After seven years in the minors, ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte is still trying to get his call up to the majors. And if his start at this year in Nashville is any indication, that call could come very soon for the 29-year-old.
Venditte, who had spent all seven years of his career in the Yankees organization, signed as a free agent during this past offseason with the Athletics. After spending some of spring training with Oakland and impressing manager Bob Melvin, Venditte was assigned to the Athletics Triple-A Nashville Sounds.
So far this season, Venditte is pitching lights out for the Sounds in the Pacific Coast League. Through ten innings of relief work, Venditte has yet to allow a run. While picking up one victory, he has also posted nine strikeouts.
The road has been a long and slow one, but it seems that Venditte finally has a fair shot at getting his call to the Big Show. The A’s pitching staff is pretty solid for the most part, but early on there are some spots that Venditte could definitely fill if he can continue his strong performance in Triple-A.