Venditte signs with the Athletics!
Pat Venditte pitcher for Italia
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Pat Venditte, Jr. - A professional Switch PItcher formerly with the New York Yankees organization - has signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics (Nov 19, 2014)
2015 Nashville Sounds, Nashville, TN
Class AAA, Affiliation: Oakland Athletics
2014 Stats - Trenton Thunder AA
0.82 ERA, 22 IP, 30K, 5BB
2014 Stats - Scranton/WB RailRiders AAA
3.36 ERA, 56.1 IP, 53K, 17BB
Jan 26, 2016
Why Pat Venditte Should Actually Make The Opening Day Roster
By and large, the switch-pitching Pat Venditte is a feel-good story. He's the kind of player you adopt as a fan favorite and act like you want him on the team, until you start worrying about the standings and admit that "No, he's probably not one of the best 25 choices -- it's just that he's soooooo cool!"
I have never seen Venditte pitch, so all I have to go on at the moment are his pedigree (meh, a 29 year old 20th round pick yet to pitch above AAA) and his minor league stats (pretty darn good, actually), and when I actually watch him throw to hitters I will have a better sense of how often I think he can get big leaguers out.
November 22, 2014
Switch-pitcher Venditte inks Minor League deal
Former Yankees farmhand posted 2.46 ERA over seven seasons
By Andrew Simon / MLB.com