The Yankees are owners of the only ambidextrous pitcher in baseball. Yes, you read that correctly. Pat Venditte is both a left-handed and right-handed pitcher.
Venditte is a unique arm who could potentially be an asset to the Yankees down the line. Of course, the fact that he throws with both arms isn't enough to earn him a promotion. His numbers from 2014 speak for themselves.
Split between Double- and Triple-A, Venditte currently owns a 2.83 ERA, 1.143 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 70 innings pitched. Now 29 years old, Venditte has been in the pros since 2008. If he doesn't get the call soon, he might never get a shot in the bigs.
Venditte used to offer different looks as a lefty and a righty, but an injury forced him to change in favor of more deception, writes Jim Baumbach of Newsday:
Venditte used to throw overhand from the right side and sidearm from the left, but minor-league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson said he felt he needed more deception in his delivery after shoulder surgery sapped him of some velocity. So now Venditte is a double sidearmer.
There's nothing wrong with adding more bullpen depth for the stretch run, and Venditte could be used creatively. If manager Joe Girardi wants to go to a lefty reliever early in the game (let's say the sixth inning), he can then leave Venditte in to face the ensuing right-hander. Rather than dipping even further into his bullpen, Girardi can get a lefty-on-lefty matchup and then length from his reliever.
Watching Venditte in the bigs would certainly be one of the better stories of the year for the Yankees.