A’s sign fan who hit 96 mph during a speed pitch challenge

Two weeks after impressing during a speed pitch challenge at Coors Field, 23-year-old Nathan Patterson now has a minor-league contract with the Oakland Athletics.

Patterson and his brother Christian were “just chillin” at a Colorado Rockies game on July 15, when they decided to enter a speed pitch challenge at the stadium.

Christian tweeted a video of Nathan hitting 96 mph on his fastball, and implored MLB teams to “get him signed!”

The tweet was widely shared and on Thursday, Patterson shared a picture of him signing his new contract on Instagram.

“Words cannot describe this feeling and I cannot thank everyone enough who has been part of this journey so far!” he wrote on Instagram. “This story is not over. It is not the beginning. I am writing the next chapters and excited for this journey!”

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Patterson spoke to MLB.com, and said he had been talking to the A’s since February.

According to Patterson, he started training after hitting 96 at a Nashville Sounds game in August of 2018, but was hit by a car and had surgery on his non-throwing wrist in December.

He continued training through the winter, and shared videos of himself pitching despite having a cast on his off-hand.

Patterson said he got a call from the A’s “a few days” after hitting 96 at the Rockies game.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE staff writer. Email: eric.ting@sfgate.com | Twitter:@_ericting

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