Ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte, who dominated the Sally league to the tune of a 1.47 ERA with 40K's in 30 2/3 innings and 20 saves, has gotten the overdue call to the high A Tampa Yankees.
As Peter Abraham notes in his blog today, no one in the Yankee organization considers the kid any kind of prospect, but the numbers are the numbers.
He was at an 0.83 ERA with 42 K's in 32 innings and converted all 23 of his save opportunities last year for short season Staten Island in his first season of professional ball.
Venditte is a natural right-hander, but has been throwing with both arms since the age of 3.
He actually caused the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation to add the following rule to their books last year:
"pitcher must visually indicate to the umpire, batter and runner(s) which way he will begin pitching to the batter."
It will be very interesting to see how he adapts to the tougher competition of high A.