Friday, December 30, 2016

Most Popular Posts in 2016

Season Highlights


Cubs win the 2016 World Series!
Perhaps the top sports story in 2016

Pat Venditte switch pitcher for Toronto was traded to Seattle. Venditte landed up as a bullpen pitcher for my hometown Seattle Mariners.

Carter Kieboom BHP - Marietta, GA
2016 MLB Draft: #28 first round pick by the Washington Nationals

Angel Macias who threw a perfect game in the 1957 LLWS was a popular post about a young switch pitcher. In 2016, there was another ambidextrous pitcher in the LLWS, but sadly he really struggled with his command.

In the offseason, weighted ball programs and increasing velocity is a big focus of readers. Enjoy the list.


Top Ten Posts




Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Forrest Weaver - college coach / ambidextrous pitcher



Forrest Weaver Ambidextrous Pitcher in college. Mainly throws left-handed.


Forrest Weaver
Hometown: Newalla, Oklahoma
Height and Weight: 5’9″/ 150lbs
Bats/Throws: L/S
Primary Position(s): Relief pitcher / Closer

2014/2015: Pitching Coach, Southwestern Christian University (Profile)
2014: Southwestern Christian University (NAIA)
2011-2013: Oklahoma Wesleyan University (NCCAA)


Forrest Weaver Bio – Ambitious young head coach and ambidextrous pitcher

At only the age of 23, Forrest  Weaver has a surprisingly lengthly coaching resume with experience as a head coach at the high school level and as a pitching coach at his former college Southwestern Christian University.

He is a rare ambidextrous pitcher who throws in the low 80’s from both the left and the right. From the left he throws a change-up and curveball to compliment his fastball while from the right he mixes in a slider, and change-up.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Konnor Pilkington switched from righty to lefty

Proof that one can change throwing arms at age 10

Ambidextrous pitcher adapts in rotation

Konnor Pilkington has provided Mississippi State with a southpaw option in its starting pitching rotation all season.
However, Pilkington has not always been left-handed. In fact, the freshman is ambidextrous and did not begin to primarily throw with his left hand until around the age of 10.
“When I was little I would throw a baseball right-handed,” Pilkington said. “I’d always hit right-handed too but one day I wanted to try something different so I just started throwing left-handed and got more comfortable throwing that way. It’s the same thing with hitting. I just wanted to be left-handed I guess.”

Note: Konnor is note actually an ambidextrous pitcher, he is a left-handed pitcher who is ambidextrous.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Cubs win the 2016 World Series

Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! 





After 108 years, the Chicago Cubs finally end the drought and win the World Series.

Congrats to the Cubs for battling thru the wonderful 7 game series.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Switch pitcher Pat Venditte in Mariners debut

Pat Venditte shines in his Seattle Mariners debut.

MLB.com August 30, 2016
ARLINGTON -- After a rough start by Hisashi Iwakuma, the Mariners literally switched things up on the Rangers in Monday's 6-3 series-opening loss, with ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte striking out a career-best five in a three-inning relief stint.
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Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte strikes out 5 (3 right, 2 left) in impressive  debut. http://atmlb.com/2cnF1Ht

Saturday, August 27, 2016

BHP Pat Venditte joins the Mariners bullpen

Can't wait to see Venditte warming up in the bullpen at Safeco Field in Seattle. Go Ms!



Patrick Michael Venditte, Jr. is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. After attending Creighton University, Venditte was drafted by the New York Yankees in 2008.

Pat Vendittee profile and stats


Saturday, August 20, 2016

44 Pro Ambidextrous Custom Glove $230




44 Baseball Gloves - new Ambidextrous custom pitcher's glove

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Switch pitcher Jurrangelo Cijntje in Little League World Series

Jurrangelo Cijntje

POSITION:  Pitcher, Infielder

TEAM:  Caribbean


Jurrangelo Cijntje #2
photo: Baseball Factory
Jurrangelo Cijntje, a small ambidextrous pitcher from Curaçao playing in Little League World Series uses two different gloves to throw right- and left-handed. This means that his strategy is to pitch with one arm until he struggles, then he switches gloves to throw with the other arm. He used this strategy in the LLWS.

