Sunday, February 24, 2013

College Switch Pitchers by Division

Ambidextrous Pitchers Listed by College Division 
This list includes high school ambidextrous pitchers who signed a letter of intent to play college baseball. A couple of switch pitchers -- who had college scholarship offers -- landed up signing a pro contract, so they did not play in college.


Division I

Binghamton University, Bearcats - Thornwood, New York
Alex Adami
Iona Prep HS, 2008

Clemson University, Tigers - Clemson, SC

Tyler Lumsden, Cave Spring HS, Roanoke, Virginia
Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 1st round

Creighton University, Blue Jays - Omaha, Nebraska
Alex Trautner, Class of 2018
Pat Venditte Jr., 2008
Drafted by the NY Yankees in 2008
Playing in the minor league

Harvard University, Crimson - Cambridge, MA
Matt Brunnig, Class of 2006
Jamie Irving, Class of 1993

Oregon State University, Beavers - Corvallis, OR
Drew Vettleson
Signed Letter of Intent for 2010-11 (did not play in college)
Drafted by the Rays in 2010
Playing in the minor league

Rider University, Broncos - Lawrenceville, NJ
Rich Brady, Holy Ghost Prep 1993

UCLA, Bruins - Los Angeles, CA

Mitchell Beacom, University City HS, San Diego
LHP for UCLA, drafted by SF Giants in 2011

UNC Asheville, Bulldogs - Asheville, North Carolina
David Ricker2009-2011

University of Albany,  Great Danes - Albany, NY
D.J. HoagboonMayfield Central School, Class of 2010
Catcher and ambidextrous pitcher in HS; Catcher in college

University of Oregon, Ducks - Eugene, OR
Andrew Pullin
Signed Letter of Intent for 2012-13 (did not play in college)
Drafted by the Phillies in 2012
Playing in the minor league

Vanderbilt University, Commodores - Nashville, TN
Aubrey McCartyCoquitt County High School, Moultrie, GA
Signed Letter of Intent with Vanderbilt for 2013-14
Drafted by the SF Giants in 2013

University of Virginia, Cavaliers - Vienna , Virginia
Keith Werman, Oakton High School, Vienna, Virginia
Signed to play minor league ball for the Mariners in 2012

Division II

Minnesota State University, (Division II) - Mankato, MN
Josh Hoekstra,
 DC Everest Evergreens HS (2009) 

St. Leo College, (Division II) - St. Leo, Florida
Todd Cason, 1990

Division III

University of Puget Sound; Pacific Lutheran University

Tony Polis, Mark Morris HS 2007, Longview, Washington
Baseball and basketball player in college. 


Cumberland University, (NAIA) - Lebanon, TN
Peter Taraskevich, Class of 2010

Judson University, Eagles, (NAIA) - Elgin, IL

Ryan Perez, 2012-13  RHP/LHP

Brescia University,  Bearcats (NAIA), Owensboro, KY
Dalton Mellott, 2013  RHP/MIF

Community College

Orange Coast College - Costa Mesa, CA
Bijan Rademacher, 2012
Drafted by the Cubs in 2012

Temple College - Temple, TX
Brandon Berdoll, 2003

Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2003


National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

NCAA - Division I

NCAA - Division II

NCAA - Division III


NCAA Division I Baseball -- Iterative Strength Ratings 2013
Find out what colleges have the hardest schedules. 
The Pac-12 tops the list.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Greg A. Harris - Major League Ambidextrous Pitcher

Harris switch pitched for one inning in the major league

Greg Allen Harris

Born: November 2, 1955 in Lynwood, California
High School: Los Alamitos HS, Los Alamitos, CA
College: Long Beach City College

Positions: RHP / LHP (one inning in the big league)
Bats: Switch hitter
Throws: Both (ambidextrous)
Dominant hand: Right

Major League Pitcher for 15 years, from 1981 to 1995.
Pitching record: 74-90   Earned run average: 3.69   Saves: 54

Velocity:  RHP 85-86 mph; LHP 80-81 mph

Teams: New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

Glove: Mizuno designed a custom six-fingered glove Harris could wear on either hand.The ambidextrous glove is similar to Venditte's - with two thumbs and a wide, pie-shaped pocket. In 1995, Harris donated his famous six-fingered glove to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Greg Allen Harris is best known as the only pitcher in the modern era to pitch with both left and right arms. A natural right-hander, by 1986 Harris could throw well enough left-handed that he felt he could pitch with either hand in a game, but the opportunity did not arise.

Why he started pitching with both arms

Harris began using both hands in 1986 as a member of the Texas Rangers in an effort to save wear and tear on his right arm. He also began throwing batting practice with both arms. Harris pitched for the Rangers from 1985-87.

