Tuesday, July 30, 2013

How to throw a changeup

The Change Up - Pitching Professor

The most popular change-up today is the okay or circle change for the very reason that it gets good action on the ball when thrown low. 

Pedro Martinez claims that his circle is his most effective pitch.


Jamie Moyer demonstrates the changeup grip 
Watch the video >>

Other than a fastball, I think the changeup is the best pitch in the game of baseball. 
-- Jamie Moyer

As taught to him by Quirk, Moyer holds the ball in an unusual fashion. With the open horseshoe of the ball facing toward first base, he lays his middle, ring and pinkie fingers on top of the ball. Moyer's thumb rests underneath the ball and his pointer finger wraps around the outside of the thumb. The loose grip pulls the rip cord on the pitch.

He throws the change-up with fastball arm speed to deceive the batters.

Read more: Rockies' Jamie Moyer relies on changeup to foil batters - The Denver Post 


Mastering the Change-Up with Fred Corral

Fred Corral, one of the most respected pitching coaches in the country, has been named an assistant coach for the Georgia Bulldogs. (June 2013)

How To Pitch a Changeup - The Complete Pitcher

The change-up is the best pitch in baseball. You don't need curve balls or knuckle balls, if you mix in a good change-up and change speeds on your fastball. The batter will be so confused, his timing will never be the same. 

For a youth pitcher, the change up must be thrown often in order to develop it. However, once perfected it must be used sparingly, at the right time, to fool the hitter. The important component of the changeup is it MUST look like a fastball during the windup and delivery.
-- Stephen Ellis, former Chicago Cubs pitching pro

The key to an effective changeup is deception. A changeup must look like a fastball, but come in slower and lower in the strike zone.


Henry Knight, a high school switch pitcher, throws the circle change from both sides. He throws the changeup hard away or low inside using fastball arm speed. The pitch looks like a fastball to the batter, but it moves 8-10 mph slower and has a late drop – so it throws off a batter's timing.

How to throw a changeup with Tim Collins - LHP for the KC Royals


Sunday, July 28, 2013

How to increase throwing velocity in six weeks

Are you looking to gain 3-5 mph on your fastball?

Here are tips to help you gain throwing velocity.

This 2 minute video highlights several exercises to build strength in the arms, shoulders and back.

Strengthen the decelerator muscles to gain velocity.

Most pitchers focus on strengthening the accelerator muscles by doing presses and pushups, but strong back muscles are very important in throwing velocity. If the arm speeds up, then it also must slow down (decelerate) properly to avoid injury.

Do twice as much work with the decelerator muscles over six weeks and you will see a jump in your throwing velocity.

What muscles slow down the arm?
The main decelerator muscles are the latissimus dorsi (lats), posterior deltoid ( back of the shoulder), the biceps (front of upper arm), trapezius (major back muscles) and rotator cuff muscles. These muscles work together to slow down the arm after release and keep the arm from coming out of the shoulder joint. (source: Coaching Pitchers by Joe McFarland) 

- Set goals and follow a throwing schedule
- Throw hard daily. Throw more - pitch less

- Warmup with exercise bands before throwing
- Throw long-toss using different pitching grips

- Strengthen the decelerator muscles
- Start using a weighted ball training program

- Every pitcher is unique, so develop your own style
- Avoid the standard pitching lessons that mimic mechanics of the pros
- Learn how to breathe correctly 
- Stop distance running - do short sprints - find out why

Saturday, July 27, 2013

What is the miracle pitch?

Mariano Rivera's  Cutter is the Miracle Pitch.

Mariano Rivera's Cutter "The Miracle Pitch" - YouTube

Learn how to throw a cutter like Mariano Rivera >>

The cutter is also know as a cut fastball.


Pat Venditte - Minor League Switch Pitcher

Pat Venditte was drafted twice as an ambidextrous pitcher by the New York Yankees.

Patrick Michael Venditte Jr.

Born: June 30, 1985 in Omaha, NE
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Switch pitcher Pat Venditte plays in the minor league 
High School Team: Omaha Central High School, Nebraska
College: Walk-on pitcher for Creighton University in 2005
MLB: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 20th round in 2008

Positions: RHP / LHP  (Switch Pitcher)
Venditte's custom 6-finger ambidextrous glove
Bats: Right (former switch hitter)
Throws: Both, ambidextrous
    Right hand dominant

Velocity: 92-94 mph RHP; 85-87 mph LHP

College Velocity: 85 mph RHP; 80 mph LHP

Glove: Venditte uses a custom made six-fingered glove. The glove has two thumbs and a wide, pie-shaped pocket. Pat Venditte, Sr. ordered a custom Mizuno glove made in Japan for his son, costing $600!

