Not at all sold on switch-pitcher
April, 6, 2007
In the New York Times today, Alan Schwarz writes about Pat Venditte, the only switch-pitcher in Division I college baseball (RR, with video). As a right-hander, the Creighton junior throws hard, with an overhand curveball. As a left-hander, he throws a lot of sidearm sliders.
Venditte has improved so much in the past year that major league scouts are starting to consider him a possible late-round pick in this June's amateur draft because of his versatility. "He could be an economical two-for-one," Jerry Lafferty, a longtime scout for the Philadelphia Phillies, said last Friday while assessing the 21-year-old Venditte from behind the backstop.
Might we be seeing Venditte displaying his considerable skills in the majors at some point in the next few years? Aside from Venditte and his family, nobody would be happier than me. But it's highly unlikely.