Friday, August 30, 2013

JD Marshall - ambidextrous pitcher / utility player


JD Marshall
Celebration HS, Kissimmee, FL
Class of 2011

Positions: Pitcher, Utility
Bats: Right
Throws: Both
Height/Weight: 5-9, 180 lbs

Team: Florida Bombers Red, Miami
Utility, R/R

Velocity: 87 RHP; 77 LHP

source: UCF Intramural Sports Group


JD Marshall Baseball Profile | Perfect Game USA

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Andrew Pullin News

Andrew Pullin, from Washington state, was a switch pitcher in high school. He was one of the top ranked players in the state, like fellow ambidextrous pitcher Drew Vettleson.

In 2012, Pullin was drafted in the 5th round (#188 overall) by the Phillies, with a $203,900 signing bonus. Prior to signing with the Phillies, Pullin was committed to attend the University of Oregon. 

In 2015, Andrew Pullin moved from 2B to outfield for the Clearwater Threshers. 

Watch the interview with Pullin 



Threshers Spotlight: Andrew Pullin
Former Switch-Pitcher at Ease in the Outfield

By Kirsten Karbach / Clearwater Threshers04/24/2015

Andrew Pullin is used to switching roles.

At Centralia High School in Centralia, Washington, Pullin was a rarity. He not only stood out for his offensive prowess - he was also a switch-pitcher.

When a righty stepped in the box against Pullin, he would deal from his natural right-handed side.

If a lefty stepped in, he could turn around, flip his six-finger glove to the opposite hand, and pitch to the batter as a southpaw.

"I think in high school I was around 80 miles an hour left-handed, and about 90 right handed," Pullin says.

The discovery happened about four years prior to his high school days.

"I was, I want to say 10 or 11, and I was playing catch and we had a left-handed glove and not a right-handed glove," Pullin says. "So I tried putting it on and I started playing catch left-handed and it was natural, so I just kept doing it."

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Phillies prospect Pullin grabs opportunity with both hands
by David Murphy, Daily News Staff, May 24, 2013


Pullin had never played second base before the Phillies suggested the move, but he has embraced the switch.
"I like it a lot better," he said. "I just feel more comfortable at second. You're more into the game."
Considering Pullin's background, his desire to be in the middle of the action is not surprising. A natural righthanded thrower, he began to experiment with his left hand in the fifth grade. By high school, he was a full-fledged switch-pitcher, using an ambidextrous six-fingered glove made by Louisville Slugger that he would alternate, depending on the batter he was facing. As a righthander, his fastball topped out at around 90 mph. But he also was effective as a lefthander, mixing an 80 mph fastball with a curveball.

Pullin stars in Crosscutters' twinbill | MiLB.com News

The Phillies' No. 16 prospect collected three hits and three RBIs in Class A Short-Season Williamsport's 6-1 win over Auburn in the opening game of Monday's doubleheader and smacked three more hits in the club's 5-1 loss in the nightcap.

Pullin smacked three doubles and scored a run across the twinbill. The performance raised 
the Washington native's average to .299 in 19 games for the Crosscutters.

Pullin shows promise at 2nd base - SunGazette.com


Andrew Pullin's offense made headlines for obvious reasons following Monday night's 7-3 win for the Williamsport Crosscutters.
Home runs are what make heads turn. Opposite-field blasts off the wall look great in a boxscore.
But it was what Pullin did with his glove and arm at second base for the Cutters which was a better sign for the 19-year-old from Washing-ton. Pullin made a trio of strong plays ranging to his right and helped turn a pair of double plays which helped end a pair of Batavia scoring threats.
The offense is the known quantity in Pullin's game. That he was 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs wasn't so much of a surprise Monday. It's what helped him be drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round in 2012.



