Sunday, September 27, 2015

Friday, September 4, 2015

Venditte earns first win in MLB

Congrats to Pat Venditte on his first big league win!

V for Venditte: Switch-pitcher gets 1st victory, AB

'Probably the best moment of his career,' A's manager Melvin says

August 2015
PHOENIX -- Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte picked up his first Major League victory Sunday afternoon in Arizona, returning from a scoreless, two-inning outing to a beer shower that was "cold, but well worth it," he said, smiling, after the A's 7-4, 11-inning winRead more

Former Bluejay Pat Venditte earns first major league win

Omaha World-Herald‎ 
Former Creighton star and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte earned his first major league win.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tips on Breaking in a Baseball Glove

The best way to break in a baseball glove is to play catch daily. Throwing and catching is more fun than pounding a glove and it will help to improve your skills.

New gloves have enough conditioner or oil, so there is no need to add any more.

Avoid all the quick ways that are used to speed up breaking in a glove – soaking in water, baking in oven, or microwaving – it will make the leather dry out and reduce the life of the glove. Some people like to pound the pocket with a special mallet, but this is often already done by the manufacturer.

What Not to Do When Breaking-In a Baseball Glove

How do you break in an ambidextrous glove?

For breaking in an ambidextrous glove, I suggest alternating throwing arms every other day. Throw right-handed one day, then throw left-handed the next.

Have fun playing catch!

Extending Glove Life
Henry Knight used the same Akadema Ambidextrous glove for four years of high school. He practiced with separate right- or left-handed gloves, then used the ambidextrous glove for bullpens and games.

The gloves were stored in a cool dry place, with a couple of baseballs in the webbing to maintain the shape. Make sure the glove is cleaned off after use.


Breaking in a Glove - tips
• Excessive glove conditioner/oil will damage and shorten the life of a new glove.
• Store your glove in a dry place with a ball in the pocket to maintain shape.
• Play catch daily until the glove is ready for game play.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Carlos A Cortes, Ambidextrous Player

Carlos A Cortes

Oviedo HS, Florida (Class of 2016)

College commitment: South Carolina

Height/Weight: 5'8",  185 lbs
Positions: 2B, OF, LHP
Bats: Left
Throws: Both

Velocity: FB 85 mph in 2014

Carlos Cortez bats left-handed and can throw with both hands, according to Perfect Game USA. At 5'8 and 185 lbs, he's a quick  fielder who mainly plays 2B (righty) plus a little OF (lefty). He said that he did not pitch in high school this past year, but has the ability to throw with both arms. His fastball touched 85 mph. 

He looks like a good second baseman in a skills video, and I think that's the position he projects at the next level. 

"Can flat out rake. Big power and ball jumps off his barrel" - Perfect Game USA

Under Armour All-America Game Spotlight: Carlos Cortes
June 17, 2015 by Teddy Cahill

Cortes played center field this spring, but considers himself more of a second baseman, and that is where he will likely play at the next level. He is committed to South Carolina, which he said impressed him with the quality of its facilities.

Watch the skills video of Cortes playing RF lefty, 2B righty and pitching lefty.

South Carolina Gamecocks baseball commit Carlos Cortes

video interview

CARLOS A CORTES 2B, OF, BHP - Perfect Game profile


Chandler Sulcer BHP?

Chandler Sulcer
Sulcer throwing lefty

Soddy Daisy High School (Class of 2016)
Hixson, TN

Blackman High School (former school)

Summer Team:
eXposure Baseball out of Chattanooga, Tennessee
Chandler Sulcer playing OF lefty

Positions: BHP, OF, 1B

Ht/Wt  6-0, 170 lbs.
Bats/Throws  L/B
HSBlackman | Graduates in 2016
HometownMurfreesboro, TN USA

Velocity: 77 MPH (2014)
(source: Perfect Game USA)

Chandler Sulcer looks like a natural lefty - hitting and throwing left-handed. He is listed as a BHP in the Perfect Game USA profile, but I could not find a photo of him throwing right-handed. Videos on BeRecuited show Sulcer pitching left-handed only.

Note: Some left-handers can also throw right-handed so they could play shortstop or catcher, but they rarely pitch right-handed.

"I can pitch left and right handed." Videos show him throwing left-handed only.

Chandler Sulcer Baseball Profile | Perfect Game USA

Chandler Sulcer | MaxPreps