On Thursday morning, John Sickels shared a piece about Yankees farmhand Pat Venditte, suggesting that the team should promote the switch-pitcher based on merit. For those of you who only know Venditte as something of a sideshow attraction, I suggest you dig into his numbers – they are excellent, to say the least. To wit, he has thrown 356.1 IP in his professional career. Over those innings, Venditte boasts a 2.45 ERA, 1.064 WHIP, 10.3 K/9, and 4.28 K/BB.
His naysayers will point out that he, garnered his first promotion to Triple-A earlier this season, and he has struggled at times. Venditte’s 4.18 ERA with the RailRiders is underwhelming at best, and three of his fifteen appearances have been disastrous. However, his peripherals remain strong, as he is still striking out better than a batter per inning (9.3 K/9) and limiting walks (2.9 BB/9).
To be fair, there is more than a bit of truth in the critiques of Venditte’s stuff.…