Monday, February 13, 2012

Ryan Perez - ESPN Interview

Double barrel pitcher
Westminster Christian (Hampshire, Ill.) hurler Ryan Perez has really been turning heads on the baseball diamond as of late, not just because he's been mowing down opponents, but because he's been doing it with both arms..

Perez started alternating throwing arms when he was three years. His dad had Ryan skipping stones in the backyard pond.

Perez is like a starter left-handed and more like a closer right-handed. He has better off-speed pitches left-handed and more velocity using the fastball right-handed.

Ryan Perez is also a solid switch hitter. He tends to hit left-handed against right-handed pitchers. (source: ESPN)

Ambidextrous pitcher gains notoriety

By Scott Powers
ELGIN, Ill. -- Professional scouts are paying increasing attention to a right-handed pitcher and a left-handed pitcher from a tiny school in Elgin, Ill., and it happens to be the same player.

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.

"To them, it's so weird," said Perez, whose father began teaching him to use both arms as a toddler. "To me, it's natural."