Sunday, March 31, 2013

Shinnosuke Yagi - Ambidextrous Pitcher from Japan

Shinnosuke Yagi
Shinnosuke Yagi

Merced College, Merced, CA (Freshman)

Position: Pitcher / OF
Height: 6'0", 190 lb
Bats: Both
Throws: Both (ambidextrous)
Dominant arm: Left

Shinnosuke Yagi is an ambidextrous pitcher and switch hitter, from Japan, who attends Merced College in California. Yagi recently signed to play for the Atwater Aviators in the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League.

Aviators Sign Ambidextrous Pitcher from Japan
March 13, 2013

Aviators Sign Shinnosuke Yagi - Japan for 2013 Summer Season

The Aviators announce the signing of pitcher Shinnosuke Yagi, He currently attends Merced College and is from Japan. A unique talent Shinnosuke can throw left handed and right handed, which will be a pleasure to watch him perform on the mound. In addition to throwing he is also a switch hitter. His presence will add another left/right handed arm out of the bullpen for the Aviators this summer.

Source: Atwater Aviators

Merced College - Blue Devil Baseball

Yagi is not listed on the roster


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Edward Phillips - Ambidextrous Pitcher

Edward Paul Phillips (Eddie)

Charles Page High School 2010
Sand Springs,  Oklahoma
Eddie Phillips pitching right-handed
near Tulsa

Positions: First Base, Third Base, OF, Pitcher
Height/Weight: 6'2", 180 lb
Bats: Both (Switch Hitter)

Throws: Both (Ambidextrous)
Dominant arm: Right

Edward Phillips is an ambidextrous pitcher and switch hitter, who was among the team leaders in batting average and on base percentage for Charles Page HS. 0.500 BA, 0.625 OBP

Phillips states that he threw at least one no-hitter every year. He shutout Sapulpa by switch pitching innings 1-3-5 right-handed and 2-4-6 left-handed. 

6-4 Record, 2 saves, 3.21 ERA over 49 innings pitched for the Page Sandites.

Edward Paul Phillips - beRecruited

Eddie Phillips, Page HS 2010 - Max Preps


High School Ambidextrous Pitchers


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Switch Pitching Videos

Ambidextrous pitchers from Little League, high school, college and the minor league.

Listen to interviews with NY Yankees switch pitcher Pat Venditte, 
and 90 mph ambidextrous pitcher Ryan Perez

10 yr old ambidextrous softball pitcher - Allicitie Frost, Albany Oregon


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

How many warmup pitches does a switch pitcher get?

Steve Butz's coach has had a running argument with umpires about how many warmup pitches he should get when he changes sides. The young either-hander now is looking for a glove he can turn inside out so he can switch sides at will. (The Milwaukee Journal - Jan 28, 1986)
The Milwaukee Journal - Jan 28, 1986

According the the rulebook, a switch pitcher gets the same number of warmup throws as a regular pitcher (8 throws), which makes getting ready to pitch a bit of a challenge. Some ambidextrous pitchers throw four pitches from each side, for eight total throws, during the first appearance on the mound. If they switch throwing arms within a inning, they do not get additional throws. This means that they often start off an inning pitching with their non-dominant arm, then switch to the dominant hand, if needed, in relief. 

How many warmup pitches are allowed?
Learn the rules


Thursday, March 21, 2013

OBP - On-Base Percentage

On-base percentage  is a measure of how often a batter reaches base for any reason other than a fielding error, fielder's choice, dropped/uncaught third strike, fielder's obstruction, or catcher's interference.

OBP is basically measuring the amount of times a hitter does not make an out. 

On-base percentage is calculated using this formula:

On Base Percentage Calculator | OBP Calculator

On-base percentage - Wikipedia

By Matt Snyder, Sept 16 2012 |

"Unlike batting average, on-base percentage doesn't ignore working the count to earn a walk, stepping into an inside pitch or being such a terrifying hitter that one gets pitched around and/or intentionally walked often. There are four players with more than 2,000 career walks: Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. And we're supposed to ignore that and concentrate on batting average? In its purest form, OBP is basically measuring the amount of times a hitter does not make an out. With only 27 precious outs in a regulation game, this stat is paramount. That this isn't mainstreamed as more important than batting average makes very little sense to me."

