Some call him the "Two-Arm Venditte," but he's heard it all, he said. For him, it's just his job.
Pat Venditte, both a right and left-handed pitcher, learned after a game in Savannah, GA that he was getting promoted to the Tampa Yankee's high-A team.
Venditte said he tries to not think about the many nicknames targeted at his pitch-ability.
"The bottom line is I have a job to do and if I don't do that, I'm not going to be around very long," he said. "I just try to take care of whatever I can take care of on the field and whatever else happens, happens."
Venditte said the news of his promotion was both unexpected and surprising.
"It's been good so far. I'm fortunate to get the promotion," he said. "There's a lot of deserving guys in Charleston, but I just want to make the most out of my opportunities."
From the right side, Venditte throws a fastball in the upper 80's and a curveball in the mid-80s. From the left side, he throws a slider in the upper-70's, sometimes low-80's. Although it's a little slower, Venditte said he heavily relies on his slider.
"I'm hopefully going to have a changeup here one day, but it's just something I'm kind of working on," he said.
When it comes to choosing which arm to throw with, it all depends on what type of hitter he is facing.
"If it's a lefty, I'll face him left-handed," Venditte said. "If it's a righty, I'll face him right-handed. If it's a switch hitter, then it just kind of depends on the situation, like which way the wind is blowing or how he does against left-handed pitching compared to the right. Just stuff like that kind of factors in."
Venditte's unique pitching started at the age of three. It was his father's idea actually and Venditte still doesn't understand why.
"I don't know why [he had me do it]. He's never really told me why," Venditte said. "I'm just lucky he did."
Since signing with the Yankees' organization after the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, Venditte said he is off to a good start in the organization.
"That's about all it is right now," he said. "I have a long way to go, and I still have a lot to improve so I'm just going to keep working every day and try to get better with each day."
Venditte has had just two outings in Tampa so far, and it's business as usual with three scoreless innings, but he said he already sees some adjustments he has to make in the new league.
"I can imagine that I'm not going to get away with as many mistakes as I did in Staten Island and in Charleston so I'm just going to have to be that much better with locating all my pitches," he said.
Venditte said there are a few things he wants to do with this promotion.
"I just want to continue to throw strikes, locate the ball down in the zone, develop that changeup and just continue to make good pitches and get hitters out," he said.
Venditte Just Goes About His Business
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