Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Aubrey McCarty BHP, Switch Hitter

Aubrey McCarty  
Coquitt County High School, Moultrie, GA  (Class of 2013)
Hometown: Doerun, Georgia

College: Vanderbilt (Class of 2017)
2013 MLB Draft: Selected by the SF Giants in the 35th round (#1062 overall)

Positions: BHP, 1B
Throws: Both (ambidextrous)
Bats: Switch hitter, BA .331
Ht/Wt: 6-4"/205 lbs
Summer Team: Home Plate Chilidogs
No: 55

Glove: Mizuno ambidextrous glove
Pitches: fastball, cutter, curveball, change-up
Velocity: 92 mph RHP; 85 mph LHP

Aubrey McCarty is a switch hitter and both handed pitcher who can throw up to 89 mph  (Perfect Game 6/29/2012). Throws a fastball, cutter, curveball and changeup from both sides (watch video). At 6'3", McCarty also plays first base. 

As a 16-year-old, his throwing velocity topped out at 86 mph right-handed and 83 mph left-handed. 

McCarty started pitching both ways when he was 11-years-old. He is naturally left-handed, but learned to play baseball right-handed. When he was 13 or 14, he hurt his right arm, so he worked hard on throwing left-handed. Now he throws well with either arm. He committed to play for Vanderbilt as a two way player. Watch the interview

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, who is a rare ambidextrous pitcher, led the Packers with a 9-2 record and a 2.86 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 58.2 innings last season (2012). Moultrie Observer

College Commitment: Vanderbilt


Aubrey McCarty
Call him Dr. Strangeglove

InsideVandy: Baseball, Feb 19, 2014
On the Vanderbilt baseball roster, Aubrey McCarty’s name is about as conspicuous as a stray cat in the outfield.  
In the roster’s bats-throws column, most players have some combination of right and left, depending on which side of the plate they hit from and which arm they use when throwing. The two position players who hit from both sides of the plate are listed as switch-right. 
That leaves McCarty, listed as switch-switch. No need to blame an intern for a lack of baseball knowledge, because it’s not an oversight. Aubrey McCarty is a two-way player who hits from both sides of the plate and pitches with both arms.

Colquitt's McCarty signs to play baseball at Vanderbilt - The Moultrie Observer
McCarty says he will continue to throw with both arms during his senior season with the Packers next spring and expects to use the same approach at Vanderbilt.

Colquitt County's Switch Pitcher

Tallahassee WCTV Eyewitness News | May 2, 2013

Moultrie, GA - To Aubrey McCarty, the switch is seamless. Opponents do a double take when he's on the mound. Sometimes, in between hitters, he effortlessly transforms from a righty into a lefty.

"I'm naturally left-handed," McCarty said, "but I've always played baseball right-handed because my dad rodeoed and he was right-handed roping and everything. And he didn't know how to teach me left-handed."

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Colquitt’s Ambidextrous Pitcher Headed to Vanderbilt

Player Spotlight April 2013 | In the game magazine
A sport is not merely an organized individual or team athletic pursuit. A sport is also defined as an anomaly that gives an organism a special advantage over similar organisms. Aubry McCarty, the Colquitt County Packers senior pitcher/first baseman, is a sport in his chosen sport. McCarty, 18, is one of the rarest types of baseball players - a completely ambidextrous pitcher. He throws equally well from both sides, and he’s been doing so for the last six or seven years. At first glance, one might think McCarty’s talent is nothing more than a gimmick, an oddity he uses to overcome a lack of true baseball talent.
Nothing could be further from the truth.

Homeplate Chilidogs Rally for 5-3 Win
A Vanderbilt commit, McCarty pitched the first 3 innings for the Chilidogs, topping out at 88 mph and later added an Rbi in the 7th inning on a bases loaded hit by pitch.  McCarty is an extremely rare athlete in that he is completely ambidextrous, throwing with both arms during the game and also switch-hitting.  In an interview with Perfect Game's Daron Sutton after the game, McCarty said he owed his dual coordination to growing up going to rodeos with his rodeo rider father, saying that cowboys have to be completely ambidextrous to perform their jobs well. (Perfect Game USA, 10/26/2012)

McCarty Switch Pitched in Scrimmage Game
The Colquitt County High baseball team defeated Worth County 12-6 in scrimmage game. Ambidextrous sophomore Aubrey McCarty, above, pitched the second inning left-handed and struck out the side. He pitched the third inning right-handed, giving up a single, but again striking out three batters. (moultrieobserver.com)

Creech enjoying Giants' second World Series championship
by Wayne Grandy, The Moultrie Observer

As a Packers fan and as a scout, Ed Creech has kept an eye on Colquitt County’s Aubrey McCarty.

And he likes what he sees of the ambidextrous pitcher, who will be a senior on the Packers baseball team this season.

“He is one of the hardest-working kids I’ve ever been around,” he said of McCarty, who has signed to play at Vanderbilt next year.

“He’s a loose kid and I like his arm action.”

And asked about whether throwing with both arms will continue to be an option at the college or professional level, Creech said, “If it works, it works.

“It’s intriguing.”

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1 comment:

  1. A Vanderbilt student news site, InsideVandy.com has an article on Aubrey with a photo: http://www.insidevandy.com/sports/baseball/article_87f8b392-9910-11e3-a38f-001a4bcf6878.html. I found it on my periodic Google search for Pat Venditte. I still have no idea what Pat is doing this spring.