Pat Venditte: Switch Pitcher
Pat Venditte is unique in that he can throw from both the left and right side. This enables him to be able to switch to the side that gives him the advantage over the batter. It really gets interesting when he faces a switch hitter. He needs to know which side a switch hitter hits the worst from to have the advantage in that situation.
The Yankees selected Venditte in the 20th round of the 2008 draft as their 620th overall pick. They had previously drafted him in 2007 in the 45th round as their 1,345th pick. He pitched collegiate baseball for Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
He compiled a 21-8 record for Creighton which is located in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska where he was born on June 30,1985.
Venditte is pitching for the Tampa Yankees in the Florida State League and has won one game with no losses and has a sterling 1.73 ERA. He has struck out 62 in 52 innings while walking 10. Opposing hitters are only batting .183 against him and he has given up only 34 hits and two home runs and has an excellent WHIP of 0.84.
His minor league lifetime numbers are also very impressive with a 6-2 record with a 1.60 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. He has struck out 191 in 152 innings while walking only 31. He has only given up only 108 hits a minus 44 less hits allowed than innings pitched.
The question is why is Venditte pitching in A ball for the third straight season and the second season for Tampa Yankees? His numbers are great across the board and he is striking out 11.3 batters per 9 innings, walking only 1.7 batters per 9 innings and is allowing 0.4 home runs per 9 innings.
Venditte has proved that he is more than just a novelty pitcher who throws from both sides. He needs to be promoted to see how he fares past A ball. At the age of 25 he deserves a chance to pitch for the Yankees in Yankee Stadium someday if he can continue to have success at the minor league level.
At the rate he is going now he may not reach the majors till 2011 or 2012. He will probably be 26 or 27 if and when he is called up to the majors. So time is not on Venditte’s side but the Yankees could at least promote him before the end of this season .