At the amateur draft earlier this month the New York Yankees selected pitcher Pat Venditte from Creighton in the 20th round. This is the second consecutive season that the Yankees have drafted him. I had heard of Venditte before and I was kind of hoping that the Arizona Diamondbacks might take a flier on him and draft him. Venditte is one of those pitchers that I would pay to see throw if for no other reason than to tell people I was there to witness this young kid. Venditte is not known for an overpowering fastball nor has he been described as having a filthy breaking ball that will make a hitter’s knees buckle in the box. But he does offer something that I have never seen in my lifetime and may never see again and that is worth something especially in this day and age of pitcher specialization.

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