Friday, December 28, 2012

Christian Rinick - ambidextrous pitcher and switch hitter

Christian Rinick
Age: 10 (2012)
Hometown: Marlton, New Jersey
HS Class: Graduates in 2020

Bats: Both;
Throws: Both
Positions: 2B, P, OF

Christian Rinick is a young switch hitter and ambidextrous pitcher from Marlton, New Jersey (30 minutes southeast of Philadelphia, PA).

Some of the best switch pitchers started out as switch hitters.

Watch Christian Rinick on YouTube (10 years old)

Watch pitching drills for ambidextrous throwers

Christian Rinick Baseball Profile | Perfect Game USA

13U team
Ht/Wt: 4-7; 85 lbs
Bats: R; Throws: R
Positions: 2B


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Favorite Pitching Websites

Are you looking for information about pitching?
Do you want to learn a new pitch?
Do you want to increase you pitching velocity?

Here are some websites about pitching that might help answer your questions.

The Complete Pitcher
Steven Ellis is a two-time MLB draft pick and former Chicago Cubs pitching pro. He has written books covering all aspects of baseball.

The Pitching Professor
Dr. John Bagonzi has made his greatest mark in the professional world as an extraordinary coach.  Learn about coach Bagonzi's Act of Pitching book series.

Pitching Mechanics 101
Chris O'Leary covers the proper pitching mechanics, arm slot, injury prevention, and reviews the mechanics major league pitchers.

The Bullpen for pitcher prep, grips and strategies

The Utimate Pitcher
Tips for how to pitch faster. 
Read about 10 MLB Pitchers with great pitching mechanics

The National Pitching Association is dedicated to the education of baseball pitchers, their parents, and their coaches, so that they can pitch more effectively, stay healthier, develop a positive mental attitude, and a greater love of the game. 

Exclusive Baseball Content -
Eric Cresseya Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, is perhaps best known for his extensive work with baseball players, with more than 70 professional players traveling to Massachusetts to train with him each off-season.

High School Baseball Web
The HS Baseball Web features articles about college baseball recruiting, scholarships, and the MLB draft, interviews with college coaches and pro scouts, recruiting "how to", links to other baseball resources, camps and showcases, and a "world famous" message board

Bunting Tips 
Some pitchers have trouble hitting, so bunting is a good option. Watch videos on how to bunt.

Top 5 Best Baseball Pitching Websites

includes reviews

Free instructional videos explaining pitching from the stretch, hitting and more.

Training Tips by Brian Oates
Only focus on the things you can control


Baseball Stats - Major League Baseball Statistics

Baseball Statistics and Analysis | FanGraphs Baseball


Sunday, December 23, 2012

College coach teaches the Towel Drill

Learn how to prevent arm injuries by limiting pitches thrown. Watch college pitching coach Karl Kuhn demonstrate the Towel Drill.

To prevent arm injury, throw with good mechanics and limit the total number of pitches thrown each year.

After throwing 45 pitches off a mound - allow 72 hours of rest
(its ok to throw, but not pitch from a mound)

How many pitches can safely be throw in a calendar year?

It depends on the players age. Coach Kuhn uses this formula:

100 pitches x kids age = total number of competitive pitches in a calendar year

Example for 11-year-old pitcher:

100 pitches x 11 = 1,100 competitive pitches in a calendar year 

That doesn't mean throwing 100 pitches per game. There are limits set by leagues - follow the guidelines to prevent arm injuries. Each player is different regarding their stamina on the mound. Watch the pitcher's posture and mechanics. On average, a good inning for a pitcher would be 15 pitches or less.

About Karl Kuhn

The Virginia pitching staff has met unparalleled success in the past nine seasons under pitching coach Karl Kuhn. Since 2005 Virginia boasts the lowest cumulative earned run average in the nation (3.16).

In honor of his coaching success, Kuhn was named the 2010 recipient of Collegiate Baseball's Tom House Teaching Professional of the Year Award. The award recognizes excellence in teaching pitchers and acknowledges years of continued education and study of the latest pitching techniques as identified by scientific fact and biomechanical research.

