Video of Yankees Prospect Pat Venditte Against A Switch Hitter

Most people have heard of him by now, Yankees prospect switch-pitcher Pat Venditte. Switch pitcher means he can throw with both his right and left hands and so far in his Yankee career he’s done so quite well with both arms putting up a 2.34 FIP as a right hander and a 2.26 FIP as a lefty.

Well Venditte is scheduled to be a guest on Yankees Daily’s blogtalkradio show on March 16 and it got me thinking about Venditte. Not only is it exciting to see someone use both hands while on the mound he’s one of the nicest people I’ve met in my young career as a journalist.

He also was a big part of one of the funniest moments I’ve seen on the baseball field: the first time a switch-pitcher faced a switch-hitter in a professional regular season game (Roy White faced a switch pitcher in a spring training game in the 70’s).

As luck would have it, the game was actually televised on TV. So I thought I’d share it with you:

Immediately after this game there was a rule change. Now the pitcher is responsible for choosing which side he’s going to throw with. Once he steps on the rubber he is allowed to change only one time. If I remember the rule correctly, the batter can change as often as he wants before the at bat starts and only once during an at bat. So this situation isn’t likely to happen again unless an umpire is unprepared during a game in which he appears, but Venditte typically attracts a lot of attention wherever he goes.

About Rob Abruzzese

Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.

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4 Responses to Video of Yankees Prospect Pat Venditte Against A Switch Hitter

  1. smurfy says:

    Wow, well tell Venditte I am with him. The batter should declare his side, and the pitcher should be allowed to pitch to him. That baby obviously doesn't like to try to hit curve balls, hits his bat down in disgust: no fair!

    That's quite a load, mastering both sides. Has he got six good pitches?

  2. Rob Abruzzese says:

    He's actually got 5 pitches. From the right side he throws a fastball that tops out at around 90 mph, a good curveball and a changeup. From the left side he's more of a soft tosser topping out at about 83-85 with his fastball, but he's got a frisbee slider which makes him so strong against lefties.

  3. Sean Serritella says:

    Hey, thanks for the mention. Not many Yankee blogs want to mention my site because of the name. Even when I first started, I was ignored and some were pretty mad that I got the name. A lot of Yankee blogs are competing. I didn't start the blog to compete against other blogs. I started it because I'm brain injured and it gave me some thing to do so the bosses at my brain injured program wouldn't worry I wasn't doing anything. Not only that but I get to stay home Thursday and Friday.

    If you really wanted to get serious, I would of done Yankees Daily together with you Rob. I would of split ownership with you. I am on the top of the third page of google search for Yankees hopefully making in to the second page pretty soon. It's hard being one person doing every thing yourself and I can't cover everything. The only other person I'd have confidence in asking to help do a site would be Greg from Sliding Into Home because he's one of the most dedicated Yankee bloggers I know.

  4. Sean Serritella says:

    What I just typed had nothing to do with anything about the topic at hand. lol.

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