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, MLB.com | 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.

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