|Pat Venditte pitcher for Italia|
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2013 Trenton Thunder, Trenton, NJ
Class AA, Affiliation: New York Yankees-AL
2012 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
Class AAA, Affiliation: New York Yankees-AL
Trenton finishes sweep of Harrisburg Senators in Eastern League Championship Series
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 victoryto 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.
by Howard Megdal, Aug 30, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- Pat Venditte, successful right-handed and left-handed pitcher for the Double-A Trenton Thunder, presents a significant matchup problem for any opposing manager in the late innings of a game.
His lefty hitters face a difficult sidearming lefty who throws in the mid-80s, featuring a fastball/slider combo. His righty hitters need to hit a versatile righty who's begun dropping down more, throwing a fastball up around 90 miles per hour, paired with a slider. Both versions of Venditte have begun mixing in a changeup as well.
But if he confounds opposing managers, Venditte's own pitching coach in Trenton, Tommy Phelps, has a much easier solution to instructing the switch-pitcher. He just treats coaching Venditte like coaching two separate pitchers.
Trenton welcome back "switch pitcher" Pat Venditte
By John Nalbone, Aug 13, 2013
Venditte, 28, had put himself on a track to be considered for the Yankees bullpen in 2012 with a 2.35 career ERA and an even more impressive WHIP of 1.051 over his first 180 minor league games, including stints with the Thunder (64-57) in late 2010 and 2011.
The novelty of Venditte being able to throw both left- and right-hander had begun to fade as his ability to get big outs in tough spots became more commonplace.
Prior to the surgery from the right side, Venditte was clocked at 94 mph. From the left side, Venditte comes more side-arm with a slider and a low-velocity fastball in the 85-87 mph range at his disposal.
In 2013, Venditte dropped down to a sidearm angle throwing right-handed.
|Pat Venditte shows off his Mizuno Ambidextrous Glove|
MLR Episode 56 – Being a Batboy is Hard
Sam, who is an adult, finds himself as a bat boy for the playoffs and takes in an in-depth look at what it’s like to face switch pitcher Pat Venditte. The Venditte rule is back in full effect. Listen to the Podcast
Thunder: Switch pitcher Venditte returns to Trenton
By Nick Peruffo Aug 14, 2013
TRENTON — Manager Tony Franklin will have a little more versatility when he looks down to the bullpen for the Thunder’s playoff push.
Pat Venditte — the notorious switch-pitcher who spent time in Trenton in 2010 and 2011 — is back with the club as he continues to rehab from the right labrum tear that cut short his 2012 campaign.
Venditte said before Tuesday’s game against the Harrisburg Senators that, while his right arm isn’t completely healthy, he is feeling confident with his progress.
Right arm's fine; Venditte ready for switch
By Rob White / World-Hearld
Pat Venditte's next step in his recovery from right shoulder surgery comes Saturday.
The ambidextrous pitcher, a former Creighton standout from Omaha Central, is scheduled to pitch right-handed in an official game for the second time for the Yankees' rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate.
He said the right arm feels good again after surgery to repair the labrum, a type of cartilage in the shoulder.He said he “let it go” on Tuesday in his first right-handed outing. “My velocity has come back to where it was before the surgery.”
Switch pitcher Venditte can't cool Cano at World Baseball Classic
By Stan McNeal, Sporting News - Mar 12, 2013
On the official score sheet for Tuesday’s game, Venditte was listed as a right-hander. But if you saw him working against the Dominican Republic, you saw him pitching as a left-hander. In fact, that’s why he was facing lefty-hitting Robinson Cano with Italy trying to hold a 4-2 lead with one out in the seventh inning.
“He throws harder from the right side but he is nasty from the lefty side,” Italy manager Marco Mazzieri said.
Prospect Venditte proud to compete for Italy
By William Boor / MLB.com
In 27 years of life, Pat Venditte has only been to Italy once. In fact, the pitcher only speaks a bit of Italian, but that does not mean he isn't dedicated and committed to playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic.
"It's a big deal to me," Venditte said. "I became an Italian citizen for this, and it's something I really looked forward to doing."
The Yankees' prospect is a natural right-hander, but he hurt himself last year. Venditte had surgery to repair a torn labrum on June 20 and will work with a catcher on flat ground for the first time on Tuesday.
Venditte hopes to be back to full speed and pitching with both arms by the middle of June, but he will have to pitch strictly left-handed for Italy.Italian National Baseball Team
WBC: 'Play Ball!' in any language
by Jim Caple | ESPN.com
OMAHA, Neb. - Former Bluejay Pat Venditte (2005-08) was officially added to the World Baseball Classic (WBC) roster for Team Italy on Thursday, Feb. 21.
A member of the New York Yankee organization, Venditte is best known for his ability to pitch with either arm. Venditte is expected to pitch exclusively as a left-hander in the WBC as he continues to recover from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right arm, suffered last season.
Venditte will play in WBC
by Mike Axisa, River Avenue Blues, Feb 21, 2013
Infielder Walt Ibarra (Mexico) and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte (Italy) will also play in the tournament according to Wally Matthews. Guess this means Venditte’s right shoulder is healthy following labrum surgery.
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by Hunter Farman, Yanks Go Yard, Jan 31, 2013
It is not very often that a pitcher who can throw with both arms comes around. Luckily, the Yankees have this player in their system. He is Pat Venditte, and he could possibly impact the major league club at some point this season.
Venditte has been in the Yankees’ system since they drafted him in the 45th round of the 2007 draft. Since then, he has spent time at nearly every level in the minor leagues. Better yet, he has had success pitching at every level. Venditte spent the 2012 season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, pitching in seven games and putting up some good numbers. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn labrum early on – thus ending his season.
by Mike Axisa
Sep 25, 2012 – Yankees switch pitcher Pat Venditte, 27, will miss at least half of the2013 season with a torn labrum surgery in his right shoulder.
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