Friday, September 16, 2011

Baseball Bullpen App

Are you looking for an inexpensive mobile app to track pitch counts or record bullpen sessions?

Baseball Bullpen is an intuitive utility for coaches, parents, players, scouts, and fans to easily track and improve a pitcher's performance. 
(source: Hachisoft Corporation)

Learn more

$1.99 at the App Store

I watched a short iPad demo of the Baseball Bullpen app that looked interesting. I don't think the speed indicator would be very accurate (depending on your reaction time), but the pitch type and location tracking would be handy.

View the Baseball Bullpen demo by Paul Reddick

Ryan Perez - Ambidextrous Pitcher Video

Ambidextrous Pitcher Ryan Perez

Ryan Perez throws consistently, right or left-handed, in the 86-88 mph range. Ryan is a natural right-hander who learned to throw with both hands when he was three years old.

Video of Ryan Perez, pitching right and left-handed in the Chicago White Sox Area Code game. He uses a special six-finger glove from Akadema.

Monday, September 12, 2011

How fast does Ryan Perez throw?

Ryan plays with a special mitt that he can wear on either hand. It was his dad who taught Ryan how to use both hands as a toddler. This past spring, Ryan went 9-1, with a 1.56 ERA. He has a full arsenal of pitches and is the first high school pitcher to be clocked over 90 mph with both arms.
“The fastball, the changeup, the curve and the slider on both sides, and he has the velocity. The velocity was surprising. I didn’t think he would touch 90 at this age, but he been gunned on scouts and colleges on 90 both ways,” his father said.
Pitching with both arms has its advantages, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that he has to put in double the work and needs to practice fielding from both sides. On top of that, he‘s also a switch hitter.

Source: Switch Pitcher Hoping to Take Both Arms to Big Leagues
Megan Mawicke, CBS Chicago
July 13, 2011

Two Arms Better Than One - Interview with ambidextrous pitcher Ryan Perez

Ryan Perez has become a spectacle for fans and scouts to witness at Westminster Christian, a school of 350 students in Chicago's suburbs. Perez can throw a fastball, changeup, cutter and curveball with both arms, and he's been clocked at 90 mph right-handed and 87 mph left-handed.

Pitching Velocity
Right-handed: 91-92 mph
Left-handed:   87-88 mph

by Scott Powers,
May 23, 2011

How fast does Pat Venditte throw?

In a recent interview with Matt Leon, Pat Venditte said that his velocity is better from the right side.

Steve Boyle for ESPN Magazine

Right-handed: 88-90 mph

Left-handed:   81-85 mph

It takes him less time to warmup left-handed - throwing sidearm. He states that locating 2 to 3 pitches with a consistent delivery is the key to his success as a switch-pitcher.


Pat Venditte Interview - 2011

Trenton’s Venditte An Effective Switch…Pitcher

August 4, 2011
Pat Venditte was a 20th round draft pick of the Yankees back in 2008, out of Creighton. Now 26-years-old, Venditte is one of the top relievers for their Double-A team, the Thunder. And he is ambidextrous, having become an effective reliever with both his left and right arms.
A natural right-hander, Venditte has pitched in 41 games this season, compiling a 2.82 ERA. In 73 1/3 innings, he has allowed just 61 hits while striking out 71. This success is nothing new. In four pro seasons, he has compiled a 2.03 ERA.

Listen to Matt Leon’s interesting interview with Pat Venditte 

source: CBS Philly