Friday, March 13, 2015

Pat Venditte switch pitches in spring game

Oakland A's Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte threw with both arms in a Cactus League opener against the SF Giants on March 3, 2015.

Venditte begins spring by recording an out with each arm

A's hurler shows off switch-pitching skills in Cactus opener

by Jane Lee /

MESA AZ -- What has become a routine act for Pat Venditte is an astonishing sight for those watching him.

The A's switch-pitcher introduced himself to Cactus League on Tuesday, recording two outs against the Giants -- one with each arm -- as fans, and even teammates, ooed and aahed.

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A's switch pitcher Pat Venditte impresses again

By Susan Slusser, SF Gate, Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mesa, Ariz. - Along with starter Barry Zito, the A’s had their other unusual non-roster pitcher in action on Thursday.

Ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte followed Zito, working the third inning, and he retired the top three men in the Cubs order, Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro. ...

“He gets it done,” Carlin said. “He hits his spots. The slider is a good slider. (Switch pitching) is an interesting weapon. … It definitely has its advantages, I feel like more so than a switch hitter.”

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