Hometown: Hampshire, IL
High School: Westminster Christian , Elgin, IL
HS Team: Warriors - 1A State Champions 2010
Travel Team: McHenry County Hurricanes
Height: 5-11 Weight: 165
Positions: RHP, LHP, 1B, 3B, SS
Fastball: RHP: 84-86 LHP: 83-85
Curve: RHP: 67 LHP: 64-66
Changeup: RHP: 72 LHP: 73
Bats: Switch hitter
Dominant hand: right-handed
When it comes to brushing his teeth, eating, writing and playing other sports, Ryan is always right-handed.
Glove: Akadema Abidextrous Glove
Ryan Perez uses a special glove his brother found after a long search led him to Akadema, a company that specializes in baseball and softball equipment. The glove has six fingers, allowing Ryan to easily switch from one hand to the other.
Goal: "At first I didn't think about that stuff, or at least I'd try not to," Ryan said. "But I think if I keep working really hard I can definitely get to the major leagues."
(source: wcwarriorbaseball.net )
The Warriors standout is ambidextrous in pitching, fielding and hitting.
Why he started pitching with both arms
A lifelong passion for the sport led Juan Perez to experiment with developing an ambidextrous ballplayer when Ryan came along as the youngest of his six children.
"From the moment I put a baseball in his hand, at that time I decided to see if it could be done," Juan said. "I figured he was my last son and I always wondered if it could be done. So I took the chance and tried it with him."
Both father and son agree the process wasn't easy.
Despite being naturally right-handed, Ryan was conditioned by Juan to throw with both hands. When Ryan would pick up a ball with his right hand, Juan would make him move it over to his left.
Eventually it became second nature for Ryan to handle a ball with both hands and throw with both arms. These days, he thinks nothing of the talent.
"A lot of times if he goes to a clinic or something, they go on the side of it being a gift," Juan said. "But Ryan and I know it was a lot of work."
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