Pat Venditte News 2013

Pat Venditte pitcher for Italia
(Photo by MG-Oldmanagency / FIBS)
Pat Venditte, Jr. - Switch PItcher

2013 Trenton Thunder, Trenton, NJ
Class AA, Affiliation: New York Yankees-AL

2012 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
Class AAA, Affiliation: New York Yankees-AL

Pat Venditte (PatVenditte) on Twitter

Trenton finishes sweep of Harrisburg Senators in Eastern League Championship Series
by Geoff Morrow, Sept 12, 2013

Trenton would not be denied, becoming the first Eastern League team since 1991 to win all six of its playoff games, finishing a three-game sweep of the Harrisburg Senators with an 11-4 victoryto claim its third franchise title.

Trailing 7-1 into the sixth, the Senators had a chance to really get back into it. Jeff Howell's two-run single made it 7-3, and Harrisburg had runners on second and third with one out. That's when reliever Pat Venditte entered and stranded both with a shallow flyout and a strikeout.

Double-Barreled Action
by Howard Megdal, Aug 30, 2013

TRENTON, N.J. -- Pat Venditte, successful right-handed and left-handed pitcher for the Double-A Trenton Thunder, presents a significant matchup problem for any opposing manager in the late innings of a game.

His lefty hitters face a difficult sidearming lefty who throws in the mid-80s, featuring a fastball/slider combo. His righty hitters need to hit a versatile righty who's begun dropping down more, throwing a fastball up around 90 miles per hour, paired with a slider. Both versions of Venditte have begun mixing in a changeup as well.
But if he confounds opposing managers, Venditte's own pitching coach in Trenton, Tommy Phelps, has a much easier solution to instructing the switch-pitcher. He just treats coaching Venditte like coaching two separate pitchers.

Trenton welcome back "switch pitcher" Pat Venditte
By John Nalbone, Aug 13, 2013

Venditte, 28, had put himself on a track to be considered for the Yankees bullpen in 2012 with a 2.35 career ERA and an even more impressive WHIP of 1.051 over his first 180 minor league games, including stints with the Thunder (64-57) in late 2010 and 2011.

The novelty of Venditte being able to throw both left- and right-hander had begun to fade as his ability to get big outs in tough spots became more commonplace.

Prior to the surgery from the right side, Venditte was clocked at 94 mph. From the left side, Venditte comes more side-arm with a slider and a low-velocity fastball in the 85-87 mph range at his disposal.

In 2013, Venditte dropped down to a sidearm angle throwing right-handed.

Pat Venditte shows off his Mizuno Ambidextrous Glove

MLR Episode 56 – Being a Batboy is Hard

by SEUBS on SEPTEMBER 9, 2013

Sam, who is an adult, finds himself as a bat boy for the playoffs and takes in an in-depth look at what it’s like to face switch pitcher Pat Venditte. The Venditte rule is back in full effect. Listen to the Podcast

Thunder: Switch pitcher Venditte returns to Trenton
By Nick Peruffo Aug 14, 2013

TRENTON — Manager Tony Franklin will have a little more versatility when he looks down to the bullpen for the Thunder’s playoff push.
Pat Venditte — the notorious switch-pitcher who spent time in Trenton in 2010 and 2011 — is back with the club as he continues to rehab from the right labrum tear that cut short his 2012 campaign.
Venditte said before Tuesday’s game against the Harrisburg Senators that, while his right arm isn’t completely healthy, he is feeling confident with his progress.

