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Fan who signed with A's, Nathan Patterson, strikes out side in minor league debut

Chris Bumbaca
USA TODAY

Nathan Patterson's fairy tale story has added another chapter. Because as far as debuts go, this is as good as it gets.

Patterson, the right-hander who drew notice after throwing 96 mph at a speed-pitch radar booth at a Colorado Rockies game this year, made his professional debut in the Oakland A's organization Thursday in the Rookie-level Arizona League and struck out all three batters he faced.

"Last night was incredible and truly a blessing as I made my first professional outing. 

I’m not gonna lie, the nerves were flowing until I threw strike one. After that, I took a big deep breathe (sic) and realized all the hard work over the last year has prepared me for this moment," the 23-year-old wrote on Instagram the day after his outing. "It could not have gone any better and I cannot thank my family, friends, teammates, and coaches enough for the love and support." 

The 23-year-old's journey Hollywood-esque journey is off to a strong start.