Sports | August 2, 2019 12:44 pm

A’s Sign Fan Who Hit 96 MPH at Ballpark Speed Pitch Booth

Nathan Patterson played competitive baseball up until his senior year of high school

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During a night out a Rockies game a few weeks back, a fan was able to top out at 96 miles per hour while throwing at high-velocity strikes at the high-speed pitch challenge booth at Coors Field.

Yesterday, that fan signed a contract with Oakland A’s.

Amazingly, 23-year-old Nathan Patterson only played competitive baseball up until his senior year of high school. “I didn’t really have a good arm then,” he told MLB.com.

Before he blew up the radar gun in Colorado, Patterson previously got on the A’s radar last year when he hit 96 during a game at the club’s AAA affiliate in Nashville

 

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“Words cannot describe this feeling and I cannot thank everyone enough who has been part of this journey so far,” Patterson wrote on Instagram after inking the deal. “My family has given me nothing but constant love and support throughout the last 9 months as I pursue a dream of mine that I’ve had since I was a little kid. It’s been a roller coaster to get here with many challenges and overcoming adversity. For those who tell you that you can’t achieve your dreams, use that as fuel to work even harder. Because those people are the ones that settle.”

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