Finally some news to report! Two-way players and switch-pitchers are the new rage in baseball these days. Japanese star Shohei Ohtani is a two-way player. He can pitch and play the outfield. A switch-pitcher is even rarer. A switch-pitcher is a hurler who can pitch left handed and right handed. Most of them (there’s only a few in baseball) where a special six-finger glove that allows them to switch hands without using a separate glove.
Dodgers signed switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to a minor-league deal, source confirms.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) November 28, 2017
Chris Cotillo is reporting that the Dodgers have signed switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to a minor league contract. The 32-year old reliever was originally drafted by the Yankees in the 20th round of the 2008 amateur draft. Venditte hails from Omaha Nebraska and made his MLB debut in 2015 with the Oakland Athletics. That year he appeared in 26 games and posted a 4.40 ERA with a 7.2 strikeout per nine rate.
In 2016 Venditte split time between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Marines. He tossed 22 frames, posted a 5.73 ERA and struck out 19 with 11 walks in 15 games. In 2017 Venditte spent most of the season with the Phillie’s triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley of the Independent league. He posted a 9-5 record with a 3.36 ERA and 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings while recording 69 punch-outs in 69.2 innings pitched.
He has a 4.49 ERA in 50.2 MLB innings pitched. He’s allowed just 8 home runs in the majors and has struck out 7.5 per nine innings while walking 4.1 per nine in 41 appearances. In case you were wondering Venditte pitches better against left handers than he does against right handers. He’s limited southpaws to a .183/.242/.366 slash line with a .608 OPS against. Right handers are hitting .284/.380/.523 against him with a .903 OPS in 130 plate appearances.