Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Top High School Switch Pitchers 2015

Switch Pitchers - Class of 2015

Switch Pitcher Henry Knight, Franklin HS, Seattle
The Class of 2015 has only a handful of notable ambidextrous pitchers, but they are very talented – with the skills to play multiple positions. Plus, they are solid hitters, which is becoming a trademark of ambidextrous players.

This list highlights the top ambidextrous high school baseball players from the class of 2015. Sorted by last name.


Cole Critchfield (2015) - Star Valley High School, Afton, Wyoming

Cole Critchfield is a 6'2" athlete who plays basketball and baseball. In the summer, he plays P, 1B, and OF for the Jackson Giants of the American Legion.


Tyler Hopman (2015) - Old Bridge, New Jersey

Tyler Hopman
Tyler Hopman is a 6'4" switch pitcher who plays for Old Bridge High School Knights in New Jersey. In an interview, he said that he feels a lot stronger throwing lefty.

When not pitching, Hopman plays center field right-handed. He bats exclusively from the left side.
Kurt Johnson (2015) - Royal High School, Simi Valley, California

Kurt Johnson is a 6'1" ambidextrous thrower who plays 1B and Pitcher. Johnson is listed as a BHP on Perfect Game, with an 80 mph fastball (2013). 
College commitment: Sacramento State as a LHP.


Henry Knight (2015) - Franklin High School, Seattle, Washington

Henry Knight served as a relief pitcher and closer in his third year on varsity. As a switch hitter, he posted a 10-game hitting streak with a .640 OBP.

Henry Knight warming up to switch pitch in a summer game
During the summer, Knight played shortstop, catcher and pitcher for the Columbia City Reds in Seattle. He posted a 0.875 ERA as a closer - helping the  Reds team to a 3rd place finish in the Mickey Mantle state tournament.

Knight threw 94 strikes over 11 innings in a summer game as the starting switch pitcher. He held the Seattle Select team scoreless over the final nine innings in 90 degree heat.


Brett Kolacki (2015) - Bremen High School, Midlothian, Illinois

Kolacki is a 6'5" ambidextrous pitcher at Bremen High School. Kolacki throws about the same speed with both arms (75-76 mph). As a junior, he posted 46 strikeouts in 46.2 IP. He plays OF/INF and bats right-handed.


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Pat Venditte signs with the Athletics

Switch pitcher Pat Venditte signed with the Athletics on November 19, 2014.

Previously, Venditte was a standout ambidextrous pitcher in the minors with the NY Yankees organization. He pitched in AAA, but was never called up to the big league. Hopefully, the A's learn how to use Venditte's unique talent to win games.

Over 7 years, Pat Venditte posted a 2.46 ERA in the minor leagues.

Athletics sign switch-pitcher Pat Venditte

a's logoFrom agent Marc Klingman comes word that Pat Venditte, a switch-pitcher who can throw both left-handed and right-handed, has signed a minor league contract with the Oakland A’s. The deal also carries an invitation to major league spring training.

Venditte was selected by the Yankees in the 20th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft out of Creighton University and posted a promising 2.46 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 10.1 K/9 across 384 2/3 innings in the Yanks’ 
minor league system, but he went six years without getting called to New York.

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Switch pitcher Pat Venditte invited to spring training

by Jim Baumbach | Newsday, November 19, 2014
If Pat Venditte makes baseball history next season by becoming the first player to be promoted to the big leagues as a switch pitcher, it won't be in pinstripes. 

The ambidextrous pitcher, a Yankees farmhand since 2008, on Wednesday signed a minor-league contract with the Oakland A's with an invite to spring training.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Pat Venditte is a free agent


Pat Venditte, the switch pitcher, is no longer a Yankee

Bill Veeck would have loved him: The lone pitcher of his - or any - generation to throw from both the left and right sides. You better believe, Veeck would never let two crappy seasons end without bringing this guy up, at least in September, to sell a few tickets.
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Switch pitcher Pat Venditte posted a 3.26 ERA in AAA for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in 2014.

We hope to see an MLB team pick him up in the offseason.


UPDATE: Venditte signs with the Athletics!
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