Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ryan Perez switch pitching video

Switch pitcher Ryan Perez throws 88-90 mph right-handed, and tops out at 94 mph left-handed.

“As a lefthander he’s definitely a prospect. As a righthander he can help you, but as a lefthander I feel like he is a definite pro prospect." - Chad Gassman, manager of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks

Ryan Perez switch pitching in the Cape Cod League

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ryan Perez - Switch Pitcher News 2014

News articles about Ryan Perez - a college ambidextrous pitcher at Judson University in Illinois.

Ryan Perez had a solid inning switch pitching in the Cape Cod All Star Game. Perez came away with a win and the MVP award!

Ryan Perez, Switch Pitcher - Cape Cod League
Ryan Perez - Hyannis Harbor Hawks
In the summer, Ryan Perez switch pitches for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the famous Cape Cod League. Perez made the roster for the Cape Cod League - All Star Game.

Perez throws 88-90 mph right-handed, and tops out at 94 mph left-handed.

“As a lefthander he’s definitely a prospect. As a righthander he can help you, but as a lefthander I feel like he is a definite pro prospect." - Chad Gassman, manager of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks

2014 Pitching Stats

Hyannis Harbor Hawks - Cape Cod League 

2.05 ERA. 0-1 record, 1 save 
26.1 IP, 38 SO, 13 BB, 30 H

source: Cape Cod Baseball League -
updated: July 23, 2014

Judson Eagles 2014  (42-19)

2.43 ERA, 12-3 record in 24 games (14 games started) 
111 IP, 92 SO, 45 BB, .231 BA


2015 MLB Draft Rankings, Way-Too-Early Edition

by Kiley McDaniel | FanGraphs - September 11, 2014 

Interesting Talents With Top 5 Round Upside
Ryan Perez, BHP, Judson (IL): This switch pitcher from a tiny college in Illinois isn’t just a sideshow. Perez is better from the left side, where he’s 90-93 with a plus slider at his best, and both pitches are a tick or two lower from the right side.  He has solid command, but some scouts only saw average stuff at times and wonder if he can go in the top 5 rounds since they haven’t seen a changeup. either.

Is ambidextrous Perez baseball's future?

Twenty-year-old college junior dazzles in Cape Cod League

An almost unbelievable, largely unexpected summer behind him, Ryan Perez couldn't help himself. When the ambidextrous 20-year-old considered his baseball future, and specifically how he might one day fit onto the pitching staff of a Major League team, he was bursting with excitement.

"It's really, sort of, endless possibilities," said Perez, who at the time was driving across the Midwest on his way home from the Cape Cod League. "I have starting experience. I have closing. I can switch [from left-handed to right-handed, or vice versa] during innings. I can start and close my own game. Anything you can think of, I've done it, and I've had success with it. It just depends on what they're looking for."

One awesome All-Star Game

by Ted Pappas | Aug 1, 2014

Perez, who was named the West MVP, pitched a perfect three up, three down frame, striking out the side from both sides of the rubber, clocking a 90-91 throw from the right, and a 93 from the left. He didn’t stop there, as the ambidextrous hurler also lobbed a nasty breaking slurve (sliding curve) that broke in on the hitter at 80 mph.
Perez came into the game with a pedestrian ERA of 2.05 across 26.1 innings pitched, albeit with an impressive 38 strikeouts. His electric inning not only clinched the MVP award, but also drew quite a bit of attention at the League’s biggest outing.

Pitcher can bring the heat with both hands

|Ryan Perez is naturally right-handed, but his father knew his son, an aspiring pitcher, would have an advantage if he learned how to throw with his left arm as well. Jim Axelrod reports. Read more 

Cape Cod League Focus: Ryan Perez

Down around the pond behind the Perez home in Hampshire, Ill., the youngest of the three naturally righthanded children didn’t have a choice.
Before Ryan, the only Perez son, turned 3 years old, the question of arm dominance—something most don’t think of as a question or even a choice but a predisposed conclusion—had been decided by his father, Juan.
“He never got a natural lefty,” Ryan, now 20, said of his dad. “So with me being the last hope he sort of made me into a lefty.”

On switch pitching in college:

"Just once during his sophomore season he threw with both arms in the same game, offering five innings from the right side at 88-90 before coming in lefthanded for the sixth and seventh frames, topping out at 94."

College Baseball: Right-handed and left-handed, Judson pitcher Ryan Perez has things covered

The Judson baseball roster doesn’t show right-handed pitcher or left-handed pitcher by Ryan Perez’s name.
It shows BHP — for both-handed pitcher.
The ambidextrous former Westminster Christian pitcher can honestly say tag is accurate, just like in high school. After going through Tommy John surgery on his right elbow before his senior year, Perez became a normal pitcher and pitched with only his left arm.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

When to start switch pitching

Some parents who have seen the video of Pat Venditte switch pitching, ask:

What is a good age for my son to start throwing with both arms?

7-9 years old is a good age to start throwing with both arms.

Many switch pitchers start throwing with both arms as a toddler, but they often have poor throwing mechanics when they get older. Poor throwing mechanics can lead to arm injury.

Players who learn to throw with good mechanics with the dominant arm, can have success throwing with the other arm with proper training. Learn throwing mechanics from a pitching coach first, then work on the throwing motion at home - doing mirror drills.

Does my child need to be ambidextrous to throw with both arms?

No. You don't need to be ambidextrous to begin throwing with either arm. This skill can be learned and most of the current switch pitchers are not ambidextrous - but right-handed.

Stick to throwing a baseball -
Teaching a child to write with both hands, or throw a football with both arms doesn't help a kid to pitch with both arms (I have tried this and it was a waste of time).

The Pat Venditte Effect

Minor league switch pitcher Pat Venditte, started training when he was a toddler, so some parents think this is the way to go. Start training them really young, work them hard and they will be successful. The training strategy worked for golfer Tiger Woods and seems to be working for Pat Venditte.

It's not necessary to start throwing with both arms as a toddler. Some parents discover that their 2-3 year-old can throw a ball with either arm, but this is very common and does not mean the child will be ambidextrous when older.

From my experience, I found that it is best for a young player to learn proper throwing mechanics before attempting to throw with the non-dominant arm. I think it is better for a kid to spend time learning to switch hit first.

Learn to switch hit first

Most of the switch pitchers could also switch hit when they were young. Switch hitters are fairly rare and valued in game situations, so I recommend that players start off with switch hitting before attempting switch throwing. The hitting practice helps with body coordination and hip rotation from both sides. Switch hitting is fun and it takes less work than switch pitching.

Only about 3% of all college players are switch hitters, but switch hitters are more common in the big leagues.

Sometimes, a right-hander finds that they hit better left-handed and lefty hitters often do well in youth baseball. Henry Knight is a natural right-hander who primarily hits left-handed in games (.500), but switches to hit right-handed when facing left-handed pitchers. He also can lay down a bunt from either side of the plate, which comes in handy during close games.

Switch pitcher, Drew Vettleson from Washington State, found that he hits better left-handed. He was drafted out of high school by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010.