Nathan Patterson, who became an internet wonder after video of him throwing well into the 90s at a Coors Field speed-pitch cage during a Colorado Rockies game hit social media, struck out the side Thursday in his professional debut.
The Athletics, who recently signed Patterson to a minor league contract, began talking with him in January. He was training at that point and, after healing from a wrist injury, played in a men's league to stay on top of his game.
When he tried his hand in the speed-pitch cage in Denver and the result circulated on social media, the A's took notice again.
"A few days later the A's gave me a call," Patterson said after the signing was announced, according to MLB.com.