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Recent stories about Ambidextrous Pitchers

Ryan Perez
Judson University, Illinois
Collegiate League: Cape Cod League

An Ambidextrous pitcher wows Cape Cod League

by Eric Olson, AP Sports Writer | Aug 3, 2014

Ryan Perez might look back someday and say having Tommy John surgery on his right arm was the best thing that could have happened to his left.

That's right, his left.

The 20-year-old from tiny Judson University in Illinois is one of baseball's rare ambidextrous pitchers. He's been all the rage in the prestigious Cape Cod League since he touched the low 90s on the radar gun — with both arms — in last week's All-Star game.
He came on in the third inning and struck out the first batter left-handed, the second right-handed and the third left-handed.
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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.

Pat Venditte
Minor League

Venditte tallies first win with scoreless relief |
By Thomas Harding /, 20 March 2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Athletics switch-pitcher Pat Venditte earned his first Cactus League win with two scoreless innings in a 3-2 victory over the Rockies on Friday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Venditte gave up one hit, struck out one and walked one.

His MLB goals intact, ex-Creighton pitcher Pat Venditte is no novelty act

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre General Manager Rob Crain can always tell when Pat Venditte is stirring in the RailRiders’ bullpen.
“We have a bridge that goes over the top of our bullpens,” Crain said. “Every time that Pat starts to warm up, you’ll see a throng of people make their way over there.
“He’ll start throwing lefty, then righty and then lefty again. Our fans love it. They think it’s great.”
The former Creighton standout, professional baseball’s only ambidextrous pitcher, is used to the commotion after seven seasons in the New York Yankees’ organization.


Alex Trautner Chooses Creighton

By: Trevor Hampton 
June 30, 2014
Alexander Trautner, a 6-foot-3, 210 pound ambidextrous pitcher from San Ramon Valley High School has committed to the Creighton University Bluejays’ D1 baseball program out of Omaha, Nebraska.
Trautner had garnered interest from Kansas, Hawaii, and Utah Valley among other D1 baseball programs.  However, Creighton University had special interest in him because of his unique ambidextrous pitching ability. The school in Omaha had previous success with nationally recognized ambidextrous pitcher, Pat Venditte, drafted twice during college, now pitching with the New York Yankees’ AAA organization.

Brock Mammoser
Newton Community HS (Class of 2016)

Switching it up; Newton's Mammoser trying his hands at switch pitching

Ryan Czachorski
Posted:  08/01/2014 

American Legion fans around the central Illinois area have started to hear of Newton’s Brock Mammoser.

The pole vaulter, point guard and quarterback also finds time for the baseball field, and while he routinely sat in the middle of the order for Post 20 played shortstop and first base with flair, there’s one thing everyone came back to.

He’s a switch pitcher. Mammoser took to the mound left and right for Newton, literally, pitching games with both his left and his right arm.

It all started with a half-hearted suggestion a few years back.

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