- Full name Patrick Michael Venditte
- Born 06/30/1985 in Omaha, NE
- Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 186 / Bats: L / Throws: S
- School Creighton
- Debut 06/05/2015
Drafted in the 20th round (620th overall) by the New York Yankees in 2008.
View Draft ReportSwitch-pitcher Pat Venditte couldn't match his 43 2/3-inning scoreless streak and 1.88 ERA from 2007, but he still had an amazing season nonetheless. Venditte appeared in 37 of Creighton's 58 games, leading he team in wins (nine) and saves (seven) while posting a 101-21 K-BB ratio in 86 innings. The former walk-on has thrown ambidextrously since he was 3, and he recorded a strikeout with each arm 17 different times this year. Scouts consider him more of a novelty than a true prospect, as his stuff is ordinary from both sides. As a righthander, he works with an upper-80s fastball and a curveball, slider and changeup. As a lefty, he drops his arm angle and utilizes a low-80s fastball and a slow, sweepy breaking ball. The Yankees drafted him in the 45th round last year, and someone will take him as a senior sign in the middle rounds this time.
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Venditte's ability to pitch effectively with both arms made him an All-American at Creighton and has allowed him to reach Double-A since signing for $10,000 as a 20th-round pick. He has been even more effective in pro ball than he was in college, going 10-4, 1.70 with 51 saves and 218 strikeouts in 175 innings. Venditte erases platoon advantages for hitters. He has more arm strength as a righthander, sitting in the upper 80s and scraping 90 mph with his fastball. He varies his arm angle and challenges hitters with three pitches, throwing strikes with his curveball and changeup. Venditte showed improvement as a lefthander in 2010, improving his fastball and tightening his slider. His velocity as a lefthander still is a concern, as his fastball operates in the lower 80s and his slider sits around 70 mph. The Yankees haven't considered Venditte a priority, but he has proven himself at every level and earned his first promotion to Double-A in 2010. He figures to return there in 2011, his first extended test at higher levels.