Patrick James Light...Is a 2009 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Middletown, NJ...Went 14-14 with a 3.84 ERA (234.1ip/100er) in three seasons at Monmouth University and became the highest draft pick in school history...Set single-season records as a junior in 2012 with 102 strikeouts and 101.1 innings pitched en route to being named the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association Pitcher-of-the-Year.
Was a member of Boston's 40-man roster in spring training...Began season with Triple-A Pawtucket...Made five appearances (6.2ip/3er) before being recalled by Boston on 4/24...Made Major League debut on 4/26 at Atlanta and surrendered two runs in 1.0ip...Was optioned back to Pawtucket on 4/29...Suffered lone loss on 5/6 vs. Rochester... Posted five saves and a 0.53 ERA (17.0ip/1er) in 13 games between 5/11 and 6/26...Was recalled a second time by Boston on 6/28...Gave up six runs (five earned) in second game with the Red Sox on 7/2 vs. LAA (1.2ip)...Returned to Triple-A on 7/3...Picked up lone win with Pawtucket in his final game with the club on 7/30...Was acquired by Minnesota on 8/1 and was assigned to Rochester...Made six appearances with the Red Wings before being recalled by the Twins on 8/21...Suffered only big league loss on 8/28 at Toronto...Went 2-1 with nine saves and a 2.37 ERA (38.0ip/10er) in 31 total games between Pawtucket and Rochester...Was designated for assignment by Minnesota on 2/6/17.
Combined with Double-A Portland (21 G) and Triple-A Pawtucket (26 G) to go 3-5 with 5 saves, a 3.88 ERA (27 ER/62.2 IP), a .211 opponent AVG (49-for-232), and .297 opponent SLG in 47 appearances, all in relief...Averaged 9.6 SO/9.0 IP (67 SO). Led Red Sox minor league pitchers in appearances. Held right-handed batters to a .186 AVG/.279 OBP/.248 SLG line (27-for-145, 5 XBH). Began the season with Portland...Allowed 6 ER in his first 4 appearances (9.0 IP), but posted a 0.87 ERA and .118 opponent AVG in his remaining 17 games with the Sea Dogs (20.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 HR). Named Red Sox Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month for May, going 3-for-3 in save opportunities with a 0.63 ERA in 11 appearances (14.1 IP, 5 H, R, 9 BB, 19 SO). Allowed no runs during an 11-game stretch from 5/10-6/6 (12.2 IP, 5 H). Transferred to Pawtucket on 6/9 and spent the remainder of the season with the PawSox...Earned a save in each of his first 2 Triple-A appearances and did not allow a base runner in any of his first 3 (3.0 IP, 4 SO). Struck out 18 of 46 batters faced in 10.1 IP from 7/25-8/9, recording a season-high 6 SO in 2.2 IP on 8/5 at Syracuse. In his final 12 appearances beginning 7/29, posted a 3.06 ERA and .188 opponent AVG (17.2 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 21 SO). Made 12 appearances, all in relief, for Caguas of the Puerto Rican Winter League...Was 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA (2 ER/11.1 IP), .231 opponent AVG (9-for-39), 10 SO, and 8 BB...Did not allow an extra-base hit...Held left-handed batters to a .091 AVG (2-for-22)...Allowed no runs in his final 7 outings beginning 11/20 (6.0 IP, 3 H). Following the season, ranked by Baseball America as the Red Sox' 4th-best pitching prospect, the club's No. 11 prospect overall.