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Switch-Pitcher

10 May 2009 by: Justin Gareau No Comment

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Every once in a while teams will have switch hitters, and they are very valuable players. They can face any pitcher with ease because they can always bat on the side where they have the advantage. Imagine, though, if the pitcher could also switch sides to face every batter? Well in a few years we could see just that.

Pat Venditte, a 23 year old minor leaguer is playing as a left handed and right handed pitcher for the single A Yankees minor team. He is one heck of a closer for the Staten Island Yankees with 23 saves last year and an ERA under 1. Think of it this way, not only do you have to beat the righty, with a 90+ MPH fastball, nice curve and change-up, but you then could face the lefty who throws sidearm, and has a crazy slider and change-up. And really when he switches it splits the number of pitches thrown with either arm in half, so he could be able to play many more games, he’ll never be tired!

The only potential problem with all this, are the rules. When he meets a switch hitter, what happens then? They can’t just switch sides every pitch? Can they? Well here’s what happens in this exact situation…

Here’s a short bio of him from CBS…

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