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Fan Signed by MLB Team After Hitting 96MPH at Stadium’s Radar Booth

How’s this for unbelievable:

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.

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.

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