Fan Who Threw 96 MPH at Pitching Booth Signed by A’s

OAKLAND, California — A fan has landed a minor league contract after showing off his skills at a stadium speed pitch cage.

Nathan Patterson could be considered the real life “Rookie of the Year.”

Patterson is about to go from a regular 23-year-old dude with a dream to a professional baseball player.

Patterson stepped into a speed pitch radar booth set up for fans at a July Colorado Rockies game and threw some serious heat – an impressive 96 miles per hour!

“A 96 miles per hour is excellent. It is major league quality. You don’t expect to see that on the concourse, you expect to see that on the field of play,” USA Today’s Christine Brennan said.

His brother posted the video online and it blew up.

The Oakland A’s took notice and were calling him with a deal just a few days later. He signed a contract on Thursday.

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