Talk about a story that is like something out of a movie. Two weeks ago Nathan Patterson was at Coors Field to watch a Rockies game and turned heads by throwing 96 miles-per-hour at a speed pitch challenge.
His throws were posted on social media and the Oakland A's ended up seeing him throw the ball that fast. Nathan got the call this week from the Athletics after they saw the footage and signed him to a contract. It’s unclear where Nathan will start playing, or when but this isn't the first time the A's had seen him throw.
It turns out there’s been interest from the A’s for the last six months. Nathan began showing off his speed pitching abilities at a Triple-A Nashville Sounds game last August, which caught the attention of the A’s. In February the team reached out to discuss the possibility of signing him and jumped on the chance when the newest video of him throwing 96 went viral.
"Words cannot describe this feeling, and I cannot thank everyone enough who has been part of this journey so far," Nathan wrote on Instagram. "My family has given me nothing but constant love and support throughout the last nine months as I pursue a dream of mine that I’ve had since I was a little kid."
Talk about a dream come true!
Source: USA TODAY