Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ryan Perez - Switch Pitcher News 2015

News articles about Ryan Perez - a minor league ambidextrous pitcher who pitched at Judson University in Illinois.

Ryan Perez, who can throw 90+ mph with both arms, was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 2015 MLB Draft. Perez pitches for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. 

Check out minor league stats for Ryan Perez.

Posted by @cle_ItIsGone on Aug 26, 2015

The other day I sat with pitcher Ryan Perez, who embodies the “hustle” state of mind perfectly and let me tell you, if he keeps at it, he’s going to change the world of baseball forever.

In high school, Ryan also played off the mound, getting time at first base, second base and shortstop. When he started college and attended Judson University his focus was only on pitching. With a career win/loss of 22-8 and an ERA 3.24 in three seasons, I’m convinced that his slow start with The Scrappers is only a matter of adjusting to the transition into pro ball.
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Scrappers' pitcher highlights rarity of ambidexterity

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!

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

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 -
updated: July 23, 2014

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


Perez, an ambidextrous pitcher from Judson University, in the Chicago suburbs, is expected to be selected within the first 10 rounds of next week's Draft. - Phil Rogers,

MLB Draft Prospect

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.
(source: fangraphs )

Gene Chamberlain, Elgin Courier-News

The decision Juan Perez made so many years ago to have his son, Ryan, skip stones using both hands could pay off in the next few days.
Judson University pitcher Ryan Perez has gone from a curiosity in baseball scouts' eyes to a legitimate candidate for this week's major-league draft. The real question now is which team will take him, which round and whether the team is willing to let him continue throwing with both arms.
"He's the only known member of the 93-93 club," Juan Perez said. "He's topped out at 93 mph with both arms."

College Baseball
Judson baseball advances in CCAC Tournament
Courier-News staff, 3 May 2015

Host Judson advanced to Monday's winners' bracket final of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament by rolling past Holy Cross (Ind.) 14-5 on Saturday.
Billy Wright was 4-for-5 with a homer, four runs scored and two RBIs for Judson (38-18). Mark DeYoung went 4-for-5 with two runs and five RBIs for the Eagles, while Cameron Balough finished 2-for-3 with four runs and two RBIs.
Ryan Perez (4-0) pitched four-hit ball over six innings for the win, striking out 10 and allowing one earned run.

Ryan Perez's return a highlight, but Judson swept in doubleheader
Chicago Tribune‎ - 18 April 2015

It was only one inning, and just 12 pitches at that, but ambidextrous pro prospect Ryan Perez showed Saturday that he's back.
Perez proved to be a highlight for host Judson University, and possibly the only one, as the mistake-prone Eagles were swept by Cardinal Stritch 5-1 and 8-5 just after they had finally gotten a foothold on first place in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference's North Division.
"I felt pretty good, and I'm excited to finally be back left-handed and helping the team out," Perez said after he struck out two batters looking and got another on a weak pop to short right field in the top of the ninth inning of Game 2. "More than anything I think I just need to get back into pitching shape."

Ryan Perez cleared to throw from both sides for Judson

Chicago Tribune‎ - 9 April 2015

Ambidextrous pitcher Ryan Perez is closer to pitching full time again for Judson University — with both arms.
Perez, MVP of the all-star game in the prestigious amateur Cape Cod League last summer, has often been mentioned as a potential Major League Baseball draft pick in June. However, he has been able to throw only 7 1/3 innings all year, and that came right-handed due to a strained left triceps.
This week, Perez was given medical clearance to begin throwing again left-handed, and it may not be long until he can resume his role as part of the starting staff's 1-2 pitching punch with Andrew Bergmann.

Ryan Perez was on the DL in early 2015 due to strained triceps muscles

New infield helps Judson get more reps, sweep St. Xavier

by Gene Chamberlain, Elgin Courier-News

The big problem in northern Illinois is usually waiting for infields to dry out in spring, but Judson didn't have to do that this year because of the FieldTurf infield now in place at Hoffer Field courtesy of the Hoffer Foundation.

The artificial surface took very little getting used to, said pitcher Andrew Bergmann from Hanover Park, who got the win in Game 1 Saturday with an eight-hit, 11-strikeout performance.
"The artificial mound was a little slippery at first, but we've made the adjustment without a problem," he said. ...

Pitching has been a problem because of health. Ambidextrous ace pitcher Ryan Perez, considered a potential pro draft pick, won't be back on the mound until April 14 due to a strained triceps.

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.

Cape Cod League Top 30 Prospects

By Aaron Fitt | Baseball America‎ - Aug 29, 2014

27. Ryan Perez, lhp/rhp, Hyannis (Jr., Judson, Ill.)
Perez came out of nowhere and took the Cape Cod League by storm, posting a 1.98 ERA and a 39-13 strikeout-walk mark in 27 innings. He struck out three straight batters in the league all-star game—two of them with his left arm, and one with his right. He sat at 90-91 mph from both sides in that appearance.

“That was the first time I’d ever seen anything like that—the same stuff from both sides in the same inning,” an NL crosschecker said. “I had to look up where Judson was—I’d never heard of it. He’s a prospect.”
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Is ambidextrous Perez baseball's future?

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

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.

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousMay 03, 2015

    05/02/15. Ryan Perez pitched 5 innings left handed and 1 inning right handed, topping out at 91 mph on both sides Saturday night. Many scouts were in attendance to watch Perez who is a 2015 MLB baseball draft prospect. Perez got the win as Judson won 14-5 over Holy Cross in CCAC tournament play.