Roughly two weeks ago, Nathan Patterson and his 23-year-old brother Christian attended a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field where they tried the speed pitch challenge.
But then he threw a fastball at 94 miles per hour. It wasn't the first time the Athletics got a sampling of his major-league velocity - Patterson also impressed while pitching during a fan event at the Athletics' triple-A affiliate in Nashville past year. Patterson's brother, Christian, filmed the display and the footage went viral. Less than a month later he signed a contract with the Oakland A's.
This is unbelievable and what dreams are made of.
The pitcher's journey to the big leagues began in August 2018 at a Nashville Sounds game, where he hit 96 at a stadium pitching booth, which surprised him because he hadn't thrown "for a few years before that", he told MLB.com.
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As you can see in the video, Patterson hit 96 on the radar gun twice and hit 95 as well. His journey to professional baseball, which began last summer, was briefly interrupted when he was hit by a auto and suffered an injury to his non-throwing wrist.
He began talking with the A's in February 2019, kept training, throwing and joined a men's league to stay fresh.
A few days after this performance caught fire on the internet, the "A's gave [him] a call", Patterson told MLB.com. Patterson wrote in an Instagram post, sharing pictures from the signing.
Patterson is 23 years old and says he played baseball up until his senior year of high school. Time to focus even more, work even harder, and it all starts with your mindset.