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A look at ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte

09/13/2013 11:21 AM ET
By Matt Stucko
In 2008, the Yankees selected pitcher Pat Venditte, who can pitch with both his right and left hands, in the 20th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

The only active ambidextrous pitcher in professional baseball, Venditte has spent the last six seasons in the Yankees system, posting a 2.41 earned run average in 306.1 innings over 201 relief appearances and striking out 348 batters against only 81 walks.

He reached as high as Triple-A in 2012, but last June, Venditte had labrum surgery on his right shoulder. He was able to pitch exclusively left-handed for Team Italy in this past spring’s World Baseball Classic, but the surgery kept him off a professional mound until July; since then, the 28-year-old has pitched for four teams at three different levels in the Yankees organization, and he finished the year on the roster of the Double-A Trenton Thunder – where he helped Tony Franklin’s squad captured the Eastern League Championship.

So how does a “switch-pitcher” change throwing hands while on the field? Watch this video to get a first-hand look at Venditte's six-fingered glove with two thumb holes.

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