Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pat Venditte News 2014

Venditte signs with the Athletics!
Pat Venditte pitcher for Italia
(Photo by MG-Oldmanagency / FIBS)

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 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
3.36 ERA, 56.1 IP, 53K, 17BB 
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November 22, 2014

Switch-pitcher Venditte inks Minor League deal
Former Yankees farmhand posted 2.46 ERA over seven seasons
By Andrew Simon /

The A's reportedly have signed a right-handed pitcher and a left-handed pitcher, all in one move.
The ambidextrous Pat Venditte will take his switch-pitching talents to Oakland on a Minor League deal that includes an invitation to big league Spring Training, according to a recent tweet from his agent, Marc Kligman. The club has not confirmed the signing.

Friday, November 7, 2014

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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MLB hot stove: Full Yankees' minor league free agent list
By Brendan Kuty | NJ Advance Media for 
Venditte, 29, is famous for being the game's only ambidextrous pitcher. He's pitched relatively well at each level of the minors he's reached, but hasn't been able crack a big-league roster. Venditte posted a 3.36 ERA in 56.1 relief innings at Triple-A Scranton in 2014.

Unfortunately, Pat Venditte did not receive a call up to play in the big leagues in 2014.

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

Pat Venditte, Yankees' ambidextrous pitcher hoping for his call to the majors - Newsday
August 16, 2014

Pat Venditte (Newsday)
MOOSIC, Pa. - Yankees minor-leaguer Pat Venditte is one phone call away from his dream of making it to the major leagues. But there are two sides to this pitcher's story. If that call comes, Venditte will become the first man in major-league history to be promoted as an ambidextrous pitcher.

There have been countless switch hitters in the game's history, of course, but there has never been a pitcher to make it to the majors who could routinely throw with both arms. And Venditte is determined to prove that his pitching style is not a gimmick. He believes he can get big-league hitters out -- with either hand -- if given the chance.
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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).

'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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Friday, November 28, 2014

Ambidextrous baseball players

Yu Darvish - RHP, Texas Rangers

Darvish is ambidextrous | Texas Rangers Blog
When Texas Rangers righthander Yu Darvish took the mound at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for a photo session on Friday night, he showed his ambidextrous side.
Darvish tossed from the mound from the right and left sides. Darvish throws from the left side during workouts as a way to keep his delivery in balance. While with Hokkaido Nippon Ham of the Pacific League, Darvish would throw from the left side on the first day after a start. 


Matt Boyd 
Matt Boyd LHP

Hometown: Mercer Island, WA
Height/Weight: 6' 3", 215 lb
Position: Pitcher
Throws: Left (throws a football right-handed)
Velocity: 95 mph 

A natural right-hander, Matt Boyd was a starting left-handed pitcher for the Oregon State Beavers in the PAC 12, with a 7-2 record in 2013.

"Boyd arrived at Oregon State as a pitcher-first baseman who hit .464 and had an 0.84 ERA with 91 strikeouts in 58 innings as a prep senior."

Following his senior year at OSU, LHP Matt Boyd was drafted in the 6th round (175th overall) of the  2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft by Toronto.


Max Homick 

Max Homick is an Ambidextrous Gem

By Jim Ecker | Perfect Game USA
January 21, 2010

Max Homick gets strange looks on a baseball field sometimes. Opponents aren't sure what they've just seen. Does he have a twin brother? Are they seeing double? Is it an optical illusion?

That's what happens when you pitch with your left hand, then occasionally move to third base and throw with your right hand.

"They don't believe it at first," Homick told Perfect Game USA. "I start seeing these weird looks. After the game they'll be like, 'Did you just throw with both hands?' And I say, 'Yeah, I did.' Everyone just thinks it's crazy. Everyone is like, 'Man, I wish I could do that.'"


Jeff Yoder 

On The Other Hand, He Could've Picked Football Pottsville Senior Jeff Yoder Is A Righthanded Pitcher . . . And A Lefthanded Quarterback.

POSTED: November 09, 1994

Recruited by Division I colleges in both football and baseball, Jeff Yoder decided last week to pursue baseball. He made an oral commitment to Clemson University and will sign a national letter of intent today, the first day of the early signing period. Clemson last spring won its second straight Atlantic Coast Conference title. Ranked No. 1 the last month of the season, the Tigers compiled a 57-18 record, the best in college baseball.

"After my junior year, I didn't know what I wanted to do," Yoder said. ''But over the summer, I decided to do baseball. I kept getting more and more attention for my pitching."

Harold Yoder can take credit for his son's two-handed talents. When Jeff was young, he begged his father for a lefthander's baseball glove. But his father insisted that he use the old mitts lying around the house, hand-me- downs from Yoder's two older, righthanded brothers.

