Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ryan Perez - Switch Pitcher News 2014

News articles about Ryan Perez - a college ambidextrous pitcher at Judson University in Illinois.

Ryan Perez had a solid inning switch pitching in the Cape Cod All Star Game. Perez came away with a win and the MVP award!
Watch Perez strike out the side ...


Ryan Perez, Switch Pitcher - Cape Cod League
Ryan Perez - Hyannis Harbor Hawks
In the summer, Ryan Perez switch pitches for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the famous Cape Cod League. Perez made the roster for the Cape Cod League - All Star Game.

Perez throws 88-90 mph right-handed, and tops out at 94 mph left-handed.

“As a lefthander he’s definitely a prospect. As a righthander he can help you, but as a lefthander I feel like he is a definite pro prospect." - Chad Gassman, manager of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks


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2014 Pitching Stats


Hyannis Harbor Hawks - Cape Cod League 

2.05 ERA. 0-1 record, 1 save 
26.1 IP, 38 SO, 13 BB, 30 H

source: Cape Cod Baseball League - pointstreak.com
updated: July 23, 2014
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Judson Eagles 2014  (42-19)

2.43 ERA, 12-3 record in 24 games (14 games started) 
111 IP, 92 SO, 45 BB, .231 BA

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2015 MLB Draft Rankings, Way-Too-Early Edition

by Kiley McDaniel | FanGraphs - September 11, 2014 

Interesting Talents With Top 5 Round Upside
Ryan Perez, BHP, Judson (IL): This switch pitcher from a tiny college in Illinois isn’t just a sideshow. Perez is better from the left side, where he’s 90-93 with a plus slider at his best, and both pitches are a tick or two lower from the right side.  He has solid command, but some scouts only saw average stuff at times and wonder if he can go in the top 5 rounds since they haven’t seen a changeup. either.


Is ambidextrous Perez baseball's future?

Twenty-year-old college junior dazzles in Cape Cod League

8/19/2014 mlb.com
An almost unbelievable, largely unexpected summer behind him, Ryan Perez couldn't help himself. When the ambidextrous 20-year-old considered his baseball future, and specifically how he might one day fit onto the pitching staff of a Major League team, he was bursting with excitement.

"It's really, sort of, endless possibilities," said Perez, who at the time was driving across the Midwest on his way home from the Cape Cod League. "I have starting experience. I have closing. I can switch [from left-handed to right-handed, or vice versa] during innings. I can start and close my own game. Anything you can think of, I've done it, and I've had success with it. It just depends on what they're looking for."



One awesome All-Star Game

by Ted Pappas | Aug 1, 2014

Perez, who was named the West MVP, pitched a perfect three up, three down frame, striking out the side from both sides of the rubber, clocking a 90-91 throw from the right, and a 93 from the left. He didn’t stop there, as the ambidextrous hurler also lobbed a nasty breaking slurve (sliding curve) that broke in on the hitter at 80 mph.
Perez came into the game with a pedestrian ERA of 2.05 across 26.1 innings pitched, albeit with an impressive 38 strikeouts. His electric inning not only clinched the MVP award, but also drew quite a bit of attention at the League’s biggest outing.


Pitcher can bring the heat with both hands

|Ryan Perez is naturally right-handed, but his father knew his son, an aspiring pitcher, would have an advantage if he learned how to throw with his left arm as well. Jim Axelrod reports. Read more 



Cape Cod League Focus: Ryan Perez

Down around the pond behind the Perez home in Hampshire, Ill., the youngest of the three naturally righthanded children didn’t have a choice.
Before Ryan, the only Perez son, turned 3 years old, the question of arm dominance—something most don’t think of as a question or even a choice but a predisposed conclusion—had been decided by his father, Juan.
“He never got a natural lefty,” Ryan, now 20, said of his dad. “So with me being the last hope he sort of made me into a lefty.”


On switch pitching in college:

"Just once during his sophomore season he threw with both arms in the same game, offering five innings from the right side at 88-90 before coming in lefthanded for the sixth and seventh frames, topping out at 94."


College Baseball: Right-handed and left-handed, Judson pitcher Ryan Perez has things covered

The Judson baseball roster doesn’t show right-handed pitcher or left-handed pitcher by Ryan Perez’s name.
It shows BHP — for both-handed pitcher.
The ambidextrous former Westminster Christian pitcher can honestly say tag is accurate, just like in high school. After going through Tommy John surgery on his right elbow before his senior year, Perez became a normal pitcher and pitched with only his left arm.

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