A couple of weeks ago, two brothers put their arms to the test in a pitching contest at Coors Field. One of them, Nathan Patterson, threw some amazing lines:
A few months earlier, Patterson had drawn attention to social media with his repertoire ... while he had his left arm in a cast.
But the story gets better.
Nathan Patterson, 23, has now signed a contract with the Oakland Athletics:
Patterson shared a bit of his story:
“How can you not be romantic about baseball” -Billy Beane Words cannot describe this feeling and I cannot thank everyone enough who has been part of this journey so far! 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. I’m grateful for all the trainers, coaches, friends, @rsrbaseball and everyone else who has supported me thus far! And 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. I’m grateful for the @athletics organization for giving me this opportunity! This story is not over. It is not the beginning. 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!
In August 2018, he reached 96 miles per hour in a pitching competition in a Nashville Sounds game, the Triple-A branch of the Athletics back then.
Inspired by this performance, Patterson began training, but was hit by a car and had to be operated on the left wrist.
Patterson was in contact with the Athletics in February, continued training and pulling and joined an amateur league. Then he went to the Rockies game and Oakland's ninth called him a few days later.
Congratulations, Nathan! You have to fight for dreams, especially when you are able to throw like that.