On Friday, St. Michael senior Kade Patin signed his college letter of intent to play baseball for University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Patin is a veteran in the sport, having played for as long as he can remember. “I began playing t-ball when I was four. So I have basically been playing for my entire life. I have always played pitcher and third base, but I signed to be just a pitcher in college,” he shares.
Along with playing all four years for St. Michael High School, Patin also played for a few travel teams growing up, helping him hone his skills further. “I played travel ball with the Ascension Braves throughout middle school as well as with the Ballpark Reds. In high school I played for a showcase team called the Louisiana Dirt Bags, who had the same coach from my time on the Reds.”
SMHS Head Coach Tookie Johnson praises Patin for his diverse skills in the sport as well as his knowledge for the game. “Kade is such a varied pitcher with great control,” he shares. “He has the ability to play multiple positions plus he is a smart player. With his high baseball IQ, he will be a great asset to his college team.”
Patin says that he is most looking forward to attending college outside of Louisiana, meeting his teammates, and playing for University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Head Coach, Zach Foster. “I am excited for a new experience in all aspects, even though I am not looking forward to the cold weather up there,” he says jokingly. “The head coach, Coach Foster, really drew me in…when I met with him over Zoom, he made me feel comfortable. So that is a big reason why I signed” he shares.
Patin plans to major in mechanical engineering while in Bradford. “That was another reason I was drawn to this college. They are one of the only Division III schools that offers that major as well as the chance to play baseball,” he explains. Patin will visit the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s campus this week, where he will have a chance to meet all the coaches in person, as well as tour the campus.