Nathan Patterson played baseball in high school, but figured he wasn't good enough to make it to the pros, so he stopped. He figured wrong: After he threw 96 miles per hour in a pitching booth at Coors Field in Colorado last month, the Oakland A's took notice of Patterson's prowess and signed him to a contract. MLB.com reports that the 23-year-old actually started getting back into the sport after hitting 96 on the radar gun at a minor-league Nashville Sounds game last year, a feat that surprised him because he hadn't thrown a baseball "for a few years before that." So he started training, a process that was halted for a bit when he got hit by a car and had surgery on his non-throwing wrist.
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