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Athleticism Paying Off For Pendleton

Pendleton Just Began Throwing HIs Changeup

Before going down with an injury, Lance Pendleton was on his way to an outstanding first professional season with Staten Island. But, he pitched more than enough to show just what the Yankees had landed with their fourth round draft selection in 2005.

To take a highly inexperienced college pitcher in the early rounds of the draft is a gamble for any team, but it was one that the New York Yankees saw as more than worth while. While his naturally strong throwing arm obviously factored heavily in their decision to select him, there was something else on the Yankees mind as well - his all around athleticism. "I mean, Pendleton was a pitcher...

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