Freak(s) of Nature – Switch Pitcher

by on April 20, 2010   3 Comments

Undoubtedly, most baseball fans are aware of ex-Creighton now New York Yankees minor league switch-pitcher Pat Venditte.  In case you missed his first prime time moment, take the time to check out the eight minute video above, because it is absolutely hysterical.

What you may not have heard of is that Pat Venditte isn’t alone in his ability that seems to laugh at God.  There is actually another pitcher out there with MLB caliber stuff with both arms.

In case you missed it, a few weeks ago the switch-pitching Pat Venditte got a call-up to show off his stuff to Joe Girardi in a big league spring training game.  So what if he got beat up a little bit in his debut against Major League caliber hitters, you have to be annoyed that there is someone out there good enough to pitch professionally with either arm when 99.9% of the world can’t make that claim with one arm.

So today I am browsing the sports news online when to my astonishment, there is an article on about a second switch-pitcher named Drew Vettleson.  Vettleson is a senior at Central Kitsap High in Silverdale, Washington, and has inked a national letter of intent with Oregon State, but many are saying he has boosted himself into top five round contention in the past couple weeks.  Recently, the 6’1″ righty fired a no-hitter right-handed – which isn’t an uncommon accomplishment for a top tier division one pitcher with a fastball in the 88-92 mph range – but just a few days prior, Vettleson notched three scoreless innings left-handed, too.

The most irritating part of this story for me, someone who spent the majority of his life trying to make it in pro baseball relying on solely my right-arm, the way the good Lord intended, is that Vettleson doesn’t even want to pitch, he wants to play outfield.  Really, Drew?  Really?  You are maybe one of the five or six pitchers to ever have the potential to pitch professional with both arms and you would rather hit?  You are really messing with the forces of nature here, kid.

Apparently, Vettleson’s talent with the stick would make Rick Ankiel jealous – he has a chance to start in the outfield at OSU next year if he passes up the opportunity to sign professionally.  I guess he can hit for average and power, blah blah blah.

What a jerk.

Author: Aimee Connors
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  1. Great article, Jeff. I’ve been sharing that video with everyone. I wonder if there will be new rules implemented now. It’s extremely impressive that someone can pitch both ways… but I don’t know how I feel about it… it’s kind of weird. And, if I was the opposing team, it would certainly be irritating.

    Comment by Josh Brown
    April 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm

  2. Oops… Great article JASON. Sorry dude!!!

    Comment by Josh Brown
    April 21, 2010 at 6:07 pm

  3. Yeah, they have implemented the “Pat Venditte Rules.”

    The pitcher must visually indicate to the umpire, batter and runner(s) which way he will begin pitching to the batter. Engaging the rubber with the glove on a particular hand is considered a definitive commitment to which arm he will throw with. The batter will then choose which side of the plate he will bat from.

    The pitcher must throw one pitch to the batter before any “switch” by either player is allowed.

    After one pitch is thrown, the pitcher and batter may each change positions one time per at-bat. For example, if the pitcher changes from right-handed to left-handed and the batter then changes batter’s boxes, each player must remain that way for the duration of that at-bat (unless the offensive team substitutes a pinch hitter, and then each player may again “switch” one time).

    Any switch (by either the pitcher or the batter) must be clearly indicated to the umpire. There will be no warm-up pitches during the change of arms.

    If an injury occurs the pitcher may change arms but not use that arm again during the remainder of the game.

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    April 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm

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