For most of his eight-year minor league career Pat Venditte has been viewed as a novelty, because he throws both right-handed and left-handed as a rare switch-pitcher.
However, lost in the intrigue is that Venditte has actually been a really effective reliever in the minors, posting a 2.37 ERA with 464 strikeouts in 418 career innings. That includes a 1.36 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 33 innings at Triple-A for the A’s this season and now Oakland has decided to give him a shot in the big leagues.
Venditte is 29 years old, so expectations should be held in check, but fans should be rooting for him to stick in the majors and have some success if only for a chance to actually watch him pitch.
Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will promote middle infield prospect Carter Kieboom to the majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres. The Nationals are currently dealing with injuries to shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon, so the club hopes Kieboom can help the team tread water at the very least.
Kieboom, 21, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (28th overall) in the 2016 draft. MLB Pipeline currently rates him No. 2 in the Nationals’ system and No. 37 overall. Kieboom has played both second base and shortstop this season after exclusively playing shortstop previously in his professional career.
With Triple-A Fresno to start the 2019 season, Kieboom hit .379/.506/.636 with three homers, 18 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 83 plate appearances.