PAT VENDITTE NEWS

Switch-Pitching Pat Venditte Impressing

After seven years in the minors, ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte is still trying to get his call up to the Majors. And if his start at this year in Nashville is any indication, that call could come very soon for the 29-year-old. Venditte, who had spent all seven years of his career in the Yankees organization, signed as a free agent during this past offseason with the Athletics...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday, April 12th: Joey Wendle’s 2 HRs Help Sounds Win while Hounds, Ports & Snappers All Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Second Baseman Joey Wendle (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Nashville Sounds              16 Colorado Springs Sky Sox  11 WP – Venditte 1-0 / 0.00 HR – Wendle 2 (2), Parrino (1), Matthes (1), Anderson (1) Farmhand Of The Game: Second Baseman Joey Wendle (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs) Nashville exploded for...
Via Athletics Farm
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Pat Venditte and the Ultimate Baseball Rarity

Opening Day is now less than a week away, and we are compiling many pieces related to the final moves and decisions by teams before the season starts. This is also our last chance to cover the players who probably aren’t going to make it: the ones we might not see again until later in […]
Via Fangraphs
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Santana powers Indians past Athletics, 8-3

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly, leading the Cleveland Indians to an 8-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Santana connected for his third spring homer in the third inning against Chris Bassitt. Zach McAllister pitched four solid innings for Cleveland, allowing two hits and an unearned run. He struck out four and walked two...
Via AP on Fox
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Santana powers Cleveland Indians past Oakland Athletics, 8-3

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly, leading the Cleveland Indians to an 8-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Santana connected for his third spring homer in the third inning against Chris Bassitt. Zach McAllister pitched four solid innings for Cleveland, allowing two hits and an unearned run. He struck out four and walked two...
Via AP on Fox
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

I have seen Pat Venditte and He was glorious.

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Via Fox Sports
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Select Cubs Thoughts From the Cactus League Opener(s)

Today was a fun day.  I wore my Cubs jersey to school (you can imagine the uproar with me working on the South Side, and all the ribbing I got) to celebrate the Cactus League opener for our Chicago Cubs and to also mark the start of our (VERY much delayed) first workout for the school baseball team.  I also got to tune in to one of the split squad games during my prep period and...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

The switch pitcher, Pat Venditte, baffled the Giants

During Tuesday’s Giants-Athletics Spring Training game, the A’s used Pat Venditte in the third and fourth innings against a pair of Giants hitters. On the surface, there’s nothing special about this…until you realize that Venditte pitches with both his left and his right arm. Venditte is unfortunately not on Oakland’s 40-man roster, so it doesn’t seem very likely that...
Via Bloguin Best
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

The switch pitcher, Pat Venditte, baffled the Giants

During Tuesday’s Giants-Athletics Spring Training game, the A’s used Pat Venditte in the third and fourth innings against a pair of Giants hitters. On the surface, there’s nothing special about this…until you realize that Venditte pitches with both his left and his right arm. Venditte is unfortunately not on Oakland’s 40-man roster, so it doesn’t seem very likely that...
Via The Outside Corner
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

A’s Switch-Pitcher Pat Venditte Effective From Both Sides Of Mound (Video)

Pat Venditte wasn’t able to crack the major league roster in his first stop, but his second try got off to a good start Tuesday. Venditte is a “switch-pitcher,” who’s able to throw with both arms and changes in the middle of innings depending on the matchup, is in Oakland Athletics camp this season after seven seasons in the Yankees’ organization. Venditte got as high as...
Via NESN.com
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

A's switch-pitcher hopes to find spot with Oakland

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Pat Venditte is used to it by now. Teammates, coaches and others regularly stop him for a chance to check out his one-of-a-kind glove, the same one he has used for years featuring space for either hand. Venditte is a rare switch-pitcher. He hopes that versatility will make him a perfect fit for an Oakland club that values it so much. While there is intrigue with...
Via AP on Fox
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: The good, the bad, and the ugly of the intrasquad games

The Oakland A’s held two intrasquad games this weekend, giving everyone a first look at some of the new players that the A’s acquired this offseason. Even though more will be revealed about each player throughout the rest of the Cactus League games that start next week, these short games did give everyone a glimpse of what to expect for this upcoming season. Let’s take a look...
Via isportsweb.com
March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s player profile: Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte

