Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pat Venditte News 2016

Venditte - Blue Jays

Ambidextrous Pat Venditte pitches in the MLB!

  • Patrick Michael Venditte
  • Pronunciation: ven-det-ee
  • Born: 6/30/1985 in Omaha, NE
  • Draft: 2008, New York Yankees, 20th rd. (620th overall)
  • College: Creighton
  • Debut: June 5, 2015

  • Sinker Velocity: 85 mph
  • 5.19 ERA in 8 games (July 2016)

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2016 Seattle Mariners

Venditte called up to the Mariners bullpen - Aug 2016

Mariners Acquire Pat Venditte From Blue Jays - MLB Trade Rumors

Current teamTacoma Rainiers (#27 / Pitcher) - Aug 2016

Ambidextrous Venditte presents Rainiers with a challenge and advantage - The Olympian, 11 Aug 2016

In his Rainiers debut on Tuesday, Venditte pitched two relief innings, allowed two hits, no walks and threw two strikeouts — all while switching hands.

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2016 Toronto Blue Jays

25 appearances (2-1, 4.37 ERA, 1.49 WHIP) this season with the Triple-A Bison.

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Pat Venditte on the 40-man roster
On October 19, 2015, Venditte was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.

In April 2016, Venditte was called up from the minors to play for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Toronto Blue Jays |

Twins trying to prepare for Pat Venditte – a switch-pitcher
After making 26 appearances with the Oakland A’s last season, posting a 4.40 earned run average, the 30-year-old Creighton product has a 4.50 ERA through his first six outings for the Blue Jays.

Venditte pitching for the Buffalo Bisons - AAA (April 2016)
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Blue Jays' Pat Venditte: Optioned to Triple-A Buffalo April 2016

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte arrives to give Toronto Blue Jays a couple of hands

Blue Jays’ Venditte on switch-pitching: It’s still a work in progress
Sportsnet  MARCH 1, 2016, 8:47 AM
A natural right-hander, Venditte started throwing with his left arm at age three at his father’s behest. It wasn’t until his junior year at Creighton University, however, that he really began seeing results. "It’s still a work in progress," Venditte said.

Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte debuts for Athletics in 2015 
BOSTON -- Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte made his major league debut Friday night after he was called up by the Oakland Athletics before their game against the Boston Red Sox.

Oakland Athletics call up switch-pitcher Pat Venditte -

2015 Oakland Athletics, CA

Active Roster - Oakland Athletics

Venditte called up to the big leagues on 5 June 2015

to switch pitch for the Oakland Athletics

Switch-pitcher Venditte makes his MLB debut - YouTube

Pat Venditte, Jr. - A professional Switch PItcher formerly with the New York Yankees organization - signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics (Nov 19, 2014)

2015 Nashville Sounds, Nashville, TN
Class AAA, Affiliation: Oakland Athletics

2015 Stats - Nashville Sounds AAA

1.55 ERA, 29 IP, 28K, 12BB,  1.00 WHIP (as of 24 May 2015)

News Articles

Switch pitcher Pat Venditte is baseball's most fascinating player 

Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte wants to show the Blue Jays he has Major League arms
Ted Berg, USA Today | February 23, 2016
And though Venditte will always have a spot in Major League history as the game’s first full-time switch-pitcher (longtime MLB righty Greg Harris threw lefty against two batters in a game in 1995), he is no longer unique in the professional ranks: The Cleveland Indians used a 12th round pick in the 2015 draft to select Ryan Perez, who boasts low-90s heat from both arms.
Venditte spoke to Perez about their craft while the latter was in high school, and works with another ambidextrous Blue Jays pitcher — Creighton walk-on Alex Trautner — while he’s training in Nebraska in the offseason.
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From the archive...

Two Pitchers in One
by John Strubel, posted in May 2009

“To be successful Pat has to do two things,” said Pat Sr. “Locate his pitches and, two: throw the kind of pitch that will disrupt the batter.”
Agitating the batter shouldn’t be a problem since Venditte throws right-handed … and left-handed. He is ambidextrous, the only pitcher in professional baseball to throw with both arms. He throws two different pitches with his right arm, two more with his left with a sidearm delivery; now, try hitting that.


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