2B – Andrew Pullin | Phuture Phillies


Switch Pitching 101: Andrew Pullin




Andrew Pullin - Baseball-Reference.com

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Trevor Bauer's Shoulder Tube Warmup Routine

How to warmup using a Shoulder Tube by Oates Specialties


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Charles Radbourn - "Old Hoss"

Charles Gardner Radbourn 


nicknamed "Old Hoss"
(December 11, 1854 – February 5, 1897)

Teams:  Grays/Beaneaters/Reds/Bisons 1880-1891
Win-loss record: 309-194
ERA: 2.68  Strikeouts: 1,830

At least one Hall of Famer also pursued the elusive goal of ambidextrous pitching

Charles Radbourn, at 5’9” and 168 pounds, entered baseball during the underhand pitching era. There is some evidence that he threw overhand at least occasionally.

Was Charles Radbourn ambidextrous?



Old Hoss - Boston
Washington Post article in 1883 claimed that, “Radbourn, pitcher of the Providence nine, can pitch either right or left handed.” There doesn’t seem to be much supplementary evidence to support the claim, but it seems like something such a resourceful pitcher might try. In the era of no gloves, the batter wouldn’t know which hand the delivery was coming from until the pitcher went into his windup.
A former infielder and outfielder, Rad was known as one of the top fielding pitchers of his era. He also controlled the pitch selection and gave his own signals throughout his career, even after it was common for catchers to give most of the signs. Typically, he only signaled for outside pitches, mainly the curve. 
Arm conditioning using a weighted ball and long toss
Rad practiced with an iron ball, throwing it underhand to develop arm strength. He also long tossed to get his arm in shape before taking the mound. He babied his arm, soothing it with hot towels and getting frequent messages. As a result and despite racking up more innings than most, he was one of the few major league pitchers prior to Cy Young to attain a good amount of success after age thirty.


Radbourn appeared in 83 games for Providence in 1882, 54 of them on the mound totaling 474 innings. 

In 1884, he tallied a 59-12 record with a 1.38 ERA in 678.2 innings! He threw 488 complete games over 11 years.

A Game of Inches: The Stories Behind the Innovations That Shaped Baseball



Fifty-Nine in ’84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Caleb Rodgers - 9yo Switch Pitcher from Texas


Pitching analysis of Caleb Rodgers using Coach's Eye Sports Video Analysis app.


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Caleb Rodgers is a 9-year-old ambidextrous pitcher and switch hitter.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Age to start switch hitting

How old should a player be to start switch hitting?

A player can be any age to begin switch hitting, although it is easier to learn when they are young (5-7 yo). Switch hitting should be the players choice and it should be fun.

The key to becoming a good switch hitter is to get a lot of quality swings from both sides of the plate.


Switch hitters are natural righties

Most switch hitters are naturally right-handed, and learn to hit lefty. Only a few switch hitters are naturally ambidextrous.

Henry Knight, a natural righty, started swinging from both sides when he was five-years-old – on his own. Like many young players in Seattle, he tried to swing like Ichiro and hit the ball to all fields.

Now, as a high school player he prefers to hit left-handed, but switches to the right side when facing lefty pitchers or when he is in a slump. Being able to hit well from both sides (.500) keeps him in the lineup.

Some guys who switch hit when they are young become better at hitting left-handed – so they drop the right-handed swing and become lefty hitters.
Drew Vettleson is a good example.


It's never too late ...

A few players learn to switch hit when they are in college or in the pros.


Practice, practice, practice

It helps to get good hitting instruction in order to develop a short compact swing. The goal is to stay inside the ball, make solid contact and hit line drives.

Tee work and soft toss

Doing a lot of tee work from both sides helps a player to groove their swing.

Start out swinging in slow motion to work on the optimal swing path, then speed up the swing using the same path.

Doing soft toss, from both sides can really help with tracking a moving ball.

For a challenge, try hitting small wifle balls with a wood bat.

Mirror swings

Swinging in front of a large mirror can help a player get feedback on their swing mechanics. Start out with the strong side, then try to mirror the swing with the weaker side.


Switch hitting in games

Fall ball and scrimmage games are a good time to swing from the weaker side.

To start out, it's easier to focus on hitting from only one side in each game.


Double the work

Remember that switch hitting is double the work, so a player has to be self-motivated to become a switch hitter. Parents shouldn't force a kid to become a switch hitter.