Pat Venditte The Oakland A’s have one player at training camp this spring that everyone is talking about. That would be ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte. Yes, you heard me correctly. Venditte can pitch both left and right handed, and he is pretty good. Venditte has been in the minor leagues for seven years with the New York Yankees but had the opportunity to sign with the Oakland...
Via isportsweb.com
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Ambidextrous Hurler Pat Venditte Tries To Latch On With Athletics

Pat Venditte has been throwing with both arms since he was three years of age, the youngster continued to practice with his father as he matured, perfecting the craft from both sides of the bump and the rest is history. Venditte who signed as a non-roster invitee with the Oakland Athletics in the offseason hopes to double his chances gun slinging with both arms this spring for the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Check out ambidextrous A's pitcher's crazy dual-handed glove

Take a look at switch-pitching Oakland A's hurler Pat Venditte's glove, basically a Siamese twins version of baseball mitts: After spending seven seasons the minor leagues in the New York Yankees organization, the ambidextrous 29-year-old signed as a free agent with the A's this offseason and received a spring training invitation In 2008, Venditte's rare ability to pitch from both...
Via Fox Sports
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 578: The Free-Agent Contract Over/Under Draft by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about Jose Molina, Pat Venditte, and non-revelatory rumors, then draft free agents whose contracts they expect to be above or below published estimates.
Via Baseball Prospectus
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

If Pat Venditte turns into a star in Oakland, there will bloodshed in the Bronx

After a thousand lifetimes mired within the Yankee farm system, Pat Venditte - the only switch-pitcher you or I will ever know - has been signed as a minor league free agent by Oakland.Over seven seasons in the Yankee scrub lands, Venditte rose to Scranton, but never received so much as a courtesy cup of coffee. The Yankee "baseball people" - experts of the radar gun - detected flaws...
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Athletics sign Pat Venditte to minor league deal

The Athletics have signed pitcher Pat Venditte to a minor league contract which includes an invitation to spring training. Venditte, 29, can thrown from both the left and right side. He has spent the last handful of seasons with the Yankees Double-A and Triple-A affiliates. He has posted solid numbers throughout his minor league career last year finishing with a 2.64 ERA, 1.11 WHIP...
Via Tireball.com
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pat Venditte, the switch pitcher, is no longer a Yankee

Bill Veeck would have loved him: The lone pitcher of his - or any - generation to throw from both the left and right sides. You better believe, Veeck would never let two crappy seasons end without bringing this guy up, at least in September, to sell a few tickets.Well, for better or worse, Brian Cashman is not Bill Veeck. (Though Veeck would have appreciated the Yankees' "farewell...
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Come on, Hal, give us something more than a Jeter tribute band: Free Pat Venditte from the Yankee death pit

Ugh. Another brutal loss. Another torturous Derek Jeter outing. Any other player would at least get "rested" a few games. (Remember Girardi benching A-Rod?) The Yankees are killing themselves, crucifying their captain on the cross of Steiner Collectibles. By the time Jeter leaves, the vampire Steinbrenners will have drained every last penny from his legacy - giving Yankee fans a...
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Switch pitcher could see action in MLB

29-year-old New York Yankees minor leaguer Pat Venditte normally wouldn’t be a player worth noticing. He’s been in the minors for the past seven seasons after the Yankees selected him in the 45th round of the 2007 amateur draft.  On the surface, Venditte is nothing more than your non-prospect who has bounced around in small towns in an attempt to make it to the Majors. That’s...
Via Sportsnaut
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Should we worry about the fact that the Scranton Railriders now have used position players to pitch in two straight games, and Matt Thornton is doing well in Washington?

I recognize that Triple A games don't matter, that Scranton-Wilkes Barre doesn't really exist, and that the real key to International League play is to never ask a pitcher to take one for the team. When a staff is tired, compromises must be made. I'm all in. Still... two games in a row?Last night, here's the Scranton box score. Keep in mind: Jose Gill is a catcher.The previous night...
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Pat Venditte line at Scranton: five up, five down

And five strike outs.Will the switcher-pitcher ever see Yankee Stadium?
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees promote Pat Venditte - humankind's greatest athlete - to Scranton

At age 28, Pat Venditte - the only switch-pitcher in modern baseball history - was promoted to Scranton yesterday, putting him a heartbeat away from the big time.This comes as the Yankees are ripping through bullpen arms the way Khloe Kardashian goes through home pregnancy tests. Today, the team faces an old-fashioned double-header, and it's not hard to imagine the final innings...
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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