Harris' unusual ability to pitch with both hands led to some tension between him and the Red Sox, who forbade the ambidextrous hurler from throwing lefty. GM Lou Gorman insisted it would "make a mockery" of the game, leading Harris to grumble, "Boston is so conservative. People are afraid to try anything." In a muted show of defiance, Harris usually chose to wear an ambidextrous glove on the mound. (

Harris alternated arms during one game

Harris finally threw left-handed in a regular-season game on September 28, 1995, the next-to-last game of his career, for the Expos. In the ninth inning, Harris retired Reggie Sanders pitching right-handed, then switched to his left hand for the next two hitters, Hal Morris and Ed Taubensee, who both batted lefty. Harris walked Morris but got Taubensee to ground out. He then went back to his right hand to retire Bret Boone to end the inning.

The last pitcher to use both hands in a pro game had been Bert Campaneris, who did so in 1962 while playing for Daytona Beach in the Florida State League. The last pitcher in the Major League to pitch with both his right and left hands was Tony Mullane in 1893. In 1888, Elton "Ice Box" Chamberlain of the Louisville Colonels in the American Association, pitched with both arms in a baseball game.

Harris faced 6,293 batters in his career. He threw left-handed to only two batters.

Harris threw a football to warmup before a game

Ranger pitching coach, Tom House, had Harris throwing a football almost exclusively in his pregame warm-ups.
When he did throw a baseball, Harris, a natural right-hander, alternated throwing right- and left-handed during warm-ups. At the time, Harris had never pitched left-handed in a game, but he claimed he is capable of doing it. 

House said he believes that alternating his pitching arm gives Harris a better idea of the mechanics involved in throwing a variety of pitches. Harris agrees. (

Harris comments on switch pitching:
"It's normal for me in the off-season. I always use both arms," he said. "To me, throwing left-handed saves the right. I used to do it in the minors to give the right arm a break."

Harris states that he used three tests to make sure he could pitch effectively as a lefty:
1. Reach at least 80 mph on the speed gun;
2. Throw a good curveball; and
3. Be able to throw at least 25 out of 30 pitches for strikes.
(Oneonta Star article)


Harris Pitches with Both Hands
Lakeland Ledger, Sep 29, 1995
Greg Harris became the first player to pitch with both hands in a game in modern major-league history, working a scoreless ninth inning Thursday night for the Montreal Expos in a 9-7 loss to Cincinnati.

Ambidextrous Harris ponders possibility of switch-pitching
Gainesville Sun - Mar 2, 1994

Greg Harris, A Red Sox reliever, would like to be a baseball pioneer

Toledo Blade - May 24, 1992
A switch pitcher? Righty says he can pitch 'em lefty, too. Now pitching for Boston, Harris-Harris. For the time being he's just plain Greg Harris

Ranger Redux: A Football Helps Ex-LBCC Pitcher Bounce Back in Texas
LA Times, July 17, 1986 | Paul McLeod
The football is part of a workout program that has helped resurrect Harris' career.

Greg Harris - Assistant Coach, Cypress College, CA

Greg Harris (pitcher, born 1955) - Wikipedia

Greg Harris -

Career statistics from Baseball-Reference

Ambidextrous Harris Gives Special Glove To Baseball Hall Of Fame

October 15, 1995 The Seattle Times
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Montreal Expo pitcher Greg A. Harris, who became the first hurler to pitch both right-handed and left-handed in the same game in 107 years, gave the specially-designed six-finger glove that he wore to accomplish the feat to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum last week.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Throwing a Hockey Puck to Master the Change-up

"The Change-up is hand in hand the most important pitch equal to the fastball."
- Fred Corral, College Pitching Coach

This is a series of little drills you can utilize to master the change-up. Hopefully this clip will assist you with the understanding of why the ball is slower and to also give ideas to how to simplify that process. 

The key to the change-up is simplicity and trust. Simplify it by throwing the back-inside, trust it by not overthinking it. The Change-up is hand in hand the most important pitch equal to the fastball.
Hope this clip helps - Enjoy! - Fred Corral

Fred Corral - Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach, Memphis Tigers


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Paul Green - Ambidextrous Pitcher and Pulitzer Prize Winner

Paul Eliot Green
Paul Eliot Green
17 March 1894 - 4 May 1981
Harnett County, North Carolina
Buie's Creek Academy, Class of 1914

Colleges: University of North Carolina, Cornell

Positions: LHP/RHP (ambidextrous pitcher)

Paul Green, Harnett County’s Native Son, was a powerful pitcher – AND he could pitch with either hand and DID, without declaring which one – back in the good old days of baseball!

