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.

RYAN PEREZ & THE SCRAPPERS ARE SWITCHING THINGS UP
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


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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 - pointstreak.com
updated: July 23, 2014
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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

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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.com


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

8/19/2014 mlb.com
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.

Coach Mike Kinnison is ambidextrous



Mike Kinnison

Delta State head baseball coach Mike Kinnison can throw with both right and left hands in batting practice.

Throwing from both arms proves beneficial for Kinnison

17 Jun 2015 Written by Andy Collier
Being ambidextrous is a unique trait for any human being.
Not everyone can do things effectively with both hands. In baseball, there are several hitters that can hit well from either side of the plate, but not many can throw a ball effectively from both the right and left arm.
Delta State head baseball coach Mike Kinnison is one of those individuals that can throw from either hand.
Kinnison's abilities have always made an impression on his former coach and Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Dave "BooFerriss, who is also ambidextrous.

Coach's Corner with Mike Kinnison - YouTube

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Parker Caston, Bayou Academy


Parker Caston, switch pitcher   (photo Bolivar Commercial)
Cleveland, MS
Bayou Academy (Class of 2016)

Ht/Wt: 6ft, 220 lbs
Positions: 1B, 3B, LHP/RHP
Bats: Both
Throws: Both

Naturally right-handed
Glove: Akadema six-fingered ambidextrous glove

Velocity: 85 RHP, 77 LHP (not verified)
Pitches: Fastball, curve, changeup from both sides

Other Sport: Football


Being ambidextrous makes Caston a threat on the diamond
by Andy Collier, The Bolivar Commercial, 26 June 2015


The ability to throw effectively with both the right and left hands can enable a baseball player to be very versatile.
Bayou Academy baseball standout Parker Caston has made great use of his ambidexterity. Caston plays third base, first base and pitcher. Caston throws right-handed when he plays third base and left-handed when he plays first base. Hell use either hand when he pitches. He uses different gloves when he plays first and third and a six-fingered glove that he can put on either hand when he pitches.
The 17-year-old said he discovered he could throw with either arm at a young age playing a little catch in the yard.
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ryan Perez - MLB Draft 2015

Switch pitcher Perez signs with the Cleveland Indians!


Switch pitcher Ryan Perez of Judson University in Illinois was drafted in the 12th-round of

Perez can reach 93 mph with both arms. He uses an Akadema six-fingered ambidextrous glove that has two thumb slots.

In the first round of the draft, 3 LHP and 12 RHP were selected. Why not select a hard-throwing switch pitcher who was the MVP of the Cape Cod League?

Switch-pitching Scrapper Perez makes pro debut

Published: 

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Earlier this baseball season, Oakland’s Pat Venditte became just the second major-leaguer to pitch with both arms in a game.  The Indians hope that 12th round pick and current Scrapper Ryan Perez will follow suit someday as a switch-pitcher.
Perez tops out at 94 miles per hour from the left side, and 93 mph from the right.

MLB Draft 2015: Cleveland Indians select ambidextrous pitcher Ryan Perez in 12th round

By Matt Lyons, Let's Go Tribe, 10 June 2015

Less than a week after switch pitcher Pat Venditte made his MLB debut with the Oakland Athletics, the Cleveland Indians have drafted their own ambidextrous hurler, Ryan Perez, with their 12th round pick of the draft. Similar to Vendittie, Perez is capable of switching his throwing arm in the middle of a game or an at-bat and pitching extremely well from both sides. Read More

Draft prospect Perez follows Venditte's path

Switch-pitcher may be picked next week after building reputation in Cape League

By Phil Rogers / MLB.com

The trail has been blazed.
Pat Venditte, baseball's first truly ambidextrous Major League pitcher since Tony Mullane, who retired in 1894, joined the A's on Friday after eight seasons in the Minor Leagues and recorded two scoreless innings in Oakland's 4-2 loss in Boston.

The wait for the next pitcher of this kind might not be nearly as long -- not if Ryan Perez can help it.
"This sort of puts my name up there as well,'' Perez said of Venditte's promotion. "It's good for him and for me. I'm excited.''
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.

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Both-hander battles at Pre-Draft

By Jeff Dahn / perfectgame.com, 18 May 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – When Ryan Perez showed up at the Roger Dean Stadium Complex in Jupiter, Fla., in late October 2011 to pitch for the Chicago Scouts Association squad at the PG WWBA World Championship, he arrived as somewhat of a novelty.
Perez, who calls Hampshire, Ill., home and who was just a couple of months into his senior year at Westminster Christian High School, was listed in the event program as a BHP – a both-handed pitcher. The uninitiated may have indeed seen it as a novelty – maybe even a gimmick – but Perez was very serious about what he was doing.
“I’ll try to go as far with this as I can,” Perez told PG almost four years ago. “It gives a lot of the scouts an option. I can start or close both ways and do basically whatever they want.”
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Judson's Ryan Perez a prospect with either arm or both


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."


Ryan Perez Bio >>
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ambidextrous pitcher at Vanderbilt

Aubrey McCarty
photo: Vandy Baseball
Who is the ambidextrous pitcher from Vanderbilt?

Aubrey McCarty is the switch pitcher at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.


McCarty is also a switch hitter and has the skills to play first base. 

He grew up in Doerun, Georgia and started throwing both ways when he was 11-years-old. 

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio

Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (K/BB)

After watching Thomas Eshelman from Cal State Fullerton pitch against Vanderbilt in the College World Series, it made me curious to know how good are the K/BB ratios at different levels. A higher ratio of strikes-to-walks indicates better command of the strike zone. So, I did some quick research and this is what I found.

Thomas Eshelman leads NCAA in K/BB ratio (photo: ESPN)

Here are few pitchers who command the strike zone ...


Pro

Phil Hughes, RHP - Twins
11.63 K/BB (Sep 2014)

Hughes breaks strikeout-to-walk record - MLB.com


Micheal Pineda, NYY
8.67 K/BB, 3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP (June 2015)

Corey Kluber, CLE
6.17 K/BB, 3.54 ERA, 1.15 WHIP (June 2015)

Chris Archer, TB
5.38 K/BB, 2.00 ERA, 0.94 WHIP  (June 2015)

best strikeout-walk ratio - ESPN.com


College

Thomas Eshelman, RHP - Cal State Fullerton
19.9 K/BB (139K/7BB in 2015)
Control Freak: The college pitcher who walks alone in baseball history

Division I teams

Cal State Fullerton
4.91 K/BB (2015)


TCU
3.86 K/BB (2015)

UCLA
3.56 K/BB (2015)

Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio | DI Baseball Statistics - NCAA.com


High School

Henry Knight, switch pitcher - Seattle
12 K/BB (during 4 years on varsity)

Brett Kolacki, switch pitcher - Midlothian, Illinois
4.8 K/BB ratio (junior & senior seasons)

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