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
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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

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