Friday, August 14, 2015

Ambidextrous Pitcher Facts for Dummies

Information about ambidextrous pitchers for highly uneducated


Big List of Switch Pitchers
- learn about switch pitchers from Little League to the MLB


How rare are ambidextrous pitchers?

Glove options for switch pitchers

What year did the switch pitcher rule change?

The Pat Venditte Rule

Pat Venditte: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Why are switch hitters rare?



Did you know?

   The majority of ambidextrous throwers are naturally right-handed.


   Pat Venditte is not an amphibious pitcher.



Who's Who of Ambidextrous Pitchers

Pros

Pat Venditte
- Sidearm ambidextrous pitcher in the MLB for the Oakland Athletics
- spent seven years in the minors with the NY Yankees 
- pitched for Creighton University Bluejays
- started throwing with both arms when he was 3-years-old

Ryan Perez
- first ambidextrous pitcher to throw 90+ mph with both arms
- drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2015
- dominant switch pitcher for Judson University

Greg A. Harris
- Montreal Expos RHP, threw one inning with both arms in an MLB game against the Cincinnati Reds in 1995
- Harris donated his custom Mizuno six-fingered glove to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Tony Mullane - The Count
- Mullane was baseball's first ambidextrous pitcher and a talented ballplayer who played every position in the field except catcher
- The Count won 30 games in five consecutive seasons


College

Aubrey McCarty
- relief switch pitcher for the Vanderbilt Commodores
- natural lefty who learned how to throw right-handed
- rodeo background caused him to use his right hand

Alex Trautner
- switch pitcher for Creighton University Bluejays (redshirt in 2015)
- played for the Neptune Beach Pearl team in college summer ball


High School

Henry Knight
- 12:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (4 years on varsity)
- switch pitched in 11 inning game, using only 11 pitches/inning
- throws 6 pitches for strikes with each arm
- switch hitter with a .500 BA 


Little League


Angel MaciasMonterrey, Mexico
Macias pitched a perfect game in the 1957 Little League World Series. 

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