Thursday, June 30, 2016

Top High School Switch Pitchers 2016

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

Switch Pitchers - Class of 2016

Over the past decade, there have been a few players who pitched with both arms in high school baseball games. Switch pitchers are extremely rare, since it takes coordination, dedication and a lot of practice. 

Most of these ambidextrous pitchers were inspired by major league switch pitcher Pat Venditte who now plays for Toronto.

Check out the list of ambidextrous high school baseball players from the class of 2016. Two switch pitchers have already signed to play for Division 1 baseball teams.


Carter Kieboom, Walton HS, Marietta, Georgia
Kieboom is a tall thin infielder who has the ability to pitch with both arms and bats right-handed. He throws 86 mph RHP, and 80 mph LHP. His older brothers played college baseball, and one was drafted as a catcher by the Nationals. 

2016 MLB Draft: #28 pick in the first round by the Washington Nationals

College commitment: Clemson University - Tigers

Joe Santoro, Carmel Catholic HS 2016, Illinois
Joe Santoro is a rare talent, as he is a smooth pitcher who can throw with either arm, similar to Ryan Perez, who pitched at Westminster Christian HS. Santoro bats left-handed and plays outfield left-handed. FB: 86-87 (source: Prep Baseball Report
College commitment: Army  

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Uncommitted Players:

Nick BohannanFort Zumwalt North HS, O'Fallon, Missouri

Bohannan was featured on TV in 2011 as a 13-year-old Ambidextrous Pitcher. He plays basketball and baseball in high school. For switch pitching, he uses a custom Mizuno ambidextrous glove. Check out Nick Bohannan's profile.
Brock Mammoser, Newton Community HS, Newton, Illinois
A rare 4-sport athlete in high school, Mammoser participates in football, basketball, track and baseball for the Newton Eagles. He's a quarterback, point guard, pole vaulter and switch pitcher! Mammoser scored over 1,000 points playing basketball at Newton.

JT McDonnellSan Marino HS, California

McDonnell was featured in a TV report as a right-hander who started throwing left-handed when he was 9 years old. JT throws a good curve ball from both sides. Uses a custom 6-finger Mizuno glove for switch pitching.


How rare are ambidextrous pitchers?

Chances of a switch pitcher playing in college >>


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Carter Kieboom BHP - Marietta, GA

Carter Kieboom  (Pronounced KEE-boom)
Carter Kieboom BHP  
(photo: @Big_BOOM5)

Hometown: Marietta, GA

Walton High School (Class of 2016)

College Commitment:
   Clemson University

2016 MLB Draft: #28 first round
Washington Nationals

Summer Team: East Cobb Yankees

Positions: 3B/SS/BHP

Height/Weight: 6-2, 185 lbs.
Bats: Right
Throws: Both

Velocity:  RHP: 86 mph; LHP: 80 mph
Dominant Hand: right

Carter Kieboom is a tall thin infielder from Marietta, Georgia who has the ability to pitch with both arms. Here's what the scouts are saying about his ability to switch pitch ...

"Both handed pitcher, more natural from the right side, quick right arm from a high three quarters arm slot, good spin on 11-5 curveball, fastball up to 85. From the left side he pitches from a three quarter arm slot with an online delivery and an extended release, less smooth and natural from the left side but was effective from both sides with a fastball up to 80 from the left side." - Perfect Game USA

Kieboom selected in the 2016 MLB Draft
28 Washington Nationals
3B Carter Kieboom, Walton High School (GA)
The Clemson commit is said to have good power and hit tools to go with a strong arm from third base (he's actually been a shortstop in high school but he profiles as a third baseman in the pros). There are some good bloodlines here, as Kieboom's brother (Spencer) plays in the Nationals system and yet another brother is playing for the University of Georgia. Carter is known as one of the best pure high school hitters in the draft, especially being singled out for his maturity at such a young age. Oh, and this is an awesome baseball name, no?

Nats go against recent history with early 2016 draft picks
By Noah Frank | @NoahFrankWTOP, June 10, 2016
“Very good tools, from above average to solid average, Kline said. “[He’s] going to be a really good big leaguer.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder from Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia batted a solid, if not overwhelming .366 as a senior, but notched an excellent .504 on-base percentage. He hit five homers and stole seven bases, decent numbers in a short high school season that could easily double or even triple in a full season of pro ball. That makes Kieboom something of the anti-Giolito or Fedde, a safe, reliable pick with a higher floor and lower ceiling.
Interestingly, Kieboom also pitched from both sides of the plate in high school, much like history-making hurler Pat Venditte, whom we profiled last season upon his arrival in the Major Leagues. Unfortunately for the ambidextrous pitching enthusiasts among us, it doesn’t appear that we’ll have the chance to see him continue to do so as a professional.

Game Highlight
March 19, 2014

MARIETTA — Jason Rooks’ bloop single into right field scored Carter Kieboom from second in the 10th inning, giving Walton a 5-4 victory over Woodstock in a Region 5AAAAAA game Tuesday at Raider Mountain.

Kieboom led off the 10th with a walk and reached second on Henry Rowling’s sacrifice bunt. After a groundout, Rooks connected with a full-count pitch and hit it over Woodstock second baseman Dalton Delay, allowing Kieboom to slide in with the game-winning run.

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Freshman Rooks provides walk off hit for Raiders 

In Their Own Words: A Conversation with Under Armour All-American Carter Kieboom
Matthew Lund, 15 Aug 2015,

BF: We’ve heard that you’re not only talented with the bat and in the field, but that you can also throw left-handed and right-handed. What’s the story on that?

CK: I started when I was younger playing, I would always go in the cage with my Dad and any ball that went to back of cage, I would hold the bat with my right hand and throw the baseball with my left hand and I would play catch with my brothers with the football and throw it with my left hand. Over the years, I started acclimating that kind of throwing motion from the left side and got a little more serious with it when I turned 14. I got the six-finger glove and from there its kind of just been a fun thing to do, I don’t pitch much but its just a unique thing I’m able to do.

BF: What do opponents think about seeing you being able to throw both left and right?

CK: They don’t realize it at first, they all have a puzzled look on their face, not sure if I’m the same pitcher, they all kind of say, “here’s a new pitcher”, then they say “oh no, its not a new pitcher, its the same kid.” I mean, its pretty funny, its always fun to go out there and be able to throw both ways and see people’s reaction.

Read more

Carter Kieboom Baseball Profile | Perfect Game USA

Carter Kieboom's (Marietta, GA) High School Timeline -

CARTER KIEBOOM: 2015 UA All-America Pre-Season Tournament

Carter Kieboom (of Marietta, GA) was named the #1 prospect among 2016 graduates at the 2015 Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament in Mesa, AZ at Cubs Park.

Carter Kieboom (@Big_BOOM5) | Twitter

A Baseball Family ....

Alswinn Kieboom, his father, played baseball at Eastern Illinois.

Spencer Kieboom @KieBOOM22 Current player in the Washington Nationals organization (fifth round pick in 2012 as a catcher); Former Clemson baseball player.

Trevor Kieboom - 3B Georgia Baseball team


Friday, June 17, 2016

Pat Venditte "Switch-Pitcher" Bobblearms


The Blue Jays' ambidextrous pitcher inspires a 'bobblearms' figurine
Catch a glimpse of that "bobblearms" toy that the Single-A Staten Island Yankees will give out to 2,500 fans, commemorating Venditte's 2008 debut that resulted in an actual rulebook modification.