Friday, June 16, 2017

Switch hitters in the 2017 MLB draft

2017 MLB Draft News |

More than 100 shortstops were selected in the draft. There were a dozen switch-hitters selected who play shortstop - the most athletic position in baseball. Eight of those switch-hitters where out of high school, and only 4 switch-hitters selected played in college. Switch hitting is rare at the college level.

No switch-hitters were selected in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft.
One HS outfielder who can switch hit - Drew Waters - was selected in the second round.

Both sides now: Large's switch work pays off

Blue Jays' 5th-round pick's ambidextrous approach could be ticket to bigs

By Gregor Chisholm / | @gregorMLB | June 15th, 2017
TORONTO -- Cullen Large's career as a switch-hitter began almost by accident. Messing around in the batting cage before a game led to some surprising results. Now it eventually could become his ticket to the big leagues.

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Venditte's ambidextrous pitching style

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pat Venditte in the minors

Where is Pat Venditte pitching?

2017 - Ambidextrous pitcher Venditte was traded to the Phillies by the Mariners.

He is now pitching in AAA.

Pat Venditte 5 P

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

  • Status: Active
  • Full Name: Patrick Michael Venditte
  • Age: 31 (June 30, 1985)
  • Birthplace: Omaha, NE
  • Bats/Throws: L/S Ht: 6' 1" Wt: 185
  • Draft: Round 20 (2008, NYY)
  • MLB Debut: 06/05/2015
  • School: Creighton

Minors 2017
6-0 Record
2.29 ERA
23 games

(14 June 2017)