Photo: Photo: Nathan Patterson / Courtesy of The A & # 39; s
Baseball fan Nathan Patterson did not disappoint on his debut in the minor league. He defeated all three fights he faced in his first game in the Arizona Rookie League.
Oakland signed the pitcher earlier this month after his brother posted a video of him on Twitter as he threw 96 miles an hour A speed-pitch challenge at Coors Field in July. The tweet became viral.
The 23-year-old needed 18 spaces to get the three batters out. Not bad for someone who could not even set up high school college baseball in Kansas.
He then published his current appreciation on his Instagram account. "I will not lie, my nerves flowed until I threw strike one," he wrote. "Then I took a deep breath and found that all the hard work of the past year has prepared me for this moment."
Patterson's path to becoming a professional began in 2018. While living in Nashville, he took on a minor League game and threw over 150 km / h on the speed pitch in the stadium.
To see if the litter was a coincidence, he went to a baseball training facility in the city and discovered he could regularly hit 90. "So I climbed a hill, had not dropped a hill in years and sat 90, 92," he told the media in a conference call. "I was," Okay, that's real, that's what happened. "So I said to myself, 'I'm going back and playing baseball.'"
He signed with an agent and received training from former Oakland launchers Jarrod Parker.
After his Coors Field Speed pitch display became viral, he began to gain interest from the major league clubs. The A & # 39; s who had discussed with him, offered him first a minor league contract.
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"It's a role of The Dice we draw with many boys," said Eric Kubota, the exploration director of A, the Chronicle.