Takeaway

Start working on switch hitting when you are young.
Practice a lot. Take quality swings from both sides.
Switch hitting isn't for everyone.
Hitting should be fun.



Why are switch hitters rare?


Age to start switch hitting in games | High School Baseball Web



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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Robert Kaminsky LHP is ambidextrous

Robert Kaminsky 
Robert Kaminsky. Photo: Youtube.

High School: St. Joseph Regional, Class of 2013
Hometown: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Height/Weight: 6-0, 190 lbs.
Bats: Switch hitter
Throws: Left 
   (throws a football right-handed)
Velocity: 94 mph

Pitches: fastball, curveball, change-up

College commitment: North Carolina
MLB: Drafted in the first round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013

Rob Kaminsky is naturally right-handed, but pitches left-handed and dominated in high school. He has a nasty curveball with velocity. A solid LHP, he is compared with Sandy Koufax, who was also Jewish. 

The youngest of Alan and Donna Kaminsky’s three children, Robert excelled in Little League, switch-hitting and sometimes throwing lefty, sometimes righty.

Go ahead and name the last time you ran across a high-school lefthander who has a 94 MPH fastball and a hammer of a curveball, a Jewish kid whose prized possession is a Sandy Koufax baseball card that he keeps in an acrylic case on his bedroom shelf.
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Robert Kaminsky Baseball Profile | Perfect Game USA



Star Jewish High School Baseball Player Draws Comparisons to Koufax 
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Friday, August 16, 2013

Dealing with loud noise while pitching

When you are pitching, make sure to stay focused and block out sounds like ice cream trucks, ambulances and loud music. Step off the mound if you hear a loud noise and have the catcher call for time.


J.J. Putz Gets Interrupted By "Kickstart My Heart," Spikes Ball

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Ambidextrous Pitcher Henry Knight

Henry Knight, ambidextrous pitcher, Seattle

Switch pitcher Henry Knight throws 11 solid innings in a game


Ambidextrous pitcher Henry Knight started the evening game of a doubleheader and went four solid innings throwing left-handed, giving up only one earned run.

In the fifth inning Knight switched to pitching right-handed and continued throwing strikes through the 11th inning.

No runs scored during the last nine innings when Knight was on the mound.


Henry Knight threw 94 strikes over 11 innings as an ambidextrous pitcher, while averaging 11 pitches per inning.


"Starter left-handed, Closer right-handed"
 – Justin Gabriel, UW assistant pitching coach



Switch pitcher Henry Knight training with coach Ron Queen at the K Center in Seattle.
Left (0:05), Right (1:15)


Pitches:
4-seam Fastball, 2-seam Fastball, Changeup, Cutter, Curveball, Splitter


The Glove:
Akadema Ambidextrous Glove



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Switch Hitter Henry Knight >>

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Friday, August 9, 2013

What does WHIP mean in baseball stats?

WHIP = Walks plus Hits per Inning Pitched

Add the number of walks to the number of hits,
then divide by the total number of innings pitched.

Example:

If a pitcher walked 5 batters and gave up 42 hits, over 39 innings pitched,
then the WHIP would be calculated as

    (5 + 42) / 39 = 1.21

In 2013, Ambidextrous pitcher Henry Knight had a 1.21 WHIP


In 2012, Pat Venditte had a 1.31 WHIP (Yankees AAA)
view more stats


Cliff Lee has a 1.20 WHIP over his pitching career


List of Major League Baseball leaders in career WHIP - Wikipedia


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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ambidextrous Pitcher Pat Venditte on NPR


Ambidextrous Pitcher Gives His Team an Edge


Switch hitters are common in baseball, but what about switch pitchers? 
A relief pitcher at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., can throw equally 
well with both arms.It's almost unheard of in the game, and his coach says 
it gives the team an edge. 
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Chucking Both Ways


A full-time switch pitcher hadn't faced a switch hitter in pro ball in 120 years... until this month. Pat Venditte, an ambidextrous pitcher with the Staten Island Yankees, set-off a comical chain of events in a game on June 19th when he and the batter he faced repeatedly switched sides... Right, left, right, left. 
The umps called time, met, and decided how the switch-off would end. We'll talk with Venditte on the show today, about the confusion of throwing from both sides, and what it's like to potentially be the first full-time switch pitcher in major leage history.
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Ambidextrous Pitcher Greg Harris - Switch Pitched in One MLB game


Greg Harris was the last major league switch pitcher to throw with both hands in an MLB game on September 28, 1995.


