Until this morning I didn’t even know it was possible, or legal, to be a switch-pitcher. I’ve heard of switch hitters and even switch-hitting pitchers, but never a switch pitcher. Apparently, it is both legal and possible. The Dodgers finally made their first semi-exciting move this off-season when they signed Pat Venditte to a minor league deal.
His stats are not impressive one bit. He owns a 4.97 career ERA over 41 relief appearances (50.2 innings) in the big leagues. He spent most of his season in the Phillies’ farm system posting a 3.36 ERA over 69.2 innings. Will he make much of a difference on this Dodgers club? Most likely not. But don’t give him up for lost. Do you remember last year when the Dodgers signed Brandon Morrow to a minor league deal? He sure made a big difference in 2017.
What I want to know is if Venditte would be permitted to switch which side he throws from in the middle of an appearance.