He started out throwing lefty in his first game against South Korea - but he was wild and walked batters. In fact, he didn't have any command until he changed gloves and started pitching right-handed. This was strange since he is naturally left-handed and you would expect good control with his natural side, but he pitched much better right-handed.

Jurrangelo Cijntje tallied 90 pitches in 4 1/3 innings for an average of 21 pitches per inning which is very high for a starting pitcher. You would expect a starting pitcher to average around 14 pitches per inning to get through a 6 inning game with an 85 pitch limit.

He struck out 6 batters, mainly on high pitches - typical of aggressive Little Leaguers chasing the high fastball.

Breaking the Rules: 
Pitching lefty with the bases loaded in the first, Cijntje threw two balls to a right-handed batter (2-0 count), then the coached called time and brought out another glove so the pitcher could switch to throw right-handed. Switching arms during an at-bat is not allowed in Little League. The pitcher took 8 warmup throws, three tosses behind the mound, then five pitches (against the rules). When a pitcher switches arms they are not allowed warmup throws!

The umpire #77 had to talk with the officials behind the backstop to check on the rules for ambidextrous pitchers (umpire was confused). After a long delay, the pitcher switched gloves again to finish pitching left-handed to the batter. He landed up walking in a run on a 3-1 count. This was a horrible first inning for a starting pitcher.

As a lefty Cijntje threw 13 balls and 5 strikes - without recording an out.
3 walks and HBP - Yikes!


Switch to Right-handed to retire batters...

After switching to pitch right-handed, Cijntje struck out two batters, then hit the next batter - forcing in a run with the bases loaded. Luckily, he got the final batter to hit a weak chopper back to the mound for a 1-3 groundout. Again, he looked much better throwing right-handed.

30 pitches thrown in the 1st inning. He gave up 2 runs without a hit in the inning.

The coach thought that his pitcher was nervous to at the start of the game and it showed.

I like this kid - it takes a lot of practice to throw with both arms, but he didn't show that he was effective throwing left-handed. His pitches were way off the mark. He didn't seem comfortable pitching left-handed against the South Korea team.


Tip - Learn the Rules
Switch Pitching 101: Little League Rule for Ambidextrous Pitchers

Tip - Communicate with the Umpires
Coaches should talk with the umpires before the start of the game to make sure everyone understands the rules for an ambidextrous pitcher. This communication helps the flow of the game.


Time to buy an ambidextrous glove!

A 13 year-old player at this level should use a special glove for switch pitching. The Akadema model would do the trick for a little more the $100. A pitcher can buy a custom ambidextrous glove for only $230.


He was the first ambidextrous pitcher to throw in the LLWS in almost 60 years.

Angel Macias pitched a perfect game in the 1957 Little League World Series


Game Video

Jurrangelo Cijntje from Curaçao makes the fascinating switch from throwing left-handed to throwing right-handed during the middle of the 1st inning.

Watch the video


Curacao hurler throws left and right handed against Seoul in Little League World Series

By John Beauge | Special to PennLive 
on August 19, 2016

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT-A Curacao player did something Friday that has not been done at the Little League World Series in 60 years – pitch both right handed and left.
Jurrangelo Cijntje started the game against Seoul, South Korea, throwing left handed.
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According to Little League, the 85 maximum pitches is for the body not an arm. That is the reason Cijntje could not have switched back to a lefty and kept pitching.
Officials believe he is first ambidextrous pitcher since Angel Macias in 1957 for Monterrey, Mexico. Macias is the only pitcher to hurl a perfect game in the world championship contest.
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Cijntje is a natural left hander, but he struggled to throw strikes and switched to pitch right-handed. After throwing 90 pitches, he switched positions to play shortstop right-handed.


Jurrangelo Cijntje | Stats and Spray Charts | GameChanger


Baseball Factory Scouting Report with Video
PITCHING 1. Throws with both arms (RHP & LHP) 2. Commands the zone 3. Mixes pitches well
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pat Venditte News 2016

Venditte - Blue Jays

Ambidextrous Pat Venditte pitches in the MLB!

