Saturday, March 31, 2012

Pat Venditte's Warm Up Routine

How does Pat Venditte warm up both arms in the bullpen?

Pat Venditte talks about how he prepares to switch pitch:

Having two arms to warm up also leads to specialized routine as far as getting ready in the pen, “If there is a group of lefties coming up and I’m coming in to face a lefty, then I’ll get the left one hot first. If it’s just a normal situation, I’ll go righty first, because it takes a little bit longer to get loose and I only need probably four or five throws to get loose lefty and then not very many pitches from the left side to get ready to go into the game. It’s just a different angle and it seems it’s a lot easier to get loose from the sidearm slot.” (source: CBS Pilly)
In college, Pat Venditte dropped down to a sidearm angle, left-handed. The sidearm slot made his pitches more deceptive, plus it was easier for him to warm up.

While he has thrown with both arms since childhood, he says it was at Creighton that the ability really started to be refined, “Freshman year of college, I pitched pretty much strictly right-handed, the left hand hadn’t really developed. Then my pitching coach during my sophomore year dropped me down to the sidearm angle that I’m at now (left-handed), and that’s really when I was able to find success and I was able to pitch at the collegiate level. There were definitely trying times, like anything you do, there’s going to be some bumps and I’ve had my bumps along the way, but its been pretty constant.”

Trenton's Venditte An Effective Switch... Pitcher 
by Matt Leon, CBS Philly


Pat Venditte News 2012

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Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to be available in Rule 5 draft

Nov 18, 2011

The Yankees added 2B David Adams, OF Zoilo Almonte, INF Corban Joseph, RHP D.J. Mitchell and RHP David Phelps to the 40-man roster prior to Friday’s deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft, but they left switch-pitcher Pat Venditte off the list, making him eligible to be picked on Dec. 8. (

Injury News 

Venditte hoping to avoid surgery on torn labrum

Monday May 21, 2012
Former Creighton pitcher Pat Venditte, professional baseball’s only ambidextrous pitcher, has a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Venditte said Monday night that he is hoping to avoid surgery that would sideline him for around 10 months. He is currently rehabbing the injury at the New York Yankees’ training complex in Tampa, Fla.

MLB Prospect Watch: Injury Update (May 31, 2012)
Pat Venditte has a big decision to make regarding his future.  The Yankees switch-pitcher reportedly has a torn labrum in his right shoulder, according to The Scranton Times-Tribune, which makes for a tough decision, given that he still has another healthy arm to pitch with.  For most pitchers, season-ending surgery would be the only option, but since Venditte is a switch-pitcher, he has the option to keep pitching with just his healthy left arm and hope that rest is enough of a remedy for his right arm.  The problem, however, is that the general opinion on Venditte is that he's not a good enough pitcher from either side to get by without constantly having the platoon advantage against hitters. (source: MLB Prospect Watch)


BBD Interview with Pat Venditte

by reg corcoran on April 25, 2012 
Pat Venditte is a switch pitcher the Yankees drafted in the 20th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Creighton University. Since then he’s turned in nothing but successful seasons at every level. He hasn’t had a single season with an ERA above 3.4, and that was in Double-A last year.
Read the interview with Pat Venditte


Pat Venditte: Novelty Act or Viable Bullpen Prospect?

by  on MARCH 1, 2012 (
One of the more intriguing members of the Yankee farm system is a player who hasn’t showed up on any of the top prospect lists I’ve seen over the past few months and likely never will. That player is Pat Venditte, the ambidextrous relief pitcher from Double-A Trenton. 
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Let's Talk About Pat Venditte

Spring is upon us, but one very intriguing man is missing from camp, and his name is Pat Venditte. I suppose I'm not surprised, considering the Yankees left him unprotected during this winter's Rule 5 draft. This probably explains why he didn't get an invite to spring training, but that shouldn't mean he'll never reach the majors. What should we make of him going forward?
A basic scouting report on Venditte reveals his biggest weakness: below average stuff from both sides of the mound. From the right side, he works with a low 90s fastball and curveball. From the left, he works in the mid to upper 80s with his fastball, and compliments that with a slider.
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Pat Venditte Minor League History and Stats

Bats: Right, Throws: Right ,
Venditte typically throws with the hand needed to gain the platoon advantage.
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 180 lb.
Born: June 30, 1985 in Omaha, Nebraska, US (Age 26)
Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 45th round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft and the New York Yankeesin the 20th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft.

