Friday, February 27, 2015

Aubrey McCarty News

Recent news about ambidextrous pitcher Aubrey McCarty from Georgia. 

Entering his senior season in HS, McCarty received 15 offers to play college baseball. McCarty signed to play baseball at Vanderbilt in 2014. Following his senior year, he was drafted by the Giants, but decided to attend Vanderbilt University (Vandy) in the fall.

In the summer he plays for the Waynesboro Generals in the collegiate league.

Five Questions: Aubrey McCarty 
The News Virginian, 9 July 2015
By Brian Carlton

It started when he was a kid, growing up in Georgia. Aubrey McCarty is naturally left-handed, but his father, who worked in a rodeo, did things with his right hand. So when he showed Aubrey how to be a calf-roper and other tricks of the trade, it was all done using the boy’s non-dominant hand. As he grew up and got involved in baseball, McCarty just started playing around and throwing from both sides as a pitcher. Soon, he was striking out batters from both the left and right side, earning a place on the Vanderbilt Commodores team this year as a freshman. 

2015 Season

Carson Fulmer rocked, Vanderbilt falls to Texas A&M

Adam Sparks, May 21, 2015

HOOVER, Ala. – Texas A&M made Vanderbilt’s Carson Fulmer, arguably college baseball’s best pitcher, look mortal in the SEC Tournament Thursday.

The SEC Pitcher of the Year gave up a career-high three home runs to the Aggies en route to a 6-1 loss.

Two Vanderbilt freshmen — former Riverdale standout Collin Snider and Aubrey McCarty — combined to toss four shutout innings of relief, but the early damage was already done against the SEC’s ace.

No. 6 Vandy powers past Baseball Wildcats

May 1, 2015 |
A consensus preseason All-America selection, Fulmer (9-1) cruised into the seventh inning, exiting with a five-run lead. Fulmer tossed 6.2 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs, issuing three walks and striking out six. Freshman righty Kyle Wright took over with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning, getting a strikeout to escape the jam. Collin Snider and switch pitcher Aubrey McCarty also worked in relief.

McCarty makes debut on the mound for Vandy (27 Feb 2015)

Vanderbilt blasts Illinois State
Jesse Johnson |

Freshmen Joey Abraham, Collin Snider and Aubrey McCarty worked the final three innings on the mound, surrendering just one hit while striking out five Redbirds. Illinois State scored its lone run in the ninth off of McCarty, one of the few ambidextrous and two-way players in college baseball.
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Aubrey McCarty (AubreyMcCarty55) on Twitter

Switching up the status quo

Max Herz,

Vanderbilt’s fourth switch-hitter is redshirt freshman Aubrey McCarty, who came into Vanderbilt as a dual threat hitter and a dual threat pitcher. Despite this unique ability, McCarty did not play in a game in 2014 and has turned his attention away from switch-pitching towards the bat rack for 2015. He will likely figure into a deep Commodore bench this season.

2014 Season

Katie Walden - writes:

McCarty may have some ways to go before seeing game action, but his versatility as a player has not gone unnoticed.

As Corbin put it, “How unique of a baseball player is he? He throws left-handed, he throws right-handed. He hits left-handed, he hits right-handed. You don’t see those guys every day.”

Aubrey McCarty
Call him Dr. Strangeglove

InsideVandy: Baseball, Feb 19, 2014
On the Vanderbilt baseball roster, Aubrey McCarty’s name is about as conspicuous as a stray cat in the outfield.  

In the roster’s bats-throws column, most players have some combination of right and left, depending on which side of the plate they hit from and which arm they use when throwing. The two position players who hit from both sides of the plate are listed as switch-right. 

That leaves McCarty, listed as switch-switch. No need to blame an intern for a lack of baseball knowledge, because it’s not an oversight. Aubrey McCarty is a two-way player who hits from both sides of the plate and pitches with both arms.