Pat Venditte is an ambidextrous pitcher in the Yankees minor league organization. Venditte is the famous switch pitcher that everyone hears about in the news. He has excellent control throwing with either arm, and knows how to pitch -- resulting in a low ERA in the minor league.

Venditte typically throws with the hand needed to gain the platoon advantage. 

Venditte's minor league switch pitching led to a new rule for ambidextrous pitchers

How he got started:

Pat Venditte started throwing with both hands at 3-years-old. He was taught by his dad to switch pitch.

Venditte worked very hard to become a switch pitcher. He was home schooled and practiced with his dad up to four times a day. Sometimes he stayed up to midnight playing baseball, in his own lighted batting cage, when he was a young kid.

He does not have overpowering stuff.

Right-handed: throws up to 94 mph, using a fastball, curveball, and occasional changeup.

Left-handed: throws up to 87 mph, using mostly sliders. Pat is a natural right-handed thrower who uses a custom glove that he can switch to either hand when pitching. He throws right-handed to righties and left-handed to lefties.

Players call him Octopus

ESPN feature on Pat Venditte. Called the "Freak" and "Octopus" by players. Now a minor leaguer for the Charleston RiverDogs, he is a New York Yankees prospect. Had 20 saves as a minor leaguer, 77 strikes outs, only 7 walks, and a 1.62 ERA. Watch the ESPN video

Venditte warming up LH and RH before pitching in a game for the Wisconsin Woodchucks.
As the Woodchucks' closer, he had a 4-1 record, 9 saves, a 1.76 ERA, and a .154 opponents' batting average

Pat Venditte's Pro Baseball Career

2014 - Trenton Thunder - AA 
Venditte is listed on the pitching roster for the Trenton Thunder (April 1, 2014)

2013Trenton Thunder - AA 
Venditte was on the DL following shoulder surgery in 2012. After rehab, he returned to pitch for the Trenton Thunder in August 2013.
3.97 ERA in 8 games with a 1-2 record

2012 - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre - AAA 
On the DL - A torn labrum in his right arm put him on the disabled list in early 2012.
2.77 ERA in 7 games with a 1-1 record

2011Trenton Thunder - AA 
Venditte was also a relief pitcher for the Advanced Class-A Tampa Yankees in the Florida State League. Drafted by the NY Yankees in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft out of Creighton University.
3.40 ERA in 51 games with a 3-7 record

Pat Venditte In the News

BBD Interview with Pat Venditte | Bronx Baseball Dailey, April 25, 2012

Pitching for the Wisconsin Woodchucks - using a custom six-finger ambidextrous glove made by Louiville Slugger.

Ambidextrous Creighton pitcher comes at you from all angles 5/31/2007

Pro Switch Pitchers

Greg Harris was the only "switch-pitcher" in major-league baseball's modern era


Tony Mullane - "The Count"

Tony Mullane, Hall of Fame Nominee
Anthony John "Tony" Mullane
Nickames: "Count" and "The Apollo of the Box"
Born: January, 1859 in County Cork, Ireland

Height: 5' 10", Weight: 165 lb.
Positions: RHP / LHP / Utility
Bats: Switch hitter (.243)
Throws: Both

Major League Pitcher from 1881-1894.

Detroit Wolverines (1881)
Louisville Eclipse (1882)
St. Louis Browns (1883)
Toledo Blue Stockings (1884)
Cincinnati Red Stockings/Reds (1886–1893)
Baltimore Orioles (1893–1894)
Cleveland Spiders (1894)

Glove: None
Dominant Hand: Right

Mullane was baseball's first ambidextrous pitcher and a talented ballplayer who played every position in the field except catcher.

July 18, 1882: "Louisville hurler Tony Mullane pitches both right- and lefthanded in an AA game against Baltimore, the first time the feat is performed in the major leagues. Starting in the 4th inning he pitches lefthanded whenever Baltimore's lefty hitters are at bat. In addition to continuing to pitch righthanded to righthanded hitters. It works until the 9th when, with 2 outs, Charlie Householder hits his only HR of the year to beat Mullane 9-8."

