Venditte Still Has Work To Do In Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC - Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte is having the type of season most minor league relievers would dream of. Even though he is dominating the South Atlantic League, however, he still has some kinks to iron out before moving up a level.

Pat Venditte is the only ambidextrous pitcher in professional baseball. His right arm is his dominant arm and he uses a six-finger glove to accommodate each hand.

Venditte is having an outstanding season and is dominating in the South Atlantic League, so much so he will be participating in the South Atlantic All-Star game that will take place in West Virginia on June 23rd.

The reliever's statistics are unreal and he's done a tremendous job so far this season. He has pitched in 24 games with a record of two wins and one loss, posting an earned run average of 0.67 in 27 innings.

With all the success that Venditte is experiencing, RiverDogs' pitching coach Jeff Ware still believes that he is good for this league still.

"He is still having to learn to face hitters over and over," Ware said. "He has had a lot of success when guys don't see him as much. So it's good for him to face guys that he pitched against last year and than face them 2-3 times this year because baseball is a game of adjustments.

"As soon as hitters start making some adjustments, Venditte has to start making his own adjustments. So it's really good for him to read that and not just rely on his sliders and curveball, he needs to rely on his fastball and he does that on occasion."

Even though Venditte is enjoying his success, he knows that he can still improve his game. He knows that he needs another pitch and with only two pitches it is somewhat one-dimensional. Also, he would like to get a changeup from both sides and believes that he would be more effective.

"So far he has done a great job with his command," Ware added. "The biggest thing for him is to use his fastball a little more instead of relying on his secondary pitches."

According to Venditte, he's feels that most days he can throw his slider from the left side and it's a pitch he can throw to location inside the zone, and still will get swings-and-misses.

"There are days where it's not there [slider] and it would be nice to get a changeup in there if I could," he said.

But Venditte also can use his slider to get hitters to swing out of the zone if he is ahead of the count.

"I think he is getting some swings-and-misses around the zone, but the biggest thing for him is to get ahead and get around the zone," Ware added. "He needs to be able to expand with his offspeed pitches and get guys to chase his fastball."

In order for Venditte to become a viable big league pitching prospect, the manager for the RiverDogs', Torre Tyson believes that Venditte needs to develop more on the left side.

He throws with less velocity with his left hand than his right hand. Tyson also thinks that if he could build more arm strength on his left side and use his left hand in more situations, that would help him.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nPat Venditte is the only ambidextrous pitcher in professional baseball. His right arm is his dominant arm and he uses a six-finger glove to accommodate each hand.
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\r\nVenditte is having an outstanding season and is dominating in the South Atlantic League, so much so he will be participating in the South Atlantic All-Star game that will take place in West Virginia on June 23rd.
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\r\nThe reliever's statistics are unreal and he's done a tremendous job so far this season. He has pitched in 24 games with a record of two wins and one loss, posting an earned run average of 0.67 in 27 innings.
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\r\nWith all the success that Venditte is experiencing, RiverDogs' pitching coach Jeff Ware still believes that he is good for this league still.
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\r\n\"He is still having to learn to face hitters over and over,\" Ware said. \"He has had a lot of success when guys don't see him as much. So it's good for him to face guys that he pitched against last year and than face them 2-3 times this year because baseball is a game of adjustments.
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\r\n\"As soon as hitters start making some adjustments, Venditte has to start making his own adjustments. So it's really good for him to read that and not just rely on his sliders and curveball, he needs to rely on his fastball and he does that on occasion.\"
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\r\nEven though Venditte is enjoying his success, he knows that he can still improve his game. He knows that he needs another pitch and with only two pitches it is somewhat one-dimensional. Also, he would like to get a changeup from both sides and believes that he would be more effective.
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\r\n\"So far he has done a great job with his command,\" Ware added. \"The biggest thing for him is to use his fastball a little more instead of relying on his secondary pitches.\"
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\r\nAccording to Venditte, he's feels that most days he can throw his slider from the left side and it's a pitch he can throw to location inside the zone, and still will get swings-and-misses.
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\r\n\"There are days where it's not there [slider] and it would be nice to get a changeup in there if I could,\" he said.
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\r\nBut Venditte also can use his slider to get hitters to swing out of the zone if he is ahead of the count.
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\r\n\"I think he is getting some swings-and-misses around the zone, but the biggest thing for him is to get ahead and get around the zone,\" Ware added. \"He needs to be able to expand with his offspeed pitches and get guys to chase his fastball.\"
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\r\nIn order for Venditte to become a viable big league pitching prospect, the manager for the RiverDogs', Torre Tyson believes that Venditte needs to develop more on the left side.
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\r\nHe throws with less velocity with his left hand than his right hand. Tyson also thinks that if he could build more arm strength on his left side and use his left hand in more situations, that would help him.
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