As any fan can imagine, the idea of being signed onto your dream baseball team is something that most of us can only really imagine. In truth, things like this happen once in a lifetime, but for Nathan Patterson, when the Oakland Astros called him up to see whether he wanted to sign a contract with them – his dreams came true overnight! The reason for them calling him was surprising. Someone had seen a clip of the 23-year-old casually throwing a baseball 96 MPH in the Coors Field practice cages which had immediately drawn the attention of the clubs managers.
Patterson had never played a sport professionally before in his life and his story is indeed quite an amazing one. Back in high-school, Patterson used to play baseball competitively. However, when he got to college, he put it to the side to focus on his studies. Then, on top of not even being a major baseball player (even as a hobby), Patterson suffered some damage to his arm in a car accident roughly 2 years ago. After that, he rested his arm for a while, slowly building up strength while it healed. Since the recording of the video, Patterson hadn’t so much as thrown a baseball in a good few months. Then, with almost no effort at all, he starts blasting the ball fat 90 MPH consecutively, climbing as high as 96 MPH.
When the video of him started trending, it was only a matter of time before the managers of the Oakland Astros kept an eye on him. When he returned to the cage to throw a few more balls with his friend, they approached him and discussed the idea of signing him. 3 weeks later and Patterson was offered a contract to join the Oakland Astros. In many ways, it’s as though his dream has come true and almost overnight at that!