Pat Venditte needs to come up. Now. He’s currently enjoying his second stint at AAA Here are four reasons.
1. The Yankees Rotation is Understaffed
C.C. Sabathia is out for the year. Masahiro Tanaka is out for a good chunk of time. Some starters have come out from the minor leagues and performed quite well, but the bullpen is a big question mark. Pat Venditte can help neutralize the staff with pitching to batters from either side.
2. His Switch Pitching will Sell Tickets
Say what you will about not being a sideshow attraction, but the fact is that having a switch pitcher on your ballclub is something incredibly unique, which will undoubtedly sell tickets.
3. His Stats Defy His Raw Skills
Have you ever seen the movie Moneyball? The movie exposed Billy Beane’s brilliance in looking at raw stats. Pat Venditte is far from a dominating pitcher, yet has shown that he can compete on an extremely high level. Click this link to review his stats.
4. He’s Almost 30, with a Family
Even baseball players need to eat. Minor league players earn ridiculously low wages with the vague promise that everything they toil for will be made up at The Show. Give the guy his chance. He wasn’t even invited to Spring Training this past year.
I for one say that Pat Venditte needs to come up. Now. Who’s with me?