Saturday, December 8, 2012

Preston Cronk, ambidextrous pitcher, Orlando, Florida

Preston Cronk pitching right-handed
(photo: PantherZone)
Preston Cronk
Born: June 15, 1993
School: Dr. Phillips High School 2012
City: Orlando, Florida

Summer Team: Orlando Reds 18U

Position: RHP/LHP
Height/Weight: 5' 10", 180 lbs.
Bats: Right
Throws: Both, natural right-hander
Velocity: 84 mph RHP
Change-up 74 mph

Preston Cronk is a natural right-handed pitcher who started pitching left-handed following a ligament tear to his right elbow, prior to his senior year. He could throw a fastball up to 84 mph right-handed and in the low 70s left-handed.

Preston Cronk pitching right-handed in a recruiting video.
Fastball 80-84 mph, and change-up 74 mph.
Watch his quick pickoff throws to first and second base.

Ambidextrous area baseball players - Orlando Sentinel

On a cold, gloomy November morning, Preston Cronk was moments from a college baseball scholarship when he arrived at North Carolina Wesleyan.
On the 12th pitch of a bullpen session in front of coaches, Cronk threw a fastball and tore a ligament in his right elbow.

He pitched through the pain, but his velocity and control were gone.
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DP pitcher perseveres
By Chris Mayer, April 5, 2012 | West Orange Times

Dr. Phillips senior Preston Cronk continues to go through an inspirational season with the Panthers.

Cronk suffered a torn ligament in his right elbow during a pitching session at North Carolina Wesleyan, just weeks before the start of the 2012 high school season. The first option was season-ending Tommy John surgery, but DP Head Coach Mike Bradley presented another choice.

"I told him you can get the surgery and be the team manager and be just as much a part of this team as anybody," Bradley said, "but I had seen Preston messing around in the outfield the last few years throwing the ball left-handed, and I told him if you want to work on the mound then you can come back as a left-handed pitcher and we'll do the very best that we can. He's been committed to it and he's worked his tail off and we're trying to get him every opportunity that we can to get him in a game in the right spot."

Cronk, who was expected in be in the starting rotation prior to the injury, pitched left-handed in two games this season with two strikeouts, four walks, one hit batter and three earned runs allowed on two hits. Bradley said Cronk, who is throwing in the low 70s with his opposite arm, will opt for surgery after DP's season ends and proceed with what is typically a year-long recovery.


2012 Principal’s Award

Dr. Phillips High School honored 38 student-athletes with the Principal’s Award for their sports. The award is presented by each sport’s coach to an athlete they recognize as exemplifying leadership, commitment and pride. The 2012 Principal’s Award honorees included Preston Cronk (Baseball).
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Preston Cronk - Dr. Phillips HS, Max Preps

Preston Cronk Baseball Profile | Perfect Game USA

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