Read more about pitching coach Karl Kuhn


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Matthew Berish ambidextrous thrower

Matt Berish

High School: Berlin HS 2011, Berlin, NY

College: Southern Vermont College in 2011
Summer Team: Brunswick Orioles
HS Team: 

Berlin Mountaineers

Position: Sidearm/Submarine Relief Pitcher

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Throws: Left/Right (right-hand dominant)
Bats: Right

Right Side; 4-seam, 2-seam, Knuckle-Curve, Three Finger Change
Left Side; 4-seam, 2-seam, Three Finger Change

Velocity: Right-handed 82-84 mph; Left-handed 63-65 mph

Matthew Berish was a right-handed pitcher in high school. He had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and recovered in time to play his senior year, but saw limited action on the mound (3 IP, 11.67 ERA). He played 1B, C, and RHP as a senior for the Berlin Mountaineers.

Berish states that he "began messing around with left-handed throwing during Basic Training" in 2011. He was able to throw up to 65 mph as a lefty and in the low 80s right-handed. Essentially, he became an ambidextrous thrower, since effective switch pitchers have only a 3 to 5 mph difference in velocity between the two arms.

SwitchPitch39 Back in the Game (forum posting)

Matt Berish To Participate In Florida Baseball Showcase

Berlin High School senior, Matt Berish, has joined an elite fraternity of college bound athletes from around the country.   Matt was recently chosen to participate in Coast to Coast Baseball’s Florida showcase event being held this December, 2010. Read more

Matt Berish throwing right-handed (YouTube)

Matt Berish - MaxPreps  

Berlin High School Stats

Matthew Berish on Twitter 


Note about velocity:
On the average, a typical Varsity high school fastball is between 75-85 mph, although many good Varsity pitchers will be seeing the upper 80s and low 90 range. Read more


Friday, December 14, 2012

Pete Reiser, ambidextrous thrower

Pete Reiser - Dodgers
Harold Patrick Reiser - Pistol Pete

Born: March 17, 1919 —St. Patrick’s Day—in St. Louis, Missouri.

Position: Outfielder
Team: Brooklyn Dodgers

Height: 5' 11". Weight: 185 lbs
Batted: Left  .295 BA
Threw: Right,  Could also throw left-handed.

Pete Reiser was a terrific football player, bowler and ice skater, too. On top of everything, he was also ambidextrous. Pete threw and batted right-handed as a boy, but he could swing around and do almost as well left-handed. 

Reiser was fearless - and ambidextrous

He had this thing for running into walls after fly balls, and standing his ground against knockdown pitches, so his head kept taking this awful punishment, and when it wasn't his head it was his shoulder, which he broke diving for a ball.

When somebody asked him what he would do if he couldn't throw again when he got back to the Dodgers, he said "I'll just throw left-haned." That's another thing he was, ambidextrous. (Dick Young, New York Daily News)

Switch hitting

At age 20, in his first 11 at-bats, swinging against big league talent in exhibition games, Reiser hit four homers, four singles and drew three walks, batting lefty and righty. He was playing shortstop then.

In 1941, Reiser won the NL batting title with a .343 batting average in his first full season in the majors. In 1946 he stole home, a National League record seven times

Pete Reiser, Switch Pitcher

Dodger Rook Likes Big Time Hurling

By Whitney Martin
The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 April 1939

Reiser, a switch pitcher who can throw well with either hand, was the sensation of the Grapefruit 
league, getting eight hits and three walks before they finally got him out.

He wasn't on the Dodger roster, but Manager Leo Durocher invited him to the Clearwater camp 
"because the kid wanted to see Florida and I wanted someone to relieve me at shortstop occasionally." 
For a while it looked like the relief might be permanent. However, the law of averages finally caught 
up with Reiser, but not before he had shown enough stuff to possibly earn himself a place on the squad.

