Patterson still has a LONG way to go before he's ever throwing pitches in the big leagues, but can you imagine how great of a story it'll be then?
"A few days later [after the Rockies game] the A's gave me a call", he said.
The A's signed Patterson to a minor-league contract after Patterson's pitching performance went viral. The Oakland Athletics signed the 23-year-old to a minor league contract Thursday.
Roughly two weeks ago, Nathan Patterson and his 23-year-old brother Christian attended a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field where they tried the speed pitch challenge.
"The moment was filmed by his brother, Christian Patterson, who posted the video on Twitter with an appeal: "@MLB Let's get him signed!"
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Patterson hit 96 miles per hour on a radar gun - in line with some of the major league's fastest pitchers - last August at a Nashville Sounds game, which was then the A's Triple-A affiliate. That fastball just made the dream come true.
Nathan Patterson attended a Rockies baseball game as a fan when he chose to throw a few pitches at the stadium's radar booth. "It is not the beginning", Patterson wrote in an Instagram post. Then, last fall, his training was briefly derailed when he required surgery on his non-throwing arm after being hit by a auto.
It may have had the intended effect: Patterson is the newest member of the Oakland A's. "It's been a roller coaster to get here with many challenges and overcoming adversity". He played high school baseball but "didn't really have a good arm then", he told MLB.com.
He thanked his trainers and added: "And for those who tell you that you can't achieve your dreams, use that as fuel to work even harder".