Patrick Bilgere returns to the Dallas Spirits after an outstanding 2018 season and continues to be one of the club’s hardest hitters. Patrick is a utility man, capable of playing solid at any position, including positions around the infield and since the 2016 season, acting as both the Spirits (35+) and Spirits (45+) starting catcher.
Patrick brings clutch hitting and solid game knowledge to the ball club and can be relied upon for game scenario decisions as well as assisting in coaching when needed. Patrick hit .387 with 12 hits for the Spirits (35+) during 2017 and added a .361 average with 13 hits for the Spirits (45+) squad. Patrick tied for second on the Spirits (45+) squad with 13 runs scored, added 2 doubles and a triple to his resume, and finished third on the team with 12 runs batted in. 2018 was a different story altogether for Bilgere as he showcased his talent by being voted to both the NTABL (35+) and (45+) All-Star teams.
Patrick finished fourth on the Spirits (45+) squad with a .422 batting average that included 19 hits, 5 doubles and a triple. He finished tied for second with 21 runs score and also finished second with 19 runs batted in. Patrick finished third on the Spirits (35+) squad after hitting .429 and he finished second with 18 hits that included 4 doubles and a triple. He crossed the dish 10 times for a team offense that struggled as a whole and also finished second with 10 runs batted in.
Bilgere’s experience includes experience playing at both Bishop Lynch and Richardson Berkner High School and later went on to play at the college level performing as a two-time All-Conference player. He stepped his game to the next level spending two years professionally playing in the Austrian Baseball League with the St. Peter Wild Boys as well as the Tullen Ravens. He also spent time as a high school coach at Jesuit College Preparatory in Dallas (5 years), and also with John Horn High School in Mesquite (2 years).
Home grown here in Dallas, Patrick and his wife, Jennifer welcomed their new daughter, Flora to the world in 2018. The happy and newly-extended family reside with their 3 sons Joey, Jack and Payton in downtown Dallas, TX.
Nickname: “Pat,” “Patrick,” “Bilgere”