  • Patrick Michael Venditte
  • Pronunciation: ven-det-ee
  • Born: 6/30/1985 in Omaha, NE
  • Draft: 2008, New York Yankees, 20th rd. (620th overall)
  • College: Creighton
  • Debut: June 5, 2015

  • Sinker Velocity: 85 mph
  • 5.19 ERA in 8 games (July 2016)



Pat Venditte (PatVenditte) on Twitter

https://twitter.com/PatVenditte


2016 Seattle Mariners

Venditte called up to the Mariners bullpen - Aug 2016

Mariners Acquire Pat Venditte From Blue Jays - MLB Trade Rumors

Current teamTacoma Rainiers (#27 / Pitcher) - Aug 2016


Ambidextrous Venditte presents Rainiers with a challenge and advantage - The Olympian, 11 Aug 2016

In his Rainiers debut on Tuesday, Venditte pitched two relief innings, allowed two hits, no walks and threw two strikeouts — all while switching hands.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/sports/mlb/tacoma-rainiers/article95219657.html#storylink=cpy


2016 Toronto Blue Jays

25 appearances (2-1, 4.37 ERA, 1.49 WHIP) this season with the Triple-A Bison.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/sports/mlb/tacoma-rainiers/article95219657.html#storylink=cpy

Pat Venditte on the 40-man roster
On October 19, 2015, Venditte was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.

In April 2016, Venditte was called up from the minors to play for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Toronto Blue Jays | MLB.com


Twins trying to prepare for Pat Venditte – a switch-pitcher
After making 26 appearances with the Oakland A’s last season, posting a 4.40 earned run average, the 30-year-old Creighton product has a 4.50 ERA through his first six outings for the Blue Jays.


Venditte pitching for the Buffalo Bisons - AAA (April 2016)
See Bio & Stats



Blue Jays' Pat Venditte: Optioned to Triple-A Buffalo April 2016

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte arrives to give Toronto Blue Jays a couple of hands


Blue Jays’ Venditte on switch-pitching: It’s still a work in progress
Sportsnet  MARCH 1, 2016, 8:47 AM
A natural right-hander, Venditte started throwing with his left arm at age three at his father’s behest. It wasn’t until his junior year at Creighton University, however, that he really began seeing results. "It’s still a work in progress," Venditte said.

Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte debuts for Athletics in 2015 
BOSTON -- Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte made his major league debut Friday night after he was called up by the Oakland Athletics before their game against the Boston Red Sox.

Oakland Athletics call up switch-pitcher Pat Venditte - ESPN.com

espn.go.com/mlb/.../oakland-athletics-call-switch-pitcher-pat-venditte

2015 Oakland Athletics, CA

Active Roster - Oakland Athletics



Venditte called up to the big leagues on 5 June 2015

to switch pitch for the Oakland Athletics


Switch-pitcher Venditte makes his MLB debut - YouTube




Pat Venditte, Jr. - A professional Switch PItcher formerly with the New York Yankees organization - signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics (Nov 19, 2014)


2015 Nashville Sounds, Nashville, TN
Class AAA, Affiliation: Oakland Athletics

2015 Stats - Nashville Sounds AAA

1.55 ERA, 29 IP, 28K, 12BB,  1.00 WHIP (as of 24 May 2015)



News Articles

Switch pitcher Pat Venditte is baseball's most fascinating player 


Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte wants to show the Blue Jays he has Major League arms
Ted Berg, USA Today | February 23, 2016
And though Venditte will always have a spot in Major League history as the game’s first full-time switch-pitcher (longtime MLB righty Greg Harris threw lefty against two batters in a game in 1995), he is no longer unique in the professional ranks: The Cleveland Indians used a 12th round pick in the 2015 draft to select Ryan Perez, who boasts low-90s heat from both arms.
Venditte spoke to Perez about their craft while the latter was in high school, and works with another ambidextrous Blue Jays pitcher — Creighton walk-on Alex Trautner — while he’s training in Nebraska in the offseason.
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From the archive...

