even though he didn't play out there. He was very supportive among his teammates. It's just unfortunate that it did not work out."
—Rays manager Joe Maddon

"He’s not only one of the best teammates I’ve ever played with, but he’s one of my best friends, too."
—Teammate Aaron Rowand

 


Bobby Abreu,
2002 Bowman Heritage

 

 


Curt Schilling,
2001 The Sporting News


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