How Paul Green started switch pitching - 
"When he was 10, he got osteomyelitis in his right arm and had to have a serious operation at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, another terrifying experience. But he showed a typical Paul Green resilience and determination when, during his convalescence, he learned to pitch ball with his left arm, a talent that brought him money later in life as an ambidextrous sandlot league pitcher. (It was still legal in those days to disguise which hand the ball was to emerge from.") -- from A Daughter's Biography of Paul Green

"In addition to working the farm, Paul and [brother] Hugh hunted together and played semiprofessional baseball in towns up and down the river. Paul became such a fine ambidextrous pitcher that he supported himself a couple of summers with his baseball earnings." -- from A Southern Life: Letters of Paul Green, 1916-1981 (Laurence Avery, editor).

Green's switch pitching strategy - 
According to teammate Daniel Stewart, Green usually pitched right-handed to right-handed batters and left-handed to lefties, but occasionally changed hands while pitching to the same batter. Stewart played baseball several summers with Green and thought him the only one of his acquaintances with major league potential.


Author Paul Green (1894-1981) was one of the South’s most revered writers, and one of America’s most distinguished. The first playwright from the South to gain national and international recognition, he was part of that remarkable generation of writers who first brought southern writing to the attention of the world. Read More

Paul Green Wins Pulitzer
The Pulitzer Prize for drama was awarded to Harnett native Paul Green in 1927 for his work In Abraham's Bosom.

Paul Green was born and raised in Harnett County near Buie's Creek. In his early years, he gained notoriety in the area as an outstanding, ambidextrous baseball pitcher. Following graduation from Buie's Creek Academy in 1914, Green attended the University of North Carolina before being called away to serve in the 30th Division during World War I. Upon his return from service, Green did graduate work in philosophy at both the University of North Carolina (UNC) and Cornell, before returning to UNC as an assistant professor of philosophy.


Harnett County:: A History

 By John Hairr


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Interview with switch pitcher Aubrey McCarty

Lefty? Righty? Aubrey McCarty pitches with BOTH hands!

Watch an interview with Aubrey McCarty - a switch pitcher from Georgia, who signed to play for Vanderbilt. McCarty pitched for the Home Plate Chilidogs in the World Wood Bat tournament in Jupiter, Florida. 

He tells Daron Sutton how he got started as an ambidextrous pitcher and a switch hitter. McCarty throws in the mid to upper 80's from both sides.

McCarty also talks about his two Mizuno ambidextrous gloves used for switch pitching. Mizuno USA is based in Norcross, Georgia -- McCarty's home state.
Contact Mizuno by phone or email )

Watch the video >>


Aubrey McCarty started throwing both ways when he was 11 years old.

Learn more about Aubrey McCarty >>


Switch pitchers mentioned: Tyler Hopman, Henry Knight, and Gage Shell

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Shozo Yoshinari, Ambidextrous Pitcher from Japan, 1966

Shozo Yoshinari
Born: 1946, Japan
High School: Akita High School
Team: Tokyo Giants

Height/Weight: 5' 11", 175 lbs.
Bats: Right
Throws: Both (ambidextrous)
Positions: RHP/LHP
Pitches: Fastball, Curve, Slider -- with both hands

In 1966, Shozo Yoshinari, a was young Japanese pitcher who could throw from either side. He worked out with the Giants' Fresno team in the California League. He pitched in the minors briefly, but never made the majors.
"I saw him pitch his Akita High School team to the Japanese National Championships, winning three games in three starts in the national tournament finals in 1964," scout Cappy Harada said.
"He pitched all three of those games right handed. I saw him again that same year, pitching left handed in an exhibition game for the Tokyo Giants."
Harada said that Yoshinari has excellent control, keeps the ball low and throws good curves and sliders -- with either hand. (Arizona Republic, 1966)

Found on

New Giant Hurler Throws Both Ways
Herald-Journal, March 26, 1966

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) --
The New York Giants have come up with a baseball phenomenon -- a switch-pitcher. 

He is Shozo Yoshinari, a young Japanese player who can throw from either side. He is working out with the Giants' Fresno team in the California League.

"I started out a a natural left-hander," Yoshinari explained through an interpreter (he doesn't speak English). "I pitched both ways in high school. Now I pitch mostly right-handed."

"I throw harder right-handed, but my curve ball is better from the left side."

Two Pitchers in One
The Virgin Island Daily News, March 29, 1966

It had to happen sometime, and the result may be a "complete" pitcher -- one who is effective with both right and left arms.

