How’s this for unbelievable:
— Christian Patterson (@cpatterson_7) July 15, 2019
Two weeks ago, Nathan Patterson was at a Rockies game, where he competed in a Coors Light speed pitch challenge. In the video above, he hits 96 mph multiple times. Fast forward to today, where he just signed with the Oakland Athletics to a minor league deal.
According to Darren Rovell of the Action Network, Patterson did a similar speed pitch challenge at a AAA baseball game in Nashville. The major league affiliate of that AAA team? The Oakland A’s.
“How can you not be romantic about baseball” -Billy Beane
Words cannot describe this feeling and I cannot thank everyone enough who has been part of this journey so far! pic.twitter.com/E4eSMUDmU5
— Nathan Patterson (@npatterson_12) August 1, 2019
According to Adrian Garro of MLB’s Cut4, “Patterson began talking with the A’s in February 2019, kept training, throwing and joined a men’s league to stay fresh. Then that trip to the Rockies game came about and, ‘a few days later the A’s gave me a call.'” Prior to the speed pitch challenge at the Nashville Sounders game in 2018, he hadn’t pitched since senior year of high school. 4 years later, at 23, he’s a professional athlete.
Just to be clear…my number one priority right now is to develop and perform for the @Athletics organization and get to the big leagues. The stories have been incredible and I hope to inspire others. I have been given an incredible opportunity. Go A’s!
— Nathan Patterson (@npatterson_12) August 2, 2019