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Varnadore Showing His Versatility

Varnadore has a 3.00 ERA as a reliever this year

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Derek Varnadore is having an easier time finding the strike zone this season than he is solidifying a role on any particular pitching staff. He began the year as a starter for Auburn University before shifting to the bullpen mid-season. Now he's doing it the opposite way in Staten Island.

When the 22-year-old right-hander was asked if he prefers to start or relieve, his response was the kind that would invoke music to coaches' ears at any level. "I've started all my life but I like being able to do both. I kind of guess I'm a utility, and I like it. It gets me out there more," Varnadore said. After two record-breaking seasons at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in 200... Recommended Stories