Saturday, October 19, 2013

Yu Darvish, MLB pitcher is ambidextrous

8/13/13: Prior to the game and following his 15-strikeout performance, Yu Darvish has some fun tossing with both his right and left hands.

Yu Darvish Can Switch-Pitch. By Brandson Stroud

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish has five 14-strikeout games this season. The rest of Major League Baseball — all of it — combines for three 14-strikeout games.

On Monday afternoon, Yu carried a perfect game against the Astros into the sixth, got screwed on a call, then lost his chance at a no-hitter in the 8th. He had 15 strikeouts in that game.

And if that’s not enough, now he can pitch left-handed. How did I not know about this?

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About Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish is a starting right-handed pitcher for the Texas Rangers. Darvish is ambidextrous and has the ability to throw well with both hands. He warms up with throwing both hands prior to a game, but only pitches right-handed.

Yu Darvish Statistics and History -

2013: 2.83 ERA, 13-9 record

Friday, October 18, 2013

Henry Knight throwing a cutter - video

Switch pitcher Henry Knight throwing a cutter at the K Center in Seattle.

Watch the movement of the cutter. The cut fastball is a nasty pitch for lefties to hit.

Knight can locate the cutter – for strikes – with either hand.

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Brandon McBane - Ambidextrous player and switch hitter

Brandon McBane
Age: 20

Merritt High School (Class of 2011)
Elk City, OK

Positions: C, P, 1B (lefty)
Primary Position: Catcher
Secondary Position: RHP

Central Christian College in McPherson, KS
NAIA Baseball
Positions: P/UT

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 200
Bats: Both - Switch hitter
Throws: Both
Dominant Hand: Right

Brandon McBane was mainly a catcher in high school, so he throws well from the right side, but he needs more work on his mechanics to master pitching left-handed. McBane also plays first base left-handed.

McBane was listed as a pitcher and utility player for Central Christian College in McPherson, Kansas. 

Brandon McBane has since transferred to Crown College in Minnesota where he is a catcher. (see comment below)

Brandon McBane - Central Christian College Athletics

Brandon McBane (Nelson)'s Baseball Recruiting Profile - NCSA


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

MLB Pitcher Doug Fister is ambidextrous

Tigers Weekly Segment: The ambidextrous Doug Fister
Mickey York delves into starting pitcher Doug Fister's ambidextrous abilities.

Date: 9/18/12

Fister thinks that he could pitch with both hands, given about a year of training. The actual chances that he will pitch with both arms is "slim to none" said Fister. 

He writes left-handed, but pitches right-handed. 


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Zack Greinke Pitching Mechanics in Slow Motion

Zack Greinke Pitching Mechanics in Slow Motion (1000 FPS) - LA Dodgers MLB

Zack Greinke Statistics and History -


Jose Balbas - ambidextrous pitcher from Puerto Rico

Jose Balbas
San Juan, Puerto Rico

High School: Colegio San José

225 lbs
Primary Position: LHP
Secondary Position: RHP

Bats: Left
Throws: Both
Dominant Hand: Left

Jose Balbás is an ambidextrous pitcher from Puerto Rico who can pitch equally with both hands. He's a natural lefty, who only bats left-handed. Balbás plays defense right-handed. 

Jose Balbas's Baseball Recruiting Profile - NCSA


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Zack Santora - Ambidextrous Pitcher

Zack Santora
Zack Santora
Suffield Academy (Class of 2015)
St. Johns High School 

Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA
Team: 17U North East Baseball Lumberjacks, 
Connecticut Capitals

College Commitment: Florida Tech

Positions: P, 1B
Height/Weight: 6'2"  190 lbs
Bats: Left
Throws: Both, right-hand dominant
Pitches: Fastball, curveball, change-up, slider
Velocity: 81 mph (2014)

In 2013, Zack Santora taught himself to throw left-handed after he broke his pitching hand. He plays first base right-handed and bats left-handed. Santora uses a Mizuno ambidextrous glove.

