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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