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

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