The Count won 30 games in five consecutive seasons. He threw a No-hitter on September 11, 1882. His teammates included Cy Young and John McGraw.

His regal manner and meticulously waxed handlebar mustache earned him the nickname "The Count." Mullane was so popular with female fans that the Cincinnati Red Stockings instituted Ladies Day every Monday when he pitched.

How he got started

Mullane suffered an injury to his right arm in a contest (with a throw of 416' 7") and managed to teach himself how to throw left-handed. He resumed throwing right-handed once the injury healed, and he was know to alternate throwing right-handed and left-handed in the same game. Switch pitching was easy for Mulane since he did not wear a glove. He would face the batter with both his hands on the ball, and then use either arm to throw a pitch.

He first pitched with both hands in a regular season game on July 18, 1882, when he pitched for the Louisville Eclipse (later renamed the Louisville Colonels) against the Baltimore Orioles in an American Association game. During that game, Mullane switched to his left hand in the 4th inning but eventually lost the game 9-8.

Mullane reportedly used his ambidextrous abilities on pickoff attempts, with some success.
John McGraw, late manager of the New York Giants, called Mullane the only ambidextrous pitcher in baseball history. And Mullane, who served with the Chicago police force until his retirement in 1924, enjoyed telling how he’d trap men off bases by throwing with either hand. For most of his baseball career he did not wear a glove.
In an 1899 interview with the Washington Post, Mullane said, "I was a ambidextrous pitcher, but as a rule I never called on my left hand unless we were playing an exhibition game or in practice for the amusement of a few friends."


He twice led his league in shutouts, once in strikeouts, and once in winning percentage while regularly pitching over 400 innings. (baseballlibrary.com)

Pitching record: 284–220   Earned run average: 3.05   Strikeouts: 1,803

Mullane switch-hit his way to a .243 batting average in 2,720 at-bats.

Listed #85 in the Top 100 Strikeout Pitchers of All Time
Mullane joined the Chicago Police Force


Umpire for the Northwest league

Chicago Police Officer until retirement 


The First Relief Pitchers by John Thorn

Greg Harris - Major League Switch Pitcher

Greg Allen Harris

Ambidextrous Pitcher in the MLB

Born November 2, 1955 in Lynwood, California
High School: Los Alamitos HS, Los Alamitos, CA
College: Long Beach City College

Positions: RHP / LHP (one inning in the big league)
Bats: Switch hitter

Major League Pitcher for 15 years, from 1981 to 1995.
Pitching record: 74-90   Earned run average: 3.69   Saves: 54

Velocity:  RHP 85-86 mph; LHP 80-81 mph

Teams: New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

Greg Harris's ambidextrous glove in the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Glove: Mizuno designed a custom six-fingered glove Harris could wear on either hand.The ambidextrous glove is similar to Venditte's - with two thumbs and a wide, pie-shaped pocket. In 1995, Harris donated his famous six-fingered glove to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Dominant hand: Right

Greg Harris switch pitched for one inning in the MLB

Harris is best known as the only pitcher in the modern era to pitch with both left and right arms. A natural right-hander, by 1986 Harris could throw well enough left-handed that he felt he could pitch with either hand in a game, but the opportunity did not arise.

Why he started pitching with both arms

Harris began using both hands in 1986 as a member of the Texas Rangers in an effort to save wear and tear on his right arm. He also began throwing batting practice with both arms. Harris pitched for the Rangers from 1985-87.

Harris' unusual ability to pitch with both hands led to some tension between him and the Red Sox, who forbade the ambidextrous hurler from throwing lefty. GM Lou Gorman insisted it would "make a mockery" of the game, leading Harris to grumble, "Boston is so conservative. People are afraid to try anything." In a muted show of defiance, Harris usually chose to wear an ambidextrous glove on the mound. (BaseballLibrary.com)

Harris alternated arms during one game

Harris finally threw left-handed in a regular-season game on September 28, 1995, the next-to-last game of his career, for the Expos. In the ninth inning, Harris retired Reggie Sanders pitching right-handed, then switched to his left hand for the next two hitters, Hal Morris and Ed Taubensee, who both batted lefty. Harris walked Morris but got Taubensee to ground out. He then went back to his right hand to retire Bret Boone to end the inning.