2013 MLB Draft

Aubrey McCarty is an MLB Prospect who was projected to go in the top 300 players selected in the 2013 MLB Player Draft.
MLB Prospect Guide

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The Pitcher's Options

By: Rashad Davis
Currently, Aubrey can pitch 92 mph with his right hand and 85 mph with his left hand.  He also has a large repertoire of pitches that includes a curveball, a changeup, and a cutter. McCarty's unique talent has not gone unnoticed; as it has landed him a full scholarship with the University of Vanderbilt. Not just a switch pitcher, he is also a switch hitter with an impressive batting average of .331. Aubrey McCarty talents even impressed pro scouts and led to the San Fransico Giants drafting him in the 35th round during the MLB 2013 Draft. 
Aubrey McCarty was grateful for the opportunity; however he decided to keep his commitment with the University of Vanderbilt.  
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Right or left? Former Colquitt Co. star pitcher is ambidextrous

By Merissa Lynn, FOX 5 Sports anchor-reporter 
Aubrey McCarty is an ambidextrous pitcher.  It's not something you see often, but it's true-- he can pitch with both hands.  McCarty tells FOX 5 Sports' Merissa Lynn it all started with his dad, whose choice of sport was very different from his son's.
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2013 Season

Aubrey McCarty Stats as of March 29, 2013

Batting: .545 BA with 8 doubles, 1 HR, 18 RBI
Pitching: 2-2, 4.32 ERA

MLB Prospect Guide: 2013 Draft Prospects
#295 - Aubrey McCarty  1B  HS  Georgia

Colquitt County Pitcher Poses Dual Threat

by Andrew Schnitker |, April 29, 2013

A senior pitcher from Colquitt County has a remarkable talent and a split persona. Aubrey McCarty holds the gift of switch pitching.
“Aubrey is technically two people in one body. A left-handed McCarty and a right-handed McCarty,” Colquitt County head baseball coach Tony Kirkland said.
“I'm naturally left-handed with everything. I eat, write, do everything left-handed. When I first started playing baseball, I played it right-handed. I always played it right-handed,” McCarty said.
In the modern era of baseball, pitchers that can throw from the left and the right are few and far between. Let’s just say you can count them on one hand.

Colquitt’s Ambidextrous Pitcher Headed to Vanderbilt

By Robert Preston, Jr., In the Game | April 2013
A sport is not merely an organized individual or team athletic pursuit. A sport is also defined as an anomaly that gives an organism a special advantage over similar organisms. Aubry McCarty, the Colquitt County Packers senior pitcher/first baseman, is a sport in his chosen sport. McCarty, 18, is one of the rarest types of baseball players - a completely ambidextrous pitcher. He throws equally well from both sides, and he’s been doing so for the last six or seven years. At first glance, one might think McCarty’s talent is nothing more than a gimmick, an oddity he uses to overcome a lack of true baseball talent.
Nothing could be further from the truth.

Lowndes hosts Colquitt with first place on the line
The Valdosta Daily Times, March 29, 2013

VALDOSTA — Today, the top two teams in Region 1-6A will meet on the baseball diamond.

Second-place Colquitt County will make the drive to Winnersville today to face the region-leading Lowndes Vikings in a doubleheader that could end up deciding the region championship.

Aubrey McCarty, a switch-hitting pitcher/first baseman who has signed with Vanderbilt, is batting .545 with eight doubles, one home run and 18 RBIs. Leadoff hitter Mack Hathcock is batting .438 and has a .561 on-base percentage.

McCarty, who is ambidextrous, will start game 1 on the mound. He pitches right-handed to right-handed hitters, then switches his specially-made glove to his other hand and becomes a southpaw when he faces left-handed hitters. He currently has a 2-2 record and a 4.32 earned run average.

Packers split region doubleheader with Tift
Wayne Grandy, The Moultrie Observer, March 23, 2013

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County baseball team avoided a split in its Region 1-AAAAAA doubleheader with Tift County on Friday at Ike Aultman Field with a 7-1 victory in the second game.

With the split, the Packers are now 7-4 overall and 5-1 in the region.

In the first game, Packers starter Aubrey McCarty gave up a three-run home run to Devonair McCray in a five-run Tift County second inning and the Blue Devils cruised to a 10-5 victory.

McCarty pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up 10 runs and 10 hits including three homers. Tift’s Blake Suggs went 4-for-4.

Zach Bullard went the distance to get the win for the Blue Devils, although he gave up 11 hits. Colquitt trailed 10-2 before scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

And while McCarty was hit hard while pitching, he was sound at the plate with three hits, including a double. 