The boy grew up on the St. Louis sandlots, and as a loyal Cardinal fan picked as a hero a classy shortstop named Durocher. His other hero was an older brother, now dead, and it was an attempt to imitate this brother, a southpaw, that made Pete, a natural right-hander, ambidextrous.

Read more

Pete Reiser Biography

Pete Reiser - When Hustle Was Expected

A tough guy - That was Pistol Pete Reiser, the phenom

Pete Reiser: One of the Best Ball Players of All-Time | Bleacher Report

Pete Reiser Statistics and History -

George Brett, ambidextrous thrower

George Howard Brett (Mullet)
George Brett - KC Royals
Born: May 15, 1953 in Glen Dale, WV
MLB Team: Royals 1973-1993

Positions: Third Baseman and First Baseman 
Height/Weight : 6' 0", 200 lb.
Bats: Left
Throws: Right, but was ambidextrous

George Brett was a second-round draft pick in 1971 and played in the MLB for 21 years. Brett played third base for the Kansas City Royals, and was inducted into Hall of Fame in 1999.

Brett was well known for pitching both left- and right-handed in batting practice. He also threw both left- and right-handed in the field – right as a 3rd baseman and left as a 1st baseman. 
George Fills the Royals' Flush (SI Vault, June 21, 1976)

George Brett won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals in 1985 and was a Gold Glove winner. In 1980 Brett was the AL MVP. 

Well known as a hitter, Brett had 3,154 career hits.

George Brett Stats - BR Bullpen

George Brett Statistics and History -


Monday, December 10, 2012

Dylan Raymond, ambidextrous pitcher - Pembroke, Virginia

Dylan Raymond
Hometown: Pembroke, Virginia

High School: Giles HS 2012
College: Bluefield State, WV, Division II

Positions: RHP/LHP, IF
Height/Weight: 6' 1", 175 lbs
Bats: Switch hitter (.643 BA)
Throws: Both, stronger right-handed
Velocity: 84 mph

Many ambidextrous pitchers are also solid switch hitters.

Dylan Raymond is a switch hitter, shortstop and ambidextrous pitcher who played for the Giles Spartans in 2012. His batting average was .643, with a 1.178 Slugging Percentage. He scored 35 runs and had 26 RBIs in 65 plate appearances according to MaxPreps.

2012 All-Three Rivers District Baseball Team
Player of the Year: Dylan Raymond, Giles
Read more

Switch has made Giles' Dylan Raymond a hit

The Giles senior can pitch with either hand, but he's best known for his ability to hit from both sides of the plate.

By Ray Cox, The Roanoke Times, May 29, 2012

Raymond might have been one of the few known switch-pitchers in Virginia High School League history if they'd only given him a shot.

"I was ready to do it if they'd have let me," said Raymond, who has been condemned to a life of one-sidedness because he throws most effectively from the right side.

Give him credit for sticking with it, though. When he tried out for the Commonwealth Games last year, he informed Rodney Spradlin, the West squad coach who was conducting the tryout, that he could pitch with either arm. Spradlin has seen a lot of good ballplayers over the years, but Raymond's information caught him short.

"You gotta be kidding me," Spradlin said.

Raymond went through the tryout pitching both right and left. He made the team.
"He didn't make the team because he could pitch with both hands," Spradlin said. "He made it because he's a switch-hitter."

Giles baseball hopes arms can compete

It looks as if Blacksburg can play, Christiansburg can pitch and Pulaski County can hit as the season begins.

The Roanoke Times, March 25, 2010

Dylan Raymond's pitching impact figured to be substantial until he showed up for the preseason with a sore shoulder. Specialists have taken a look and results ought to be in soon. Meanwhile, all mound duties must wait.

"He won't be doing any pitching until we know something," Giles coach Bruce Frazier said.
Should all eventually be well, then Raymond and fellow right-hander Caleb Tilley ought to be a formidable 1-2 combination. If not, well, Raymond might be able to DH.

Nothing wrong with that, because he can swing the stick (.372 last year). 

