Patel was pipped to the fti Most Valuable Player Award, the statistically-based ranking system that offers a £10,000 prize, by Worcestershire batsman Moeen Ali.
Ali is also nominated in the category along with Glamorgan bowler Michael Hogan and Durham’s Graham Onions.
Patel scored 1800 runs in all cricket in 2013 and took 57 wickets. Season highlights included a knock of 129 in the group stages of the Yorkshire Bank 40 and take man of the match honours in the final with 3-21.
He also helped Notts to secure a home quarter-final in the Friends Life t20 and struck three LV= County Championship centuries.
The winner of the award will be announced on Thursday.