The last pitcher to use both hands in a pro game had been Bert Campaneris, who did so in 1962 while playing for Daytona Beach in the Florida State League. The last pitcher in the Major League to pitch with both his right and left hands was Tony Mullane in 1893. In 1888, Elton "Ice Box" Chamberlain of the Louisville Colonels in the American Association, pitched with both arms in a baseball game.

Harris faced 6,293 batters in his career. He threw left-handed to only two batters.

Harris threw a football to warmup before a game

Ranger pitching coach, Tom House, had Harris throwing a football almost exclusively in his pregame warm-ups.
When he did throw a baseball, Harris, a natural right-hander, alternated throwing right- and left-handed during warm-ups. At the time, Harris had never pitched left-handed in a game, but he claimed he is capable of doing it. 

House said he believes that alternating his pitching arm gives Harris a better idea of the mechanics involved in throwing a variety of pitches. Harris agrees. (latimes.com)

Harris comments on switch pitching:
"It's normal for me in the off-season. I always use both arms," he said. "To me, throwing left-handed saves the right. I used to do it in the minors to give the right arm a break."

Harris states that he used three tests to make sure he could pitch effectively as a lefty:
1. Reach at least 80 mph on the speed gun;
2. Throw a good curveball; and
3. Be able to throw at least 25 out of 30 pitches for strikes.
(Oneonta Star article)


For one inning, left was right
By Doug Miller | MLB.com, Sep 28, 2005

Greg A. Harris is a busy man these days.

Ten years ago today, Harris pitched in the Major Leagues -- with both hands.

The natural right-hander is the last one to do it and the only one in baseball's modern era. He was the first to accomplish the feat in over 100 years.

Harris Pitches with Both Hands
Lakeland Ledger, Sep 29, 1995
Greg Harris became the first player to pitch with both hands in a game in modern major-league history, working a scoreless ninth inning Thursday night for the Montreal Expos in a 9-7 loss to Cincinnati.

Gainesville Sun - Mar 2, 1994

Greg Harris, A Red Sox reliever, would like to be a baseball pioneer

 ‎Toledo Blade - May 24, 1992
A switch pitcher? Righty says he can pitch 'em lefty, too. Now pitching for Boston, Harris-Harris. For the time being he's just plain Greg Harris

Ranger Redux: A Football Helps Ex-LBCC Pitcher Bounce Back in Texas
LA Times, July 17, 1986 | Paul McLeod
The football is part of a workout program that has helped resurrect Harris' career.

Greg Harris - Assistant Coach, Cypress College, CA

Greg Harris (pitcher, born 1955) - Wikipedia

Greg Harris - BaseballLibrary.com

Career statistics from Baseball-Reference

Ambidextrous Harris Gives Special Glove To Baseball Hall Of Fame

October 15, 1995 The Seattle Times
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Montreal Expo pitcher Greg A. Harris, who became the first hurler to pitch both right-handed and left-handed in the same game in 107 years, gave the specially-designed six-finger glove that he wore to accomplish the feat to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum last week.


Drew Vettleson - Switch Pitcher, Drafted by the Rays

In 2010, Vettleson was ranked as the top baseball player in Washington state.
Drew Vettleson was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays out of high school and is playing outfield in the minors.

Drew G. Vettleson

Drew Vettleson
(Harrisburg Senators)
Born: 07/19/1991 (Age 22)
Hometown: Tracyton, Washington

High School: Central Kitsap High School, Washington (Class of 2010)
College: Oregon State University (signed letter of intent to play baseball)

MLB Draft: Selected No. 42 overall by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2010 Major League Draft (signed for $845,000)
Minor League: 2012 Bowling Green Hot Rods, 2013 Charlotte Stone Crabs

Positions: OF, RHP/LHP
Height/Weight: 6' 1", 185 lb.
Bats: Left
Throws: Both, Switch pitcher in high school 
Plays OF right-handed in the minors

2010 Notes - prior to Vettleson signing with the Tampa Bay Rays

Drew Vettleson is an 18-year-old player from Central Kitsap HS in Washington State. He plays for the NW TIMBERJACKS 18U select team. Wears number 24 because Ken Griffey, Jr. is his alltime favorite player.

