Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pat Venditte News 2014

Pat Venditte pitcher for Italia
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Pat Venditte, Jr. - Switch PItcher for the New York Yankees organization

2014 WB RailRiders, Scranton, PA
Class AAA, Affiliation: New York Yankees-AL

2014 Trenton Thunder, Trenton, NJ
Class AA, Affiliation: New York Yankees-AL

2014 Offseason Liga Mexicana del Pacifico

2013 Trenton Thunder, Trenton, NJ
Class AA, Affiliation: New York Yankees-AL

Class AAA, Affiliation: New York Yankees-AL

Pat Venditte (PatVenditte) on Twitter


2014 Stats - Trenton Thunder AA
0.82 ERA, 22 IP, 30K, 5BB

2014 Stats - Scranton/WB RailRiders AAA
3.94 ERA, 32 IP, 35K, 11BB (as of July 17)

Watch to see what New York Yankees ambidextrous minor league pitcher Pat Venditte has in his repertoire.

Free Pat Venditte!

by John SickelsMinor League Ball Jul 10 2014
The switch-pitching reliever is holding his own in Triple-A and should be seen as more than a novelty act.

I want to see Pat Venditte in the major leagues.
As you may know, Venditte is the only ambidextrous pitcher in professional baseball. A 20th round pick by the Yankees in 2008 out of Creighton University, Venditte was sometimes dismissed as a novelty act in college, but he was good enough in the NCAA (2.86 ERA over four seasons in the high-offense metal bat era, 255/64 K/BB in 245 innings) to get drafted on his own merits.
And he's remained very effective in the minors, too, despite a torn right labrum in 2012, reaching Triple-A this year and performing decently for Scranton (4.18 ERA but 2.34 FIP, 29/9 K/BB in 28 innings).

His MLB goals intact, ex-Creighton pitcher Pat Venditte is no novelty act

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre General Manager Rob Crain can always tell when Pat Venditte is stirring in the RailRiders’ bullpen.

“We have a bridge that goes over the top of our bullpens,” Crain said. “Every time that Pat starts to warm up, you’ll see a throng of people make their way over there.

“He’ll start throwing lefty, then righty and then lefty again. Our fans love it. They think it’s great.”
The former Creighton standout, professional baseball’s only ambidextrous pitcher, is used to the commotion after seven seasons in the New York Yankees’ organization.

'Switch pitcher' Pat Venditte not a novelty act

Fans at Fifth Third Field on Thursday may not have realized they were in for a unique occurrence when Scranton/​Wilkes-Barre pitcher Pat Venditte trotted in from the bullpen.
Venditte can throw effectively with both arms, meaning he threw left-handed against left-handed hitters and right-handed against right-handed hitters. When he faced Toledo’s Trevor Crowe, a switch-hitter, Venditte opted to pitch as a southpaw.

Blazing a Trail
by Howard Megdal
June 13, 2014

Hey, have you guys gotten sick of all the hype yet about that Yankees prospect?
You must know the one I mean. His ERA this year, pitching in the two highest minor league levels, is an even 2.00. He's thrown 36 innings, and his walk rate is a tiny 1.8 per nine, his strikeout rate a fantastic 10.5 per nine. He sparkled for Double-A Trenton. Then, when called to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he struck out the first five batters he faced.

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditti leads RailRiders to victory

May 18. 2014 10:33PM
The Times Leader

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Pat Venditte made his RailRiders season debut a memorable one.

The switch-pitcher who was just promoted from Double-A Trenton fanned all five batters he faced to earn the win in the RailRiders’ 3-2 triumph over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Sunday.

