- Nathan Patterson lit up a speed-pitch radar booth at Coors Field, clocking 96 mph
- The 23-year-old just signed a contract with the Oakland Athletics after gaining attention
- Prior to throwing last August, he hadn’t thrown in years
Nathan Patterson, a 23-year-old who hasn’t pitched competitively in years, was at a Colorado Rockies game with his brother just a few weeks ago. He decided to test his arm strength in a radar booth at the stadium.
Today, he’s the Oakland Athletic’s newest signing. Now the question is will he play a game at Triple-A (or the majors) in 2019?
Odds Nathan Patterson Reaches Triple-A in 2019
|Option||Will Nathan Patterson play a game for the Oakland Athletics or the Las Vegas Aviators in 2019?|
A Second Chance for Patterson
Not only is Nathan Patterson throwing 96 as a fan at a baseball game, his story is pretty incredible. He played high-school baseball, but never continued into college.
“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! pic.twitter.com/E4eSMUDmU5
— Nathan Patterson (@npatterson_12) August 1, 2019
Last August, he thought he’d give baseball a go again. He initially caught the eye of the A’s at a Nashville Sounds Game. Prior to that, he hadn’t thrown in a few years, and said his arm wasn’t very good then.
Then in December 2018, Patterson got in a car accident and needed surgery, restarting his journey once again.
I can’t say whether or not many people have almost touched 100 mph at a speed pitch challenge as a fan. My guess is that if someone had, we would’ve heard about it.
The A’s have yet to officially name Patterson to the minor-league roster, but his goal is to continue to work hard and make the big leagues.
Will He Reach Triple-A in 2019?
The Oakland A’s are currently second in the AL West with a 62-48 record, and eight games back from the Astros. They have a decent pitching rotation and pitching roster. There’s absolutely zero chance he reaches the big leagues this year. Or next year. Or the year after that, even. He is a long-term project.
There’s basically a zero-percent chance he reaches Triple-A in 2019, as well. Patterson’s story is incredible. But with it already being August, the odds of him playing this year are effectively nil. There’s no value on it at -10000, but betting the “Yes” is throwing your money away.
Pick: No (-10000)