There's shooting your shot for a job on Twitter, but what about pitching your pitch? That appears to have worked for A's free-agent signing Nathan Patterson.
Patterson signed a minor league contract with Oakland on Thursday, just 17 days after his brother tweeted a video of him hitting 96 mph at a speed pitch challenge during a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field.
While Patterson might have gone viral within the last two weeks, he seems to have been working at this for quite some time. Since January, he has posted footage on Instagram and Twitter of himself training at Parker Sports Performance in Nashville, Tennessee, and Patterson tweeted in June that he topped out at 95 mph in a game.
2019 Draft Eligable— Nathan Patterson (@npatterson_12) January 20, 2019
Cast comes off in 2 weeks and will start getting the upper body back in shape. You can count on upper 90's very soon. Any feedback is appreciated!@FlatgroundApp pic.twitter.com/FWxq2rQuE7
Free Agent still looking for an opportunity! First time pitching in a live game in 6 years (since junior year high school)— Nathan Patterson (@npatterson_12) June 26, 2019
4 K's/2 Groundouts/0 Walks
Fastball 91-93 T95
Slider 78-80@FlatgroundApp @PitchingNinja pic.twitter.com/kyQXHQvS0R
Looking for market inefficiencies has been in the A's DNA since "Moneyball," but this feels more like something out of "The Rookie." Give or take a few years, at least, since Patterson's Facebook page lists him as 23 years old.
Of course, Patterson's story by itself has the makings of a true-to-life tale. He surely hopes signing Thursday is just the beginning.
A's sign guy who hit 96 mph during in-stadium pitch-speed challenge originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area