Hometown: Edneyville, North Carolina
High School: Hendersonville High School (Class of 2006)
Height: 6'3" Weight: 235
Positions: LHP/RHP, 1B (LHP in college)
Bats: Switch hitter
Throws: Both, ambidextrous
Velocity: 86 mph left-handed in 2005
Dominant Arm: Natural Lefty
"I think he throws harder and his ball moves a little more when he's pitching left-handed. He throws a lot more off-speed pitches when he's a right-hander." - Hendersonville coach Mark Cook
David Ricker was an ambidextrous pitcher at Hendersonville High School in North Carolina.
Ricker earned All-State, All-Conference, and All-Area awards as a senior at Hendersonville for head coach Mark Cook...played for the East Cobb Astros AAU team which won the 16U National Championship... made it to the quarterfinals of the 2005 18 UWWBA wooden bat national championship. As a senior, David Ricker was named an N.C. Scholar.
Baseball Profile and Statistics
#30 David Ricker - UNC Asheville Bulldogs
David Ricker Baseball Profile - Perfect Game USA
As many followers of HS baseball know, Ricker is not only a switch hitter, but he is also a switch pitcher. He can comfortably pitch with both arms and can get hitters out either way. His fastball topped out at 85 while throwing left-handed, and 83 while throwing right-handed.
In the News
Bear hope to overcome adversity. Ambidextrous pitcher, starting catcher dismissed
By Pete Warner, Bangor Daily News, Mar 22, 2007
The Black Bears faced additional adversity upon their return to campus, as sophomore catcher Sean Parker of Worcester, Mass., and ambidextrous freshman pitcher David Ricker of Hendersonville, N.C., were dismissed from the team fro violating team rules, according to a UMaine statement released Wednesday.
Ricker pitched in four game for the Black Bears, yielding 17 hits and 15 earned runs for a 27.00 earned run average. Read more
The Hendersonville star is ambidextrous, and his rare ability allows him to baffle opponents and spectators, including his coach.
"I've never seen anything like it," said Hendersonville coach Mark Cook. "He just picks up a glove and changes hands."
By Jeremy Trantham
Times-News Staff Writer
May 12, 2006