Glove: Uses two separate gloves for switch pitching.
Until recently, only custom made ambidextrous gloves were available costing over $400.
Drew Vettleson would take two baseball gloves with him out to the mound when he pitched for Central Kitsap High School in Washington. If he was pitching with his left arm, he tossed his left-handed glove to the back of the mound. Pitching as a righty, Vettleson would switch gloves and toss the other to the back of the mound. (source: mlb.com)
Dominant hand: Writes with his right hand

A natural lefty who evolved into a right-hander. Defensively, he plays right-handed, which gives him several options in the field. He is comfortable in center field where he fields right-handed.

Baseball Northwest listed Drew Vettleson as the top player in the state for the 2010 class. He threw two no-hitters and was named first-team All-State by the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association.

How he got started:

Drew's mom is left-handed and his dad is right-handed, and they both played slow-pitch softball. When he was younger, he would pick up either of their gloves and start throwing. So he naturally got experience with both arms at an early age. It kind of stuck with him, which is really cool.


Drew throws a fastball, knuckle curve, and a circle changeup. His fastball from the right side is 90-93 MPH. The curve is in the low 80s and change in the high 70s. When Drew was younger, his dad did not want him to throw a regular curve ball until the arm was more developed, so he learned the knuckle curve. It worked well for Drew, so he has used it ever since. His aim is to get the change to dive away from lefties and into righties.


On the left side, Drew throws the exact same pitches as right-handed. Sometimes he drops down more than three-quarters against left-handed batters. His fastball is about 83-85 MPH, while the change and knuckle curve are both 70-72 MPH.


Drew Vettleson hit .415 with five home runs and 20 RBI in 2009. He was 4-2 with a 1.60 ERA on the mound, striking out 45 in 38 innings. Plus he threw two no-hitters!

Other sports:

Drew also plays basketball because it's a fun sport and popular in Western Washington where there is a lot of rain. Basketball keeps him in shape and helps work other muscles.

Scouts are so interested in Vettleson’s potential, they often came out to watch him play basketball — just to get a better sense of athleticism. (MaxPreps)

Major League Draft

Central Kitsap High School senior Drew Vettleson, who has committed to Oregon State University, was selected No. 42 overall by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2010 Major League Draft.

Features pitching and hitting videos of Drew on the Timberjacks team.

Possessing both elite hitting skills as well as the ability to switch pitch, Drew Vettleson is the rare draft prospect that garners national attention for both flash and substance.

The Central Kitsap outfielder can pitch with both hands, but pro scouts are flocking to see what he can do with a bat.


Matt Brunnig, Harvard University - "Freak"

Matt Brunnig

Hometown: Deland, Florida
High School: Home schooled

College: Harvard University (Class of 2006)
Played for coach Joe Walsh

Positions: RHP / LHP
Bats: Switch hitter
Throws: Both, ambidextrous

Dominant Hand: Matt is a natural right-hander who learned to throw with both arms when he was 6-years-old.

Brunnig was called "Freak" by his Harvard teammates.

His dad was a chiropractor who wanted his son to avoid back problems. The oldest of six children, he was home-schooled by his mother, Sarah, from kindergarten through high school.

How he got started:

A natural right-hander, Brunnig honed his lefty skills at age 6 with help from his father, John, who's a chiropractor. "He didn't want me to overly develop my body muscles on one side,"
Brunnig said.

Worried about his son’s back and the strain that comes with exerting such force with just one arm, John Brunnig insisted that young Matt learn to throw both ways, guaranteeing balance in the development of the muscles on both his right and left sides.

John said he worked on his son's switch-pitching for two reasons: to keep Matt's body in as perfect balance as possible; and because he would be coveted by major-league teams.

Throwing the Heat

At Harvard, he threw 87-90 miles per hour from the right side and about 85 from the left.

“Right handed, I’m more of a power pitcher,” Brunnig says. “As of now, I’m a fastball pitcher—fastball, slider, forkball or splitter and a little curve. Left handed, I use more movement…[and] try to spot it a little more.” (The Harvard Crimson)

He never threw with both arms in the same game, but he was 2 starters in one. He threw each start entirely with the same arm, and on a different start on a different day he would use a different arm. Maybe that was because he didn't use a 6 fingered glove. He used separate gloves for each hand, and never switched sides in the middle of a game.

Ivy League vs Major League

"Brunnig has the frame for pro ball. But he also has college entrance test scores that ironically are so high they could cost him a big-money signing bonus out of high school. He scored 1,410 on the SAT and 33 on the ACT and recently was accepted to Harvard with almost a full academic and need-based scholarship. Some teams have told him he could go as high as the fourth or fifth round, others say 15th and down. " orlandosentinel.com

Career Notes:

6-foot-7 switch-pitcher Matt Brunnig went 4-3 with a 3.55 earned-run average for Harvard during his freshman season in 2003.

