Thursday, June 30, 2016

Top High School Switch Pitchers 2016

Henry Knight switch pitcher
Henry Knight throws 6 pitches for strikes from both sides

Switch Pitchers - Class of 2016


Over the past decade, there have been a few players who pitched with both arms in high school baseball games. Switch pitchers are extremely rare, since it takes coordination, dedication and a lot of practice. 

Most of these ambidextrous pitchers were inspired by major league switch pitcher Pat Venditte who now plays for Toronto.

Check out the list of ambidextrous high school baseball players from the class of 2016. Two switch pitchers have already signed to play for Division 1 baseball teams.

Committed:

Carter Kieboom, Walton HS, Marietta, Georgia
Kieboom is a tall thin infielder who has the ability to pitch with both arms and bats right-handed. He throws 86 mph RHP, and 80 mph LHP. His older brothers played college baseball, and one was drafted as a catcher by the Nationals. 


2016 MLB Draft: #28 pick in the first round by the Washington Nationals

College commitment: Clemson University - Tigers


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Joe Santoro, Carmel Catholic HS 2016, Illinois
Joe Santoro is a rare talent, as he is a smooth pitcher who can throw with either arm, similar to Ryan Perez, who pitched at Westminster Christian HS. Santoro bats left-handed and plays outfield left-handed. FB: 86-87 (source: Prep Baseball Report
College commitment: Army  

Army West Point Black Knights

The Army West Point Black Knights, commonly known as Army, is the name of the athletics teams of the United States Military Academy.

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Uncommitted Players:

Nick BohannanFort Zumwalt North HS, O'Fallon, Missouri

Bohannan was featured on TV in 2011 as a 13-year-old Ambidextrous Pitcher. He plays basketball and baseball in high school. For switch pitching, he uses a custom Mizuno ambidextrous glove. Check out Nick Bohannan's profile.
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Brock Mammoser, Newton Community HS, Newton, Illinois
A rare 4-sport athlete in high school, Mammoser participates in football, basketball, track and baseball for the Newton Eagles. He's a quarterback, point guard, pole vaulter and switch pitcher! Mammoser scored over 1,000 points playing basketball at Newton.

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JT McDonnellSan Marino HS, California

McDonnell was featured in a TV report as a right-hander who started throwing left-handed when he was 9 years old. JT throws a good curve ball from both sides. Uses a custom 6-finger Mizuno glove for switch pitching.

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How rare are ambidextrous pitchers?

Chances of a switch pitcher playing in college >>

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