Two Pitchers in One
by John Strubel, posted in May 2009

“To be successful Pat has to do two things,” said Pat Sr. “Locate his pitches and, two: throw the kind of pitch that will disrupt the batter.”
Agitating the batter shouldn’t be a problem since Venditte throws right-handed … and left-handed. He is ambidextrous, the only pitcher in professional baseball to throw with both arms. He throws two different pitches with his right arm, two more with his left with a sidearm delivery; now, try hitting that.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

3,000 hits for Ichiro

Enjoyed watching Ichiro play for the Seattle Mariners. Congrats on the 3,000 hits!

Look at all the infield hits - this guy could run!



Monday, August 1, 2016

David Ghiloni BHP - Warwick, New York

HS pitcher David Ghiloni

2016 senior at Warwick High School in Warwick, New York
Class of 2017


Height: 5'11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Positions: BHP, SS, OF
Bats: Left
Throws: Both

Glove: Akadema Ambidextrous Glove

Natural Lefty; throws harder left-handed, but has more control right-handed

Bayside Yankee pitcher David Ghiloni, age 17, has been using an ambidextrous glove since age 10. 
He mainly pitches right-handed since he faces more right-handed batters.  He's been throwing with both arms since about 2 years old.

Ghiloni has been clocked at 86 miles per hour as a lefty and 85 as a righty.

Ghiloni said he has several Division III colleges scouting him. Read the articles below for more information. 


Warwick’s switch-pitching wonder baffling batters with rare talent

By Sal Interdonato 

Times Herald-Record, May 1, 2017

WARWICK – David Ghiloni throws half his warm-up tosses left-handed as Washingtonville’s Brett Kalus gets set to lead off the game on Thursday afternoon. Ghiloni switches his six-finger glove into his left hand and throws the rest of the warm-up right-handed.


Dual threat
By Jason Peake jpeake@joplinglobe.com Jul 23, 2016

Ghiloni, who owns a six-finger glove that he can wear on either hand, feels being ambidextrous gives him an edge on his opponents, not only physically, but also mentally.

“Their jaws drop,” Ghiloni said before his New York-based Yankees took on the Rawlings Tigers Orange at Mickey Mantle Field on a warm Friday afternoon. “No one’s seen it before. It messes with everybody’s head. It’s something that most kids can’t do and it’s a good thing to have.”


By Dannie Oliveaux
doliveaux@miaminewsrecord.com
Jul. 24, 2016

What makes Ghiloni special is that he is ambidextrous. He can throw both with his right and left hand.

Ghiloni, the Yankees’ No. 2 pitcher, is naturally left-handed, but has more command pitching with his right hand because he has faced more right-handed batters, according to Cruz.

“It’s amazing he does it as effective as he does,” Cruz said. “He doesn’t walk many guys, he can battle and he can throw. He can throw three consecutive strikes at anytime. I rely on him heavily.”


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Top High School Switch Pitchers 2018


Henry Knight switch pitcher
Henry Knight throws 6 pitches for strikes from both sides

Switch Pitchers - Class of 2018


A few very talented players have the ability to pitch with either arm in high school baseball games. Switch pitchers are extremely rare, since it takes coordination, dedication and a lot of practice. 

Check out the list of ambidextrous high school baseball players from the class of 2018. Two players have already committed to top D1 programs.

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Kristofer ArmstrongThe Benjamin SchoolJupiter, Florida
Armstrong is both a switch pitcher and a switch hitter. A natural right-hander, he started throwing left-handed when he was 9 years old. He plays shortstop and throws 87 mph right-handed. His father, Jack Armstrong, was a professional pitcher for seven years. 
College Commitment: Florida


Anthony Seigler,  Cartersville HS, Cartersville, Georgia
Seigler is an infielder, catcher and pitcher who throws in the high 80s. Switch pitcher on varsity as a freshman, including pitching in a double-header. Also a rare switch hitter.
College Commitment: Auburn


Roland Ryan, Knoxville West HS, Tennessee
Ryan won two games in a day, one throwing left-handed and the other right-handed. The 6'3" 210 lb pitcher has more movement from the left side, but more velocity on the right.


Andrew Wilhite, Stillman Valley HS, Illinois
Wilhite is an ambidextrous thrower who mainly pitches right-handed. Only pitches with one arm in a game. Plays shortstop and hits left-handed.

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