Right arm's fine; Venditte ready for switch
By Rob White / World-Hearld 

Pat Venditte's next step in his recovery from right shoulder surgery comes Saturday.
The ambidextrous pitcher, a former Creighton standout from Omaha Central, is scheduled to pitch right-handed in an official game for the second time for the Yankees' rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate.
He said the right arm feels good again after surgery to repair the labrum, a type of cartilage in the shoulder.
He said he “let it go” on Tuesday in his first right-handed outing. “My velocity has come back to where it was before the surgery.”

Switch pitcher Venditte can't cool Cano at World Baseball Classic
By Stan McNeal, Sporting News - Mar 12, 2013

On the official score sheet for Tuesday’s game, Venditte was listed as a right-hander. But if you saw him working against the Dominican Republic, you saw him pitching as a left-hander. In fact, that’s why he was facing lefty-hitting Robinson Cano with Italy trying to hold a 4-2 lead with one out in the seventh inning.
“He throws harder from the right side but he is nasty from the lefty side,” Italy manager Marco Mazzieri said. 

Prospect Venditte proud to compete for Italy
By William Boor /
In 27 years of life, Pat Venditte has only been to Italy once. In fact, the pitcher only speaks a bit of Italian, but that does not mean he isn't dedicated and committed to playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic.
"It's a big deal to me," Venditte said. "I became an Italian citizen for this, and it's something I really looked forward to doing."
The Yankees' prospect is a natural right-hander, but he hurt himself last year. Venditte had surgery to repair a torn labrum on June 20 and will work with a catcher on flat ground for the first time on Tuesday.
Venditte hopes to be back to full speed and pitching with both arms by the middle of June, but he will have to pitch strictly left-handed for Italy.
 Italian National Baseball Team

WBC: 'Play Ball!' in any language
by Jim Caple |

Italy also has an ambidextrous pitcher who grew up in that most famed of Neapolitan cities -- Omaha, Neb. -- and who obtained his WBC eligibility by studiously documenting his lineage back to an Italian great-grandfather through birth, marriage and death certificates.
"The spelling of the family name has changed about three different times," New York Yankeesprospect Pat Venditte says. "It started with an 'o' at the end. Then it went to an 'i' and now we use an 'e.'"

Former Bluejay Venditte to Play in World Baseball Classic for Italy

OMAHA, Neb. - Former Bluejay Pat Venditte (2005-08) was officially added to the World Baseball Classic (WBC) roster for Team Italy on Thursday, Feb. 21.

A member of the New York Yankee organization, Venditte is best known for his ability to pitch with either arm.  Venditte is expected to pitch exclusively as a left-hander in the WBC as he continues to recover from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right arm, suffered last season.
Read more

Venditte will play in WBC
by Mike Axisa, River Avenue Blues, Feb 21, 2013
Infielder Walt Ibarra (Mexico) and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte (Italy) will also play in the tournament according to Wally Matthews. Guess this means Venditte’s right shoulder is healthy following labrum surgery. 

Will We See Pat Venditte in the Bronx this Year?
by Hunter Farman, Yanks Go Yard, Jan 31, 2013

It is not very often that a pitcher who can throw with both arms comes around. Luckily, the Yankees have this player in their system. He is Pat Venditte, and he could possibly impact the major league club at some point this season.

Venditte has been in the Yankees’ system since they drafted him in the 45th round of the 2007 draft. Since then, he has spent time at nearly every level in the minor leagues. Better yet, he has had success pitching at every level. Venditte spent the 2012 season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, pitching in seven games and putting up some good numbers. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn labrum early on – thus ending his season.
Read more

Venditte out until mid-2013 following shoulder surgery

by Mike Axisa

Via Jim Callis, switch-pitcher Pat Venditte will be out until the middle of next season after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. We first heard about the tear back in late-May, but at the time he was still deciding between rehab and surgery.

The Greedy Pinstripes: Pat Venditte To Miss At Least Half Of 2013

Sep 25, 2012 – Yankees switch pitcher Pat Venditte, 27, will miss at least half of the2013 season with a torn labrum surgery in his right shoulder.

