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Oakland A’s Switch-Pitcher Pat Venditte Records Outs with Both Arms in Cactus League Opener (Video)
Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte has been around for a while now. The Yankees selected him in the 45th round of the 2007 draft out of Creighton, but he opted to return for one more year of college ball. The next year the Yankees drafted him in the 20th round, and he decided to sign.
Since then, Venditte has been toiling in the minor leagues, working his way up to the Class-AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in 2012. The Yankees didn’t invite him to spring training in 2014, but a solid season in triple-A had the Yankees considering promotion at one point.
However, after the 2014 season Venditte was a free agent, so he signed a minor league contract with Oakland. They invited him to spring training and, sure enough, wasted no time taking a look at him.
On Tuesday, in Oakland’s first game of the Cactus League season against the Giants, Pat Venditte took the mound with two outs in the third inning. He threw to right-handed hitting Justin Maxwell with his right arm, inducing an inning-ending groundout. Then he threw to left-handed hitting Brandon Belt with his left arm to start out the fourth inning, striking him out.
Take a look:
Venditte is 29 years old. If he had lights out stuff, he would have made the big leagues by now. However, we all know A’s GM Billy Beane likes to find hidden gems that just need a little polishing. If he can figure out how to leverage Venditte’s unique ability, he won’t hesitate to bring him up.
Hat Tip – [MLB.com]