"What are the cost/benefits of ambidextrous baseball pitching at the college level?" - Answer from Matt Brunnig , ambidextrous pitcher at Harvard
Pros:It's a cool talent to have and it will help market your name.It's great to have another hand to turn to if you can play outfield.Lefty's have better curveballs...even when they're also righties. Cons:It is a lot more work, if you aren't willing to put the time in don't try it.It is more stress on the back, sometimes my back got sore after pitching lefty.Getting a soft throw touch with the alternate hand is difficult, I would try to actively develop that if I could do it again. 

Ambidextrous Harvard Pitcher Brunnig a Double Threat to Hitters ...

Pretty Fly for a Shy Guy - The Harvard Crimson
Switch-pitcher seeks team glory while avoiding the spotlight

Injuries Leave Baseball With Arms Tied Behind Back - The Harvard Crimson, Feb 25, 2004

No gimmick: Floridian is two pitchers in one - St. Petersburg Times

A real double threat: Harvard's Brunnig is two good - The Milford Daily News

Matt Brunnig Statistics (2003-2006) - The Baseball Cube
11-9 record with a 4.83 ERA over 42 games pitched

High School Stats: 15-3 for Warner Christian

Matt Brunnig, the ambidextrous pitcher who was 15-3 for Warner Christian, was at one point hopeful of being drafted in the first 10 rounds, but interest waned as Brunnig dealt with soreness in his right arm. He now appears to be ticketed for Harvard and college ball.
"I threw a lot of innings this year [98 right-handed], and I just didn't have the velocity the last few starts," Brunnig said Monday after missing a scheduled start for the Central Florida Renegades summer team.

Baseball NotebookBy Chase Goodbread, May 14, 2002

Daytona Beach Warner Christian pitcher Matt Brunnig, who threw last night against St. Petersburg Northside Christian in a Class A semifinal, can pitch effectively with either arm.

The 6-foot-6 Brunnig has approached 90 mph with his right-handed fastball, and regularly reaches the low 80s with his fastball from the left side.

He leads Central Florida in wins (12) and strikeouts (123), is unbeaten with his right arm (10-0), and carries a 2.45 ERA with his left arm.

Former Twins pitcher Frank Viola, now a coach at Orlando Lake Highland Prep, told the Orlando Sentinel: "The interesting thing is going to be seeing which arm he makes his money with."

Brunnig has been projected to go in the top 20 rounds of the Major League Baseball draft next month.

Source: Jacksonville.com

1932 New York Yankees, No. 4 Lou Gehrig » Oldtime Baseball Game

Oldtime Game History - Fittingly, this uniform was first worn in the 1998 Game by a man who was himself a former New York Yankee, Medford native Mike Pagliarulo. He wore our Mickey Mantle home Yankees uniform in 1999, and returned to the Lou Gehrig road uniform in 2000. This uniform was also featured prominently in the 2003 Game, as it was worn by Matt Bruning, an ambidextrous pitcher from Harvard University. Pitching right-handed, he worked one shutout inning for the home team in the Mickey Mantle uniform, and then switched into the Lou Gehrig uniform and submitted a shutout inning from the left side. 


Baseball in Europe


June 10, 2008, mister-baseball.com
Trying to make a push towards the playoffs the Namur Angels have added outfielder/pitcher Matt Brunnig to help out for a month. He went 2-for-4 in his debut last Saturday and is expected to join the bullpen next weekend. He spent four seasons at Harvard University (NCAA Division I) between 2003 and 2006. He had a 12-9 record with an ERA of 4.78 in 43 games (18 starts). He struck out 93 batters in 133 2/3 innings, walking 44.
Brunnig is an ambidextrous pitcher and can throw from either the left or the right side. Even though he brought both gloves with him he is likely only going to pitch right-handed in regular games. He played together with Trey Hendricks in Harvard, who is currently playing in the German Baseball-Bundesliga for the Saarlouis Hornets.


Best Batter: Matt Brunnig. Usually known for his pitching abilities as a switch pitcher, the Harvard graduate had quite an impact on the Namur team, although he didn’t play that much. He went 9-for-22 with two triples, three doubles, five runs and six RBI.
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