Former Bluejay Pat Venditte To Be Featured on E:60 This Tuesday
Venditte, currently in his second year in the New York Yankees organization, became a national phenomenon while pitching at Creighton from 2005-08. His ambidexterity (the ability to throw both left- and right-handed) has confounded minor leaguers in much the same fashion as he did against college competition when he was with the Jays, where he earned first team All-America honors as a junior. Venditte was a two-time all-Missouri Valley Conference pick at Creighton, where he was 21-8 with 13 saves and a 2.86 ERA in 110 appearances. He owned 255 strikeouts in 248.1 innings before graduating.
Venditte has been an All-Star both seasons in the minors with the Yankees and is currently pitching for the Tampa Yankees in the Florida State League (Class A). This year he is a combined 3-2 with 22 saves and a 1.62 ERA in 42 games with Tampa and Charleston. He owns a most impressive 77 strikeouts and just seven walks in 55.2 innings of work.
Greg A. Harris is the only pitcher to throw both left- and right-handed in the same Major League Baseball game since 1900, doing so in just one game of his career in 1995.
Among the interviews that could air during the piece is one with Creighton head coach Ed Servais, who spoke to ESPN's Tom Farrey on July 7th at the CU Sports Complex.