Greg A. Harris - Ambidextrous Pitcher

Born: 11/2/1955
Bats/Throws: B/B
Height/Weight: 6-0/175
Position: Pitcher

RHP: 88-89 mph; two-seamer, four-seamer, curve and changeup
LHP: 80-81 mph; two-seamer, four-seamer, curve and changeup


Harris could throw strikes from both sides, but was not allowed to switch pitch in a game.

Harris' manager in Texas, Bobby Valentine, was quite a character in his own right, but Valentine never allowed Harris to pull his trick in a game despite the pitcher's urging. 
"I don't understand why he never let me do it," Harris says. "Bobby said he'd let me if I could master three things: being able to throw 25 strikes in 30 pitches, which I could do, having a curveball, which I already had, and throwing 80-plus mph, which I could. (MLB.com)

For one inning, left was right
The Majors' last switch-pitcher enjoys his place in history
Greg A. Harris is a busy man these days.

He gives private pitching lessons and baseball clinics in Orange County, Calif., he's raising an 11-year-old son, he helps out with Little League coaching and he's involved with Connie Mack and Mickey Mantle teams, too.

But there's one subject he'll always find time to talk about, and when he does, it seems like he can put off his hectic life for hours.

The tempo of his voice quickens with excitement until he's overflowing with vivid minute-by-minute details of his most precious memory.

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.

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Expos' Harris: 2-Fisted Pitcher


St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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.
Harris, who had wanted to pitch ambidextrously for a decade but was forbidden by his own team, faced four batters in the ninth - two from his normal right side and two as a lefty.
Using a special six-finger glove, Harris became the first ambidextrous pitcher in the majors since Elton "Ice Box" Chamberlain of the Louisville Colonels of the American Association in 1888.



Harris designed a six-finger glove with two thumbs

"I was warming up with both hands every day and I really felt it helped me stay fresh," Harris says. "I just turned my glove around, shagged, loosened up and got ready to pitch."

Eventually, Harris tired of turning the glove around, so he designed a special six-finger mitt with two thumbs that made for an easy transition from hand to hand. He brought it to his glove manufacturer, Mizuno, and the Japanese company had a prototype produced for him right away.

"You look at my baseball cards from 1986 on," Harris says, "and that's the six-finger glove I used for the rest of my career."


Ambidextrous Harris Gives Special Glove To Baseball Hall Of Fame



Now presenting a six-fingered glove used by ambidextrous pitcher Greg Harris.


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Saturday, August 3, 2013

How to throw a changeup with Tim Collins

Pro pitcher Tim Collins demonstrates two changeup grips:
Palmball and Circle Changeup.



Tips for throwing a changeup:
- Use a grip that is comfortable
- Keep the wrist stiff
- "Pull down the lamp shade" to get backspin on the ball
- Keep the same arm speed as the fastball


5'7" Tim Collins is a left-handed relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.
Collins trains at Cressey Performance (CP).

Tim Collins Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com



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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 10 mph slower and has a late drop – so it throws off a batter's timing.

How to throw a changeup with Jamie Moyer >>

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Joe - 10-Year-Old Ambidextrous Pitcher



Switch pitching right-handed, then left-handed. Checkout the huge strike zone.

YouTube - Published on Mar 17, 2013
First time pitching multiple innings off each side...



Ambidextrous Little League Switch Pitcher - 10-years-old




Amazing fast baseball pickoff to second by a switch pitcher.
Not sure this pickoff would be legal in a game, but it's fun to watch.