Nashville sounds affiliate: A baseball fan who signed a contract with the Oakland A’s organization after a viral video showed him throwing a 96-mph pitch struck out all three batters he faced in his professional debut.
Right-handed pitcher Nathan Patterson, 23, took to the mound as a pro for the first time last week as the AZL Athletics Gold, a minor league affiliate of the A’s, faced the AZL Cubs 2. According to MiLB, the official site of Minor League Baseball, Patterson threw nine strikes in nine pitches, though he said he actually threw 18 times to strike out the three batters.
Patterson told MLB.com that he hadn’t thrown “for a few years” before last August, and noted of his high school playing days, “I didn’t really have a good arm then.”
“This story is not over. It is not the beginning,” Patterson wrote in an Instagram post. “I am writing the next chapters and excited for this journey! Time to focus even more, work even harder, and it all starts with your mindset. Go after your dreams and make them a reality!”