Social Media

Pat Venditte (PatVenditte) on Twitter


Monday, March 18, 2013

Owen Keenan - Ambidextrous Pitcher 1885

Owen Keenan
Youngstown Ohio

Position: Pitcher
Threw: Both (ambidextrous)

Profession: Musician in Pittsburgh

Owen Keenan Minor League Statistics & History

Pitched with Either Arm
But these Ambidextrous Hurlers Never Lasted Long.
NY Times, March 14, 1915

Followers of baseball have often heard of the fellow who could pitch a fast ball with either hand and make it curve also, but very few have seen one of the pitching freaks. Baseball history tells of a chap named Owen Keenan, who pitched for Youngstown, Ohio, in 1885. Keenan could pitch equally well with either arm. On the 4th of July of that season this wonder pitched two games of ball against New Castle and beat that team in both contests. He worked his left arm in the first game and used his right wing in the second contest, with the odds slightly in favor of the right whip.

The famous Larry Corcoran of the Chicago team in the early '80s was one of the great hurlers of the period.

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Odgen Standard, 20 March1915

Ambidextrous Pitcher

It is the general opinion that no pitcher can ever throw both right and left handed with
equal skill. Back in the 80s when Jim McAller and Ed McKean were playing with Youngstown, in the Iron and Oil League, an ambidextrous pitcher by the name of Keenan played on the same team. This man could work equally well with right or left. On July 4, 1885, McAleer says he pitched two games against New Castle, twirling the morning game with his right and the afternoon performance with his left hand, winning both games.

Read the article


Ambidextrous Pitcher Downed Nocks Twice

Pitched Right Handed First, Left Handed Second

New Castle Herald (New Castle, Pennsylvania), 22 Jul 1908

The Enquirer recently stated that no pitcher was ever equally throwing both right and left-handed. A. J. Thoma, calls attention to Tony Mullane as an ambidextrous artist. Mullane could throw fairly well left-handed , and occasionally pitched a ball or two that way, but more in fun than anything else. He never attempted to pitch left handed at serious moments.

Mr. McGowan, however, remembers a real ambidextrous pitcher, who was with Youngstown, in the old Iron and Oil league, back in 1884 and 1885, when Jim McAleer and Ed McKean were playing there. His name was Owen Keenan and he worked equally well with either hand. It is a matter of record that on July 4, 1885, he pitched two games against New Castle, pitching right-handed in the morning and left-handed in the afternoon, and winning both games. Keenan died recently in Pittsburg. – Cincinnati Enquirer.

Read the article

Two days later - 
A Second Life for a switch pitcher...

Ambidextrous Pitcher Yet Alive and Well

New Castle Herald (New Castle, Pennsylvania), 24 Jul 1908

Owen Keenan, the ambidextrous pitcher who, July 4th 1995, twice defeated the Nocks by pitching right handed in the morning and left handed in the afternoon for a Youngstown team, is yet living and well. He is located in Pittsburg, where he is a musician of considerable note.

He is a cousin of John, Joseph and Thomas Martin of the Sixth ared, well known glass workers who were themselves exceedingly clever ball players in days when some of the players of today were peeping through the knot holes. The report of the ambidextrous pitcher's death was evidently wrong, as his cousins here can testify.

Read the article

Takeaway: You can't always trust what you read.

Don Mattingly is Ambidextrous

Donald Arthur Mattingly (Donnie Baseball)

Born: April 20, 1961, in Evansville, Indiana

MLB Team: New York Yankees
Manager: Dodgers

Positions: First Baseman and Outfielder
Height/Weight: 6'0", 175 lb.
Bats: Left
Throws: Both, Left-hand dominant
played pro baseball left-handed

When Don Mattingly was playing youth baseball, he could throw with either arm. A natural left-hander, he played third base in American Legion ball when he was 15 years old and claims that he was good. Mattingly became an All-Star first baseman for the New York Yankees.

