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Most intriguing guy taken in the '08 draft.

Posted on: June 13, 2008 8:36 pm
 

Pat Venditte, a switch-pitcher.

That's right a switch-pitcher. Here's his Wikipedia page

"Pat Venditte Jr. (born June 30, 1985 in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American baseball player. He plays Division I NCAA college baseball for Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Venditte is a "switch-pitcher", meaning he can pitch and throw proficiently with both arms. He is recognized as the only NCAA pitcher who is able to do this, and is being sought out by Major League Baseball scouts for a career in the majors. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in 2007 but opted to return to Creighton for his senior year. He was again drafted by the Yankees in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He was selected in the 20th round with the 620th overall pick.

Venditte joined the Creighton Bluejays in 2005 as a walk-on. Creighton head coach Ed Servais did not allow Venditte to pitch with both arms during his five appearances his freshman year fearing the spectacle would become a "circus" . However, Venditte has regularly used both arms in collegiate play since his sophomore year in which he attained a 3.02 ERA in 62.2 innings. In his junior year, Vendette appeared in 36 of 58 of Creighton's games before going into the 2007 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. His opponents batting average of .185 was the fourth best in the nation, and he achieved an 1.85 ERA. At one point during the season, Venditte had a streak of 43 2/3 scoreless innings. In the 2007 season, Venditte earned first-team all-conference honors for the Missouri Valley Conference and led Creighton to their first ever conference championship in which he was named the tournament MVP. On May 28, 2007, Collegiate Baseball named Venditte the national player of the week. He was named to the All-American third team for the 2007 season. Venditte was also voted Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year by online pitching magazine InsidePitching.com

On June 8, 2007, in the 45th Round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, the New York Yankees selected Venditte with the 1345th pick of the draft. Venditte was surprised by the pick because he had told all major league scouts that he intended to return to Creighton for his senior year. The Yankees called him during the 30th round of the draft asking him how much it would take to sign him, but Venditte refused to set a price. Ultimately, the Yankees were unable to sign Venditte before the August 15, 2007 signing deadline. Venditte said that he was not quite ready to turn professional and wants to build velocity with his left arm and add another pitch with his right arm.

Venditte played 2006 summer ball for the Quincy Gems, and 2007 summer ball for the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the Northwoods League. As the Woodchucks' closer, he had a 4-1 record, 9 saves, a 1.76 ERA, and a .154 opponents' batting average.

He was selected with the 620th pick in the MLB Draft by the New York Yankees."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Ve
nditte#CITEREFNicholl2007

He's starting the season with the Staten Island Yankees of the New York Penn League (Short Season-A).  I really really really want to see this guy, and i live near a club in the league(Tri-City Valley Cats, Houston Astros affiliate), so i'm definetly goin to see this guy. 

Here's another article written last year from MLB.com

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp
?ymd=20070518&content_id=1971888&vkey=draft2007&fext=.jsp

 

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