New York Yankees prospect Pat Venditte pitches from both sides of the mound

March 30, 2012 |

Venditte is a switch pitcher, the only one in pro baseball, and the only one to do it consistently in more than 100 years.
He’s been throwing with both arms his whole life, but he says he wasn’t a double-armed child prodigy.
“It was forced,” the 26-year-old reliever explains. “There was no natural ability from the left side.”

Pat Venditte News 2011

Trenton’s Venditte An Effective Switch…Pitcher

TRENTON, NJ (CBS) – In the world of minor league baseball, you are liable to see just about anything. Teams utilize any kind of promotion or gimmick to draw attention to their respective squad. But there may be nothing as fascinating this season as the story emerging in the Double-A Trenton Thunder bullpen. And it’s anything but a gimmick.
Pat Venditte was a 20th round draft pick of the Yankees back in 2008, out of Creighton. Now 26-years-old, Venditte is one of the top relievers for their Double-A team, the Thunder. And he is ambidextrous, having become an effective reliever with both his left and right arms.
“I was three-years-old when my dad started working with me to pitch with both hands and it’s just been a work in progress ever since,” Venditte says.

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Pat Venditte News 2010

Checking In On Baseball Oddity Pat Venditte 
by Jack Moore - May 28, 2010
In case you’re not familiar, Pat Venditte is a pitcher in the New York Yankees minor league system who has made some waves for his remakarkable talent: he’s a switch pitcher. Venditte pitches proficiently with both arms. His story made some national waves last year when an at-bat against a switch hitter led to a bit of a debacle (link includes video).
Not only was Venditte’s season a point of interest for those into baseball trivia and oddities, he actually performed quite well. Although his age (23) was advanced for A and A+, it was only his second professional season, and so his 2.07 cumulative FIP and 2.24 FIP at A+ Tampa certainly piqued the interest of some, although others aren’t exactly convinced yet.

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte delivers thrill for New York Yankees
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - After CC Sabathia left Tuesday's game against the Braves, he sat on the bench to watch the young lefthander who had replaced him in the fifth inning.
But when Pat Venditte threw his first pitch to Yunel Escobar, he did so with his right hand.
"It freaked me out a little bit," Sabathia said. "I didn't know what was going on. I saw they brought a lefty in, then the batter go up there and he was throwing righthanded. I thought maybe that guy got hurt and they brought another one out."

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Venditte Keeps On Rolling

Last year, Eric pointed you to a video of switch-pitcher Pat Venditte facing switch-hitter Ralph Henriquez. The match-up was a sensation and led to “The Pat Venditte rule”, as the Professional Baseball Umpries Corporation issued an official ruling on how such situations should be handled going forward.
Needless to say, Venditte has gotten significantly more recognition than most 20th round picks. However, with the way he’s pitched as a professional, he’s giving people reason to think that he might be more than a circus sideshow.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

High School Ambidextrous Pitchers 2015

Switch Pitchers - Class of 2015

Henry Knight throws deceptive changeups from both sides
as a high school switch pitcher
The Class of 2015 has only four 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 ambi players.

Below are highlights of ambidextrous high school baseball players from the class of 2015.


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 6'2" 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.

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

As a sophomore, Henry Knight was a starting shortstop and switch pitcher with 2-0 record and a 2.23 ERA in ten games. Working in relief, he recorded 22 strikeouts and only two walks over 22 IP, for a 11:1 K/BB ratio. 

As a switch hitter, he chalked up a .525 OBP with 16 RBIs and 14 Runs scored over 18 games started. Plus, he recorded a 9-game hitting streak while batting second in the order. He hit .448 batting right-handed. 

Henry Knight warming up to switch pitch in a summer game
During the summer, Knight plays shortstop, catcher and pitcher for the Columbia City Reds in Seattle. He posted a 1.26 ERA as a closer. 

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 lanky ambidextrous pitcher who primarily played on JV during his sophomore season at Bremen High School. He plays OF/INF and bats right-handed.


High School Switch Pitchers >>