Friday, January 15, 2016

Switch Pitcher Facts for Dummies

Information about ambidextrous pitchers
- learn about switch pitchers from Little League to the MLB

Did you know?

   The majority of ambidextrous throwers are naturally right-handed.

   Pat Venditte is not an amphibious pitcher.

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Who's Who of Ambidextrous Pitchers

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

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

High School
- 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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