"I'm pitching righty because my dad wouldn't buy me a lefty glove," said Yoder, who adapted with ease.
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Jeff Yoder Minor League Statistics & History |

Jeff Yoder - Asst Coach Penn State Schuylkill



Sierra Amundson switches pitching arm after Tommy John Surgery - MaxPreps

A highly challenging experiment is proving successful and could be a career enhancement for the future.

In August of 2013, Sierra Amundson, a rising junior softball pitcher at Central Cass (Casselton, N.D.), underwent "Tommy John surgery." This surgery has become commonplace in baseball, but not nearly as common in softball - especially on such a young person.

During the three-hour surgery, performed by North Dakota State University team doctor Bruce Piatt, a tendon was taken from her right wrist and used to strengthen the existing weakened tendon in her right elbow. 

Faced with the prospect of losing her entire junior season, Sierra vowed to try pitching left-handed.

Central Cass standout to pitch left-handed following surgery

Casselton, N.D.- Sierra Amundson has been a regular member of the Central Cass softball team's pitching rotation the past two seasons. After going 8-0 as a starter her sophomore season in which Central Cass won the North Dakota Class B state championship, Amundson was penciled in as the team's returning ace in 2014- at least until early August of last year. That is when the right-handed junior found out her pitching arm needed Tommy John surgery- a procedure where the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body.
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Beyond The Game: Sierra Amundson

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When I say Tommy John surgery any sports fan will cringe.

The surgery almost guarantees that a player will be sidelined for a full year, or in some cases longer.

In this week's Beyond The Game, Tim Frie explains how one local athlete is not allowing that surgery to sideline her this spring.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Pat Venditte Stats - 2.46 career ERA

Switch pitcher Pat Venditte owns a 2.46 career ERA in 242 games over seven seasons in the minors with the NY Yankees organization. 

In November 2014, Pat Venditte signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics and he is now listed on the roster with the Nashville Sounds - AAA team. 

The 29 year-old Venditte has an invitation to the A's spring training in 2015.
Pat Venditte uses a six-finger glove with two thumb holes. ... Is a natural right-hander but has thrown with both arms since the age of 3.

Switch-pitchers are rare in the Majors, but Venditte has given himself a chance by enjoying success throughout his time in the Minors. A 20th-round Draft pick out of Creighton, Venditte owns a 2.46 career ERA over seven seasons, stopping at each level along the way and working mostly in relief. (Andrew Simon,

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Venditte Joins Oakland - Sound Bytes Blog


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pat Venditte signs with the Athletics

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

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

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

"Venditte is going to have a tough time cracking Oakland’s deep and talented bullpen out of spring training, but the 29-year-old is a very unique talent and should get a shot eventually at the big league level." - Hardball Talk's Drew Silva

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.
Read more

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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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Kurt Johnson - Simi Valley CA

Royal High School (Class of 2015)
Kurt Johnson
Simi Valley, California

College: Commitment to Sacramento State
as a left-handed pitcher
(Division I, Western Athletic Conference)

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190
Positions: First Base, Pitcher
Bats: Left
Throws: Both (Ambidextrous)

Velocity: 80 mph (at Perfect Game 2013)
Throws harder left-handed, than right-handed

1.91 ERA, 55 IP, 60 K, 32 BB (Junior year 2014)

How Kurt Johnson got started throwing with both arms ....

"As a 9-year-old, Johnson said he didn't know whether he was left-handed or right-handed, so he threw both ways. During youth ball, he sometimes threw both ways in games. The only time he has thrown left-handed and right-handed in high school was as a freshman." - LA Times

11 student-athletes sign National Letter of Intent to attend Sacramento State - The State Hornet: Sports

The Hornets nabbed newcomer Kurt Johnson, who is ranked No. 1 by Perfect Game USA as the nation’s top ambidextrous pitcher. He hails from Royals High School in Simi Valley, California. The California native signed as a left-handed pitcher and is in his senior year of high school. As a junior, Johnson finished with a 1.91 ERA (5-4), 3 complete games and 60 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched. Read More

Kurt Johnson - LHP - Simi Valley, Calif./Royal HS
Played four years at Royal HS, the last three under head coach Dan Maye...Went 5-4 with a 1.91 ERA in 2014...Had 60 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched with three complete games...Is ambidextrous and has pitched both left-handed and right-handed, sometimes in the same game...Threw a no-hitter as a freshman pitching five innings left-handed and the last two right-handed...LA Times story


by Eric Sondheimer  @latsondheimer, LA Times
September 10, 2014

Get ready for a little bit of a freak show this spring at Simi Valley Royal.

Come one, come all to see the Highlanders' ambidextrous pitcher, senior Kurt Johnson.

Committed to Sacramento State as a left-handed pitcher, Johnson spent much of the summer throwing right-handed to rest his left arm.

On Wednesday during baseball class, he was throwing left-handed and right-handed.

"It's the coolest thing in the world," assistant coach Tony Ortega said.

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