Goforth's monster game helps keep Pack atop standings
The Moultrie Observer, March 16, 2013

Aubrey McCarty gave up just one unearned run in seven innings in win over Valdosta. The ambidextrous one went the distance in Game 1, scattering five hits and stranding nine base runners.  McCarty struck out four and walked two, both in the seventh inning.
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Wildcats begin region play tonight vs. Packers
The Moultrie Observer, March 15, 2013

The Packers’ star player is ambidextrous pitcher Aubrey McCarty, who signed with Vanderbilt in November. McCarty usually pitches right-handed to right-handed batters and left-handed to left-handed batters. At one point last year, McCarty pitched a game right-handed on a Tuesday and another one left-handed on Friday, then after being taken out of the second game (against Valdosta), he went from being a left-handed pitcher to being a right-handed first baseman.

“He’s been starting for three years. He’s a great ballplayer,” Shuman said.

Pack sweeps region doubleheader from Valdosta
The Moultrie Observer, March 15, 2013

MOULTRIE — Valdosta came to Ike Aultman Field on Friday having scored 42 runs in it previous three games, but apparently had not run into a Packer-like pitching.

Aubrey McCarty went the distance in the first game giving up just five hits and one unearned seventh-inning run as Colquitt County won the first game of Friday's Region 1-AAAAAA doubleheader at Ike Aultman Field, 6-1.

In the opener, three of the five Valdosta hits never left in the infield.

McCarty walked only two — both in the seventh inning — and lowered his early-season 7.00 ERA significantly.

He struck out four and left the Wildcats unable to mount a threat until the seventh when a two-out throwing error scored the Wildcats only run.

Packers bang out 24 hits, sweep DH in Brunswick
The Moultrie Observer, March 9, 2013

After having scored just 11 runs in their first three games, the Colquitt County offense was looking for a spark in its Region 1-AAAAAA opening doubleheader at Brunswick on Friday.

And that spark came quickly when Mack Hathcock homered to open the first game.

The Packers went on to bang out 23 more hits in the 14-5, 11-1 sweep of the Pirates.

McCarty struggled in the first game, giving up five earned runs and five hits in five innings.

He issued three walks and all three of those batters scored.

McCarty did strike out nine.

“They were geared up for his fast ball,” Grage said. “And he couldn’t get a feel for his off-speed pitch.”

Packers to play host to Worth in scrimmage tonight
Wayne Grandy, The Moultrie Observer, February 14, 2013

Today, the Packers are expected to start Vanderbilt-signee Aubrey McCarty on the hill. He could go two innings.

McCarty, who will continue his ambidextrous pitching ways this season, was 9-2 last year with a 2.91 ERA.

He is expected to be the starting pitcher for the first game of each of the region doubleheaders.

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update - February 15, 2013
Vanderbilt-signee Aubrey McCarty pitched the first two innings, facing the minimum against a young Worth County team. He walked the leadoff batter in the second, but the runner was gunned down at the plate on a throw from right fielder Daren Kent to catcher Preston Berry in an inning-ending double play. Read more

2012 Season

Colquitt's McCarty signs to play baseball at Vanderbilt 

Wayne Grandy, The Moultrie Observer, November 28, 2012

MOULTRIE — When Colquitt County High pitcher/first baseman Aubrey McCarty took a visit to Vanderbilt, he felt like it was the right place for him to work on a degree and begin his collegiate baseball career.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that Vanderbilt has the reputation of producing outstanding pitchers, including current American League Cy Young Award winner David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and Mike Minor of the Atlanta Braves.

With family, friends and teammates celebrating with him, McCarty signed on Wednesday with Vanderbilt in a ceremony at the high school media center.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, who is a rare ambidextrous pitcher, led the Packers with a 9-2 record and a 2.86 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 58.2 innings last season.

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McCarty pitches Packers over Walnut Grove
Wayne Grandy, The Moultrie Observer, March 2, 2012

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County baseball team’s early-season hitting woes continued on Friday at Ike Aultman Field as the Packers managed three hits in a game against Class AAA Walnut Grove High from Loganville.

Fortunately for the Packers, they manufactured two runs and that was all they would need with Aubrey McCarty on the mound.

McCarty was just a little better than the two pitchers Walnut Grove sent out.

The ambidextrous junior gave up just a lone run in the fifth inning and the Packers took a 2-1 victory.

McCarty raised his record to 2-0 and lowered the 1.75 ERA he took into the game by giving up just two singles and a double. He walked four and struck out eight.

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