One of Mattingly's considerable natural athletic talents was his ambidexterity. Back in Little League, he switch-pitched on occasion, going three innings righthanded and three innings lefthanded. And in Legion ball, Sexton had Mattingly—who then as now threw and hit lefthanded—play second base in the conventional righthanded manner. 
(SI Vault)

"Drafted in the 19th round by the Yankees in 1979, the ambidextrous Mattingly told his biographer, Mike Shalin, that one of his first managers in the minors was keen on moving him to second base because of concerns about his hitting.

In 14 seasons, all with the Yankees, Mattingly earned six All-Star selections, the 1984 American League batting title and the 1985 A.L. Most Valuable Player award. He played his last game in 1995 and retired with a .307 career average." (NY Times)

Who's on Third? It may be Mattingly
The Telegraph - Aug 30, 1986

Who's on Third?

No matter that he's left-handed, it could be Don Mattingly, an All-Star first baseman, playing third base for the New York Yankees in Saturday night's doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners.

Mike Pagliarulo, the regular third baseman, has been hampered by a hamstring pull and it's questionable whether he'll be ready.

"If Pags can't play Saturday," Yankees Manager Lou Piniella said after Thursday night's 4-2 victory over Seattle, "Mattingly's going to play third base."

Left-handed throwing third basemen are a rarity in the major leagues. Mike Squires, who played 13 games for the Chicago White Sox in 1984, was the last lefty to play third.

Mattingly, who learned of Piniella's plan before Thursday night's game, took some infield practice at shortstop.

Mattingly, a .338 hitter this season and last year's most valuable player in the American League, seemed to like the idea of the switch.

Although he's ambidextrous, Mattingly said he wouldn't attempt to throw right-handed and would borrow a fielder's mitt.

"I can still throw right-handed," he said, "but I don't know where it's going anymore."

The last time Mattingly played third baseman was in American Legion ball in his hometown of Evansville, Ind.

Read More

Don Mattingly Bio - SABR

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Dodger Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is Ambidextrous

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu was the best pitcher in Korea, now he is pitching with the Dodgers. He's a natural righty, who learned to pitch with his left-hand when he was young.

Greinke, Ryu get first spring look at hitters
By Ken Gurnick, | Feb 19, 2013

Ryu has done pretty well as a dominant lefty, especially considering he's a natural right-hander who learned to throw with his left hand because the first glove he ever received, from his rugby-playing father, was a left-hander's glove.
"He said it would be an advantage to be left-handed," Ryu said.
Manager Don Mattingly, who is similarly ambidextrous, said that the closest comparison he has found for Ryu is a young David Wells -- not only by size but also pitch style, as Wells augmented an outstanding changeup with a fastball legitimate enough to keep hitters honest.


Ambidextrous pitchers - California

Switch pitchers - California

Mitchell Beacom, University City HS 2008 San Diego, California 
College: LHP for UCLA 2011
MLB: Drafted by SF Giants in the 20th round (#627 overall) in 2011

Greg Harris, Los Alamitos HS, Los Alamitos, California
RHP for Long Beach City College - 1976 California community college co-player of the year. Signed with the New York Mets in September, 1976.   

Greg Harris is best known for having pitched using both arms in a single major league game for the Montreal Expos in 1995. Read more

Bijan Rademacher, Orange Coast College, California

LHP drafted by Cubs in the 13th round (#404 overall) in 2012

Mark Kinoshita, Gilroy HS 2014, Gilroy, California
Uses a custom Mizuno ambidextrous glove

Alexander Trautner, San Ramon Valley HS 2014, Danville, California
Fields firstbase left-handed, and catches right-handed. LHP 83; RHP 87 mph. 

Marcus GarciaRoseville HS 2013, Roseville, California
Garcia is a 6'2" switch pitcher who plays for the Roseville Tigers.

Bijan D RademacherCanyon HS 2010, California
College: Orange Coast College, OF/LHP
MLB: Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2012

Little League

Aiden McNasby, Roseville, California
In 2011, 8-year-old Little League switch pitcher Aiden McNasby was featured in a KCRA 3 News Story

High school ambidextrous pitchers from the state of California

Complete list of Switch Pitchers >>