Waiting on pitching help - April 30, 2010
One of the top Group A pitchers in the area, Giles junior Dylan Raymond, has been limited most of the year by a sore arm. Raymond has finished his rehab schedule and has been throwing on the side.

"We're not in any hurry," Giles coach Bruce Frazier said. "We're not going to send him in there to pitch until we're comfortable that he's 100 percent. I'll depend on my pitching coach for advice because he has more experience in these matters than I do."

The Spartans pitching coach is former Major League closer Mike Williams.

Dylan Raymond Baseball Profile | Perfect Game USA

Dylan Raymond's Giles High School 11-12 Baseball Profile

Travis Thompson, ambidextrous pitcher - Illinois

Travis Thompson
High School: Mt. Carmel Golden Aces HS 2012
City: Mt. Carmel, Illinois

College: Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois
Viking Baseball bio

Hanover College in Indiana (Sophomore)

Position: Switch Pitcher, INF
Height/Weight: 6-1, 173 lbs.
Bats: Left
Throws: Both, Ambidextrous
Velocity: 81 mph fastball in 2011

Glove: custom Rawlings uniglove

About the Rawlings Ambi Glove

We went to Rawlings Custom Shop in St. Louis, the same firm that makes gloves for major league baseball players. We had seen an article about a Creighton University player throwing with both hands against the University of Evansville team.
“This year we got in touch with the right person, who has made 10 of these unigloves. He normally charges $500 but this one was $200; he sent it to us for approval.”
We wanted the uniglove so if I wanted to change pitching arms during the game, I used to have my dad throw me a different glove from the dugout. That counted as a trip to the mound, and a coach or manager is allowed only so many trips before the pitcher has to be removed. And a pitcher cannot take two gloves to the mound. Thus the uniglove.

Aces go .500 on season, lose to Olney Tigers

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012  by KIM BOSAW 
The Mt. Carmel Golden Aces baseball team got behind early and let the Olney Tigers score three runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 6-2 win at Dee White Field on Thursday. Ambidextrous pitcher Travis Thompson started the game for Mt. Carmel throwing with his right arm, but after walking in a run in the 1st he switched and finished the game with his left arm.

Baseball Aces get first win

Posted: Monday, March 19, 2012
Mt. Carmel High School’s Golden Aces baseball team opened the season with a 10-8 win over Robinson at Dee White Field Saturday. Mt. Carmel had to come from behind and scored eight runs in the sixth inning for the victory.
Travis Thompson took the win on the mound after relieving Tyler Winschief in the sixth. Winschief had three strikeouts and no walks but gave up six hits and hit two batters. Thompson had one strikeout, one walk and gave up one hit.

Switch pitcher Thompson switching schools
May 30, 2013

Mt. Carmel’s unique switch pitcher Travis Thompson is taking his talents elsewhere next year. After a frustrating freshman season at Augustana College, where he got few looks on the mound or at the plate, the sophomore-to-be is transferring to Hanover College in Indiana. (source: Daily Republican Register)

Travis pitching right handed - YouTube

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Alexander Trautner, ambidextrous pitcher, Danville, CA

Alexander Trautner 
Danville, CA

College: Creighton University (Class of 2018)

Collegiate Summer Team: Neptune Beach Pearl, Alameda, CA

Positions: LHP/RHP, First Base, Catcher
Height/Weight: 6'3" 210 lbs
Bats: Right
Throws: Both, switch pitcher
Velocity / Pitches:
RHP = 87 mph FB, curveball, and change-up.
LHP = 83 mph FB, curveball, and change-up.

A 6'3" switch pitcher from Northern California, Alexander Trautner throws a fastball, curveball and change-up from either side. Right-handed he reaches 87 mph and left-handed he touches 83 mph.   

Alexander Trautner fields firstbase left-handed, and behind the plate he is a right-handed catcher.

Alex Trautner (TrautDaddy) on Twitter

Alexander Trautner - YouTube

revised: Aug 17, 2013