Sunday, July 4, 2010

Mitchell Beacom - UCLA Pitcher

Mitchell Ray Beacom
Born: July 4, 1989 in San Diego, CA
Position: LHP (also can throw righthanded)
Bats: Left
Hometown: San Diego, CA
College: UCLA
Jersey Number: 35

Pro: drafted in 2011 by the San Francisco Giants in the 20th round (No. 627 overall)

According the UCLA baseball profile: Mitchell is ambidextrous, but plays baseball left-handed.
UCLA Profile of Mitchell Beacom

An online forum, about ambidextrous pitchers, states that Mitch Beacom can throw in the low 90s left-handed and 88 mph right-handed. (

Mitchell Beacom drafted by SF Giants

Round 20 (627th overall), Mitchell Beacom, LHP, UCLA: A 6-foot-8, 260-pound reliever, Beacom is ambidextrous and can pitch with both hands, but he has found success as a left-hander. He made 15 relief appearances last summer for the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the Northwest League, going 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA, 32 strikeouts and 11 walks in 29 innings. Beacom was picked in the 36th round of last year’s Draft but returned to the Bruins and put up more impressive numbers this spring: 2.20 ERA, 38 strikeouts and nine walks in 32.2 innings.
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Royals 36th round pick LHP Mitchell Beacom UCLA

Royals Prospects
Six-foot-8 left-handed pitcher Mitchell Beacom, a redshirt sophomore, was taken by the Kansas City Royals in the 36th round.
Beacom is a draft-eligible sophomore who worked out of the UCLA bullpen this year. Beacom put up an ERA of 4.58 in 17 2/3 innings with 22 strikeouts and 3 walks in 2010.
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‘Chucks Sign 6’9” UCLA Southpaw
Monday, May 17th, 2010 (Wausau, WI) Mitchell Beacom, a 6’9” lefty reliever from UCLA, has signed with the Wisconsin Woodchucks for the 2010 summer.  Beacom, a third-year sophomore, is providing quality innings out of the ‘pen for a UCLA team seemingly destined for extensive postseason play with a 37-11 record. 

Beacom’s stats this season are deceiving, as his 4.76 earned run average doesn’t tell the whole story.  Through 17 innings pitched out of the pen, Beacom boasts an extraordinary 0.88 WHIP with a .185 opponent batting average- making his higher ERA a statistical oddity.

He makes pool seem too shallow


Beacom was named All-San Diego Section second team in water polo last year while splitting his athletic calendar with baseball in the spring.
A few colleges have contacted Beacom about water polo. But he said his preference would be to focus on baseball as a left-handed pitcher.
Beacom, a 185-pounder, pitches left-handed, but he throws the ball right-handed in water polo. In fact, he's ambidextrous, giving him strength on both sides of his body in defending the goal.

Switching throwing arms is just one part of the transition between the baseball field and pool.

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Interesting sight before the game, Mitchell Beacom throwing a bullpen right-handed in front of Jack Hiatt and Fred Stanley

Mitchell Ray Beacom - San Jose Giants
6.75 ERA in 2012

Drew Vettleson - Switch Pitcher in the News

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Tampa Bay Ray Outfield prospect. Follow Drew on Twitter

Chasing The Dream: The Drew Vettleson Story and Interview

Jan 29, 2012

When the Tampa Bay Rays selected Drew Vettleson in the 1st round of the 2010 MLB Draft they selected a truly unique player coming out of high school. Not only did Vettleson excel at as a switch hitter but he was one of the very few athletes that could also pitch from both sides of the mound. The Rays are developing him as a switch hitting outfielder but before we jump ahead to the present lets look back at Vettleson’s life before the draft as a player who could truly do it all. Read more

Switch-pitcher: More than just a novelty act

By Carla Swank, Rivals High Assistant Editor

New York Yankees pitcher Pat Venditte got the attention of the sports world last month when he became baseball's first "switch-pitcher" in a spring training game - throwing to batters as both a right-hander and left-hander.
Drew Vettleson, a senior at Central Kitsap High in Silverdale, Wash., was watching more closely than most.

Vettleson is an ambidextrous pitcher, too.

"It's definitely very cool," he said. "We're two of the only people in the world who can do this."
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Drew Vettleson: Double Threat

By Kevin Armstrong, EPSN Rise

With the ability to throw heat from either side of the mound -- not to mention a powerful stroke at the plate -- Central Kitsap’s (Silverdale, Wash.) Drew Vettleson is the complete package.

Central Kitsap High School baseball player Drew Vettleson strikes out sports reporter to win challenge

By WESLEY REMMER Central Kitsap Reporter, Apr 14 2010 

Drew Vettleson’s big grin stretched across the infield, masking his freakish baseball talent.
Like the ability to throw between 90-93 mph with his right arm — and in the upper-80s with his left, accurately. Or hit the ball more than 400 feet, to all directions of the field, from the left side of the plate.

Home runs and no-hitters are norms, not exceptions, for the ambidextrous Vettleson, the 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year who is rated the No. 19 prospect in the country and projected to be drafted in the 2010 Major League Draft in June.

Player of the year: CK's Drew Vettleson
DOUG PACEY, The News Tribune
Central Kitsap ace known best for his switch-pitching, but college and pro scouts know him for his mature baseball savvy

Long before college coaches and professional baseball scouts recognized Drew Vettleson for the complete ballplayer he could become, he had made a name for himself by being an ambidextrous pitcher.
“That’s what I’ve always been known for,” Vettleson said, “the kid who can switch-pitch.”
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Washington: Ambidextrous pitcher Vettleson an even better hitter

The Central Kitsap outfielder can pitch with both hands, but pro scouts are flocking to see what he can do with a bat.

By Nathan Joyce, MaxPreps, March 22, 2010

SILVERDALE — Drew Vettleson is known in baseball circles as an oddity. The Central Kitsap senior pitcher can throw with both hands, an extreme rarity.
Vettleson’s ambidextrous pitching dates back to when he was young. His parents played slow-pitch softball with their son in tow. His mom is lefthanded and his dad is righthanded. He would pick up either of their gloves and start throwing.
He’s primarily a righthander and can throw in the low 90s. He also throws a curveball and a changeup.


Draft 2010: Baldelli announces pick of OF Vettleson (video)

Drew Vettleson talks at the 2010 Area Code Baseball Games in Long BeachJul 2, 2010