The San Francisco Giants, who consider Japan a promising area for talent, have reached across the Pacific and snared Shozo Yoshinari, a 20-year old six-footer who has starred (ambidextrously) with the Tokyo Giants.

If the young man proves himself a big-leaguer with either arm, he'll make switch-hitters weep, confound base runners -- and perhaps his own catcher. There's nothing in the rule book whitch says a pitcher can't operate from either side.

Yoshinari is reportedly more effective as a right-hander than a lefty, and baseball authorities think he'd be wise to abandon portside throwing.

We hope he doesn't. The game needs innovations, and a two-way pitcher certainly would be one.

Both Arms Fail to Make the Grade
Herald-Journal, April 1, 1966

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) --
Shozo Yoshinari, the ambidextrous pitcher from Japan, has failed to show enough ability with either arm to impress the San Francisco Giants.

Jack Schwarz, administrative secretary of the farm system, said Thursday that Yahinari will be released.

"We don't think that he can help us," Schwarz said.

Read article

Guilds Open 21st Season
Lodi News-Sentinel, April 5, 1966

Tony Zupo, the field boss of the Guilds since they were organized in 1946, plans to use ambidextrous Shozo Yoshinari from Japan and Guild veteran Butch McCormack on the mound against Vacaville.

The 20 year old Yoshinari, after being cut loose by the San Francisco Giants organization last month, came to Lodi through the efforts of Cappy Harada, the general manager of the California League Lodi Crushers.

New Giant Hurler Throws Both Ways .

Shozo Yoshinari -

1966 Lodi Crushers -

Thursday, February 7, 2013

High School Ambidextrous Pitchers 2013

List of High School Switch Pitchers >>

Over the past decade, there have been a handful of players who pitched with both arms in high school baseball games. Most of these ambidextrous high school pitchers started throwing with both hands before they started playing Little League baseball. Many of them are also switch hitters.

Class of 2013

Marcus Garcia (2013) - Roseville High School, Roseville, CA
Learn about Marcus Garcia, the senior ambidextrous pitcher for the Roseville High School baseball team. 

As a junior, switch pitcher Marcus Garcia pitched in 11 games – racking up 28 strikeouts in 30.2 innings for the Roseville Tigers

College Commitment: Sierra College, CA


Aubrey McCarty (2013) - Coquitt County High School, Doerun, GA

Aubrey McCarty is a switch hitter and both hand pitcher who can throw up to 89 mph right-handed (Perfect Game). Throws a fastball, curveball and changeup. At 6'3", McCarty also plays the corner infield right-handed. 
In early May, McCarty's pitching record was 9-1, with a 2.74 ERA. He had 47 strikeouts and 37 walks in 53.2 innings pitched (Moultrie Observer). 

College Commitment: Vanderbilt, TN
Drafted in 2013 by the SF Giants


High School Switch Pitchers >>



Monday, February 4, 2013

Rafe Milo - Ambidextrous Pitcher in Japan

Rafe Milo

Nickname: the Hydra, or in Japanese "Orochi."
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Positions: Pitcher, CF, 1B
Bats: Both
Throws: Both (ambidextrous)

Team: Honshu Rounders Baseball Club, Japan
Milo is captain of the Oak Squad.

Rafe Milo is a young switch hitter and ambidextrous pitcher who plays Little League baseball in Tokyo, Japan. His father, Mitchell Milo, is the Head Coach of the Honshu Rounders Baseball Club, and writes a blog about "Coaching a Switch Pitcher."
Rafe Milo pitching right-handed in Japan

As a 13-year-old switch pitcher, Milo throws a 4-seam, 2 seam, & 3- finger fastball; 3-finger change up; palm-ball and knuckleball. That's a large array of pitches to keep hitters off-balance. 

In games, he pitches with one arm – which is a good strategy for a young pitcher. During practice - which can last up to 5 hours - he alternates days throwing right- and left-handed.

How Rafe Milo got started throwing with both arms

"I started my son at soccer when he was five as its a good first sport, and in soccer the key to any future is to have both feet solid. When we began baseball at about 7 I thought I would work him on both sides to build strength in balance and not have one whole side stronger than the other, for that leads to injuries. Yet when I started practicing both sides at hitting and pitching I said to myself, "that's about the same in ability!" I thought I would continue until it became plain that he just couldn't do it .. and here we are 6 years later. "
– Mitch Milo
Switch hitter Rafe Milo at third base
Rafe Milo on Facebook 
This page follows the development of a baseball player who is a switch pitcher and switch hitter who plays in Japan.

Rafe Milo's website - with baseball stats

Rafe Milo - Profile

Coaching a Switch Pitcher - Blog by Mitch Milo