Zack Santora pitching right-handed

Watch another video of Zach Santora

Zack Santora Profile - Connecticut Capitals Baseball

StJohn's High School - 2012 Team Page


Friday, October 11, 2013

#switchpitcher on Twitter

Switch Pitchers on Twitter

If you are a Switch Pitcher or Ambidextrous thrower, then check out the new twitter feed by Coach Knight

Ambidextrous Pitching


Follow Pro Switch Pitchers on Twitter

Pat Venditte @PatVenditte
Minor League switch pitcher for the NY Yankees
Mitchell Beacom
29 Jun 12 Interesting sight before the game, Mitchell Beacom throwing a bullpen right-handed in front of Jack Hiatt and Fred Stanley

Follow College Pitchers on Twitter

Marcus Garcia @MarMar_4
Life of an ambidextrous pitcher.

Josh Hoekstra @JducksH
RHP @ Minnesota State University Baseball

Aubrey McCarty @AbreyMcCarty55
Ambidextrous pitcher at Vanderbilt


Follow High School Switch Pitchers on Twitter

Nick Bohannan @BohannanNick
O'Fallon, Missouri

Tyler Hopman @HopmanTyler
Old Bridge HS, New Jersey

Santora ‏@Z_Santora
St. John's HS

Alex Trautner @TrautDaddy
Right/Left Hand Pitcher - Wolves Baseball

Alex Urbanek ‏@dual_wielder_3
Roland-Story HS, Iowa


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Monday, October 7, 2013

Mastering the Knuckle-Curve with Fred Corral

Fred Corral explains how to grip and throw the Knuckle-Curve and the Palm Ball.

Corral (pronounced: cuh-RAL)

Knuckle curve - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Fall Ball for Switch Pitchers

Tips for ambidextrous pitchers playing fall baseball

Work on a new pitch

A good strategy for an ambidextrous pitcher is to work on developing a new pitch during the fall. For high school pitchers – a change-up will compliment a good fastball. Use the change-up grip during warmup and the pull down phase of long toss.

Work on developing the weaker side

Most switch pitchers are natural right-handers who throw slower left-handed. Fall is a good time to work on building velocity from the left side. For natural left-handers, work on developing the right side.

Do you want to increase your velocity?  Throw hard daily.


Good left-handed pitchers are always in demand.

Do extra bullpen sessions left-handed to work on location and finishing the pitch.

Pitchers Fielding Practice

Fall is a good time to work on fielding from both sides. Make sure to field the position off the mound --covering bunts and ground balls. Try playing different positions to get experience fielding in games.

Pitching in Games

Try pitching left-handed in games facing both right- and left-handed batters. This will give you needed experience pitching left-handed.

Or start out pitching one inning lefty, and then pitch the next inning righty.

I don't recommend switching throwing arms between batters since it's hard to keep a good rhythm.

New Glove

Fall is a good time to break in a new ambidextrous baseball glove.

Akadema makes the most affordable ambidextrous glove ready for shipping
available on Amazon for $110.

Mizuno makes a nice custom ambidextrous glove for $450
that takes 6 weeks to deliver.

Mizuno GMP1A Ambidextrous Baseball Glove >>

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Broken bat rocking chair for Mo

The Twins honor Mariano Rivera with a pregame ceremony, giving him the "Chair of Broken Dreams", a rocking chair made of broken bats. 

Closer Mariano Rivera's nasty cutter has led to lots of broken bats over his 19 years.

Mariano Rivera Breaking Bats | FanGraphs Baseball

Learn how to throw a cutter like Mariano Rivera >>


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Drew Chambasian - Ambidextrous pitcher, Racine, Wisconsin

Drew Chambasian

Horlick High School (Class of 2015)
Racine, Wisconsin

Bats: Left
Throws: Both, ambidextrous
Dominant Hand: Left

As a 12-year-old switch pitcher Drew Chambasian was featured in a newspaper article called "Young hurler has a special delivery

"I'm more accurate left-handed and I can throw knuckleballs left-handed but I don't do that in a game," said Chambasian, who bats left-handed.

One just doesn't decide to be ambidextrous on the spur of the moment. For Chambasian, this goes back to his infancy, when his parents, Pete and Ryen, weren't able to make a conclusive read on whether the second of their two sons (Cody is two years to the day older) was a righty or a lefty.

The only reason he decided to experiment with using his right hand was to be like the rest of his family. In fact, he may even concentrate on being an outfielder instead of pursuing pitching when he reaches Horlick in two years. (


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