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


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