Pat Venditte update - River Avenue Blues 
May 23, 2014

Mike asks: I get it that Pat Venditte doesn’t have great stuff, and his main point of interest is that he switch-pitches, but after seven years in the minors with a 2.31 ERA and 376/86 K/BB ratio, isn’t it at least worth just seeing if he can do it in AAA? Why not just release him if they believe in him that little?
This question was sent in right before Venditte was promoted to Triple-A Scranton. Teams still need players to fill out their minor league rosters and soak up the playing time left over by the actual prospects, which is why guys like Venditte continue to get jobs even though the team may not believe they’re a future big leaguer. No club has a prospect for every roster spot on every minor league affiliate. Organizational players are necessary and somewhat important. That said, Venditte has been nails against left-handers this year (.071/.188/.071 with a 43.8% strikeout rate). With Cesar Cabral and Fred Lewis both pitching poorly and getting demoted to Double-A Trenton recently, Venditte just might be next in line for a call-up if another lefty reliever is needed. Unlikely? Yeah, probably. It’s not completely far-fetched though.

Pat Venditte update - River Avenue Blues 
March 28, 2014
Venditte had surgery on his right shoulder two years ago, and he returned last season to throw 28.2 innings at three different levels (3.45 ERA). He has been brought up to big league camp as an extra arm a few times this spring but hasn’t gotten into a game. Venditte is fully healthy now and throwing with both arms, and I think he’ll start the year with either Double-A Trenton or Triple-A Scranton. It might be Double-A because there are a ton of arms ticketed for Triple-A as it is. Venditte will turn 29 this summer, so he’s not some young prospect anymore. I don’t think he’ll get called up this year, but hey, he’ll be a minor league free agent next winter, so maybe another team will give him a shot. Since he’s gone unselected in the Rule 5 Draft several times, probably not. 

The Yankees will bring a bunch of guys up from minor league camp to help fill the roster while roughly half of the guys in big league camp head to Panama. Those daily call-ups will actually start tomorrow with the split-squad game in Clearwater. Pitchers Tyler Webb and Pat Venditte are coming up for the day ...
by Geoff Morrow, Sept 12, 2013

Trenton would not be denied, becoming the first Eastern League team since 1991 to win all six of its playoff games, finishing a three-game sweep of the Harrisburg Senators with an 11-4 victory to claim its third franchise title.

Trailing 7-1 into the sixth, the Senators had a chance to really get back into it. Jeff Howell's two-run single made it 7-3, and Harrisburg had runners on second and third with one out. That's when reliever Pat Venditte entered and stranded both with a shallow flyout and a strikeout.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pitch count for a switch pitcher

I get this question a lot from parents and players ...

When you are switch pitcher are pitch counts tallied on each arm?

Pitch counts are tallied per pitcher, not separately for each arm. So a switch pitcher is limited to the same pitch count as a regular pitcher during a Little League game.


Total Pitch Count vs Pitches per Inning


Friday, July 18, 2014

Switch Pitcher Alex Trautner Chooses Creighton

Alex Trautner Chooses Creighton - HS Sports Daily
By: Trevor Hampton

Alexander Trautner, a 6-foot-3, 210 pound ambidextrous pitcher from San Ramon Valley High School has committed to the Creighton University Bluejays’ D1 baseball program out of Omaha, Nebraska.
Trautner had garnered interest from Kansas, Hawaii, and Utah Valley among other D1 baseball programs.  However, Creighton University had special interest in him because of his unique ambidextrous pitching ability. The school in Omaha had previous success with nationally recognized ambidextrous pitcher, Pat Venditte, drafted twice during college, now pitching with the New York Yankees’ AAA organization.
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New Bluejay pitcher brings back Venditte’s versatility

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 | Omaha.com

As one ambidextrous pitcher to another, Pat Venditte has some advice for Alex Trautner. It doesn’t matter what arm Trautner throws with, Venditte said, he just needs to throw strikes if he wants to pitch for Ed Servais at Creighton.
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Alex Trautner is pitching with both arms for the Neptune Beach Pearl this summer. In six games, he’s 3-0 with a 1.12 ERA.

Alexander Trautner, ambidextrous pitcher, Danville, CA

Collegiate Summer Team: Neptune Beach Pearl, Alameda, CA
Check out Trautner's pitching stats

Alex Trautner on Twitter


Ambidextrous Pitcher - Creighton U '18