June 26, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Former UAB third baseman Patrick Palmeiro recently signed a professional contract to play for the Chicago White Sox organization. Palmeiro will join the Montana Voyagers, a member of the Pioneer League at the advanced rookie level.
Palmeiro proved to be an iron man in the Blazer lineup, starting all 119 games during his two-year stint at UAB after transferring from Howard College (JC).
For his career, the Colleyville, Texas native hit .265, collecting 125 hits in 471 at bats. Palmeiro connected for a total 13 homers and 29 doubles, leading the Blazers in each category during the past two seasons. He also knocked in 77 runs, scored 65 times and drew 53 walks.
Defensively, Palmeiro was one of the top fielders at his position in Conference USA. At the hot corner, Palmeiro committed only six errors in his senior season for a fielding percentage of .964. He totaled 113 assists and 46 put outs in 2012.
A memorable moment for Palmeiro came back on Feb. 25 of his senior campaign, when he broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the 12th vs. Ball State on a walk-off RBI triple at Young Memorial Field.
During UAB's C-USA Tournament Championship run, Palmeiro was a main catalyst as he hit .333 (5-for-15) with two runs scored, two RBI and three walks.
Palmeiro is one of 11 former UAB players that have signed on to play baseball at the professional level under head coach Brian Shoop.