Sunday, May 26, 2013

High School Ambidextrous Pitchers 2014

Read some interesting stories about ambidextrous high school baseball players from the Class of 2014.

Zack Santora (2014) - St. Johns High School, MA

Zack Santora taught himself to throw left-handed, in 2013, after he broke his pitching hand. He uses a custom Mizuno ambidextrous glove for switch pitching.

Read more about Zack Santora

Gage Shell (2014) - Eastern Greene Thunderbirds, Bloomfield, Indiana

Sophomore Gage Shell spelled T-Bird starter Zak Eckerle with six-plus innings of relief work. What makes the sophomore hurler so unique is his ability to throw with either hand -- likely making him the first ambidextrous pitcher in Eastern Greene baseball or at least in McConnell's tenure as head coach.
"Gage did a great job tonight," McConnell said. "He pitched with both hands at times tonight. He gave us innings and helped save our bullpen. He really did a great job for us tonight." (source:

College Commitment: Olney Central College


Alexander Trautner (2014) - San Ramon Valley High School, Danville, CA

A 6'3" switch pitcher from Northern California, Alexander Trautner throws a fastball, curveball and change-up from either side. Right-handed he reaches 87 mph and left-handed he throws 83 mph. Trautner pitches for the Danville Hoots Baseball Club.  Trautner fields firstbase left-handed, and behind the plate he is a right-handed catcher.


Alex Urbanek (2014) - Roland-Story High School, Story City, Iowa

Roland-Story sophomore Alex Urbanek can throw the baseball for strikes with either arm. Urbanek has a fastball-curveball-changeup repertoire with both hands. A natural righty, he gets more movement throwing left-handed, but has more velocity right-handed. He uses a tan Easton glove when pitching righty and switches to a black Mizuno glove when throwing lefty. At the plate, he only hits right-handed, since he gave up switch hitting before high school. (source: Ames Tribune)


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  1. AnonymousJune 02, 2013

    Coach Knight,

    Just wanted to let you know as my son Alexander Trautner (2014) begins his all important junior summer travel ball season with the Danville Hoots, he is pitching 85mph RHP, 82 mph LHP. Also saw the nice photograph if your son Henry Knight on this website. This high school season our professional photographer somehow got two photographs of my son merged into one, so it looks like he has a baseball twin throwing with the opposite hand. If you like I can send it to you to evaluate and possibly post. Thanks. I really enjoy your site, but then I am completely biased having an ambidextrous switch-pitcher baseball son.

  2. AnonymousJune 02, 2013

    Forgot to mention, I should have some high quality left-handed footage published on YouTube by summer.

    Mike Trautner

  3. Good luck to Alexander on his summer season. I enjoy receiving photos of switch pitchers and sharing them on the blog. Take lots of pictures this summer and have fun watching your son play ball.

    - Coach Knight