Saturday, August 27, 2016

BHP Pat Venditte joins the Mariners bullpen

Can't wait to see Venditte warming up in the bullpen at Safeco Field in Seattle. Go Ms!

Patrick Michael Venditte, Jr. is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. After attending Creighton University, Venditte was drafted by the New York Yankees in 2008.

Pat Vendittee profile and stats

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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Switch pitcher Jurrangelo Cijntje in Little League World Series

Jurrangelo Cijntje

POSITION:  Pitcher, Infielder

TEAM:  Caribbean

Jurrangelo Cijntje #2
photo: Baseball Factory
Jurrangelo Cijntje, a small ambidextrous pitcher from Curaçao playing in Little League World Series uses two different gloves to throw right- and left-handed. This means that his strategy is to pitch with one arm until he struggles, then he switches gloves to throw with the other arm. He used this strategy in the LLWS.

He started out throwing lefty in his first game against South Korea - but he was wild and walked batters. In fact, he didn't have any command until he changed gloves and started pitching right-handed. This was strange since he is naturally left-handed and you would expect good control with his natural side, but he pitched much better right-handed.

Jurrangelo Cijntje tallied 90 pitches in 4 1/3 innings for an average of 21 pitches per inning which is very high for a starting pitcher. You would expect a starting pitcher to average around 14 pitches per inning to get through a 6 inning game with an 85 pitch limit.

He struck out 6 batters, mainly on high pitches - typical of aggressive Little Leaguers chasing the high fastball.

Breaking the Rules: 
Pitching lefty with the bases loaded in the first, Cijntje threw two balls to a right-handed batter (2-0 count), then the coached called time and brought out another glove so the pitcher could switch to throw right-handed. Switching arms during an at-bat is not allowed in Little League. The pitcher took 8 warmup throws, three tosses behind the mound, then five pitches (against the rules). When a pitcher switches arms they are not allowed warmup throws!

The umpire #77 had to talk with the officials behind the backstop to check on the rules for ambidextrous pitchers (umpire was confused). After a long delay, the pitcher switched gloves again to finish pitching left-handed to the batter. He landed up walking in a run on a 3-1 count. This was a horrible first inning for a starting pitcher.

As a lefty Cijntje threw 13 balls and 5 strikes - without recording an out.
3 walks and HBP - Yikes!

Switch to Right-handed to retire batters...

After switching to pitch right-handed, Cijntje struck out two batters, then hit the next batter - forcing in a run with the bases loaded. Luckily, he got the final batter to hit a weak chopper back to the mound for a 1-3 groundout. Again, he looked much better throwing right-handed.

30 pitches thrown in the 1st inning. He gave up 2 runs without a hit in the inning.

The coach thought that his pitcher was nervous to at the start of the game and it showed.

I like this kid - it takes a lot of practice to throw with both arms, but he didn't show that he was effective throwing left-handed. His pitches were way off the mark. He didn't seem comfortable pitching left-handed against the South Korea team.

Tip - Learn the Rules
Switch Pitching 101: Little League Rule for Ambidextrous Pitchers

Tip - Communicate with the Umpires
Coaches should talk with the umpires before the start of the game to make sure everyone understands the rules for an ambidextrous pitcher. This communication helps the flow of the game.

Time to buy an ambidextrous glove!

A 13 year-old player at this level should use a special glove for switch pitching. The Akadema model would do the trick for a little more the $100. A pitcher can buy a custom ambidextrous glove for only $230.

He was the first ambidextrous pitcher to throw in the LLWS in almost 60 years.

Angel Macias pitched a perfect game in the 1957 Little League World Series

Game Video

Jurrangelo Cijntje from Curaçao makes the fascinating switch from throwing left-handed to throwing right-handed during the middle of the 1st inning.

Watch the video

Curacao hurler throws left and right handed against Seoul in Little League World Series

By John Beauge | Special to PennLive 
on August 19, 2016

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT-A Curacao player did something Friday that has not been done at the Little League World Series in 60 years – pitch both right handed and left.
Jurrangelo Cijntje started the game against Seoul, South Korea, throwing left handed.

According to Little League, the 85 maximum pitches is for the body not an arm. That is the reason Cijntje could not have switched back to a lefty and kept pitching.
Officials believe he is first ambidextrous pitcher since Angel Macias in 1957 for Monterrey, Mexico. Macias is the only pitcher to hurl a perfect game in the world championship contest.
Read more

Cijntje is a natural left hander, but he struggled to throw strikes and switched to pitch right-handed. After throwing 90 pitches, he switched positions to play shortstop right-handed.

Jurrangelo Cijntje | Stats and Spray Charts | GameChanger

Baseball Factory Scouting Report with Video
PITCHING 1. Throws with both arms (RHP & LHP) 2. Commands the zone 3. Mixes pitches well

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)

Pat Venditte (PatVenditte) on Twitter

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.

Read more here:

2016 Toronto Blue Jays

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

Read more here:

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)
See Bio & Stats

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.


Monday, August 8, 2016

3,000 hits for Ichiro

Enjoyed watching Ichiro play for the Seattle Mariners. Congrats on the 3,000 hits!

Look at all the infield hits - this guy could run!

Monday, August 1, 2016

David Ghiloni BHP - Warwick, New York

HS pitcher David Ghiloni

2016 senior at Warwick High School in Warwick, New York
Class of 2017

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Positions: BHP, SS, OF
Bats: Left
Throws: Both

Glove: Akadema Ambidextrous Glove

Natural Lefty; throws harder left-handed, but has more control right-handed

Bayside Yankee pitcher David Ghiloni, age 17, has been using an ambidextrous glove since age 10. 
He mainly pitches right-handed since he faces more right-handed batters.  He's been throwing with both arms since about 2 years old.

Ghiloni has been clocked at 86 miles per hour as a lefty and 85 as a righty.

Ghiloni said he has several Division III colleges scouting him. Read the articles below for more information. 

Warwick’s switch-pitching wonder baffling batters with rare talent

By Sal Interdonato 

Times Herald-Record, May 1, 2017

WARWICK – David Ghiloni throws half his warm-up tosses left-handed as Washingtonville’s Brett Kalus gets set to lead off the game on Thursday afternoon. Ghiloni switches his six-finger glove into his left hand and throws the rest of the warm-up right-handed.

Dual threat
By Jason Peake Jul 23, 2016

Ghiloni, who owns a six-finger glove that he can wear on either hand, feels being ambidextrous gives him an edge on his opponents, not only physically, but also mentally.

“Their jaws drop,” Ghiloni said before his New York-based Yankees took on the Rawlings Tigers Orange at Mickey Mantle Field on a warm Friday afternoon. “No one’s seen it before. It messes with everybody’s head. It’s something that most kids can’t do and it’s a good thing to have.”

By Dannie Oliveaux
Jul. 24, 2016

What makes Ghiloni special is that he is ambidextrous. He can throw both with his right and left hand.

Ghiloni, the Yankees’ No. 2 pitcher, is naturally left-handed, but has more command pitching with his right hand because he has faced more right-handed batters, according to Cruz.

“It’s amazing he does it as effective as he does,” Cruz said. “He doesn’t walk many guys, he can battle and he can throw. He can throw three consecutive strikes at anytime. I rely on him heavily.”