Switch-pitching Scrapper Perez makes pro debut

Mahoning Valley Scrappers Switch-Pitcher Ryan Perez

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.

The Judson University product throws four pitches from each side..including a fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup.

Helping his craft, a custom-made glove with six fingers that works with both hands…with a pocket in the middle. The specialized glove costs an estimated $700.00.

Switch-pitching goes back to age 3 for Perez. It’s a skill he hopes will eventually land him a spot on the pitching staff in Cleveland.

Perez made his first professional appearance Monday night in Batavia.  He struck out the lone better he faced…pitching with his left-hand.

The Scrappers will play their 2015 home opener Thursday at 7PM at Eastwood Field against the State College Spikes.

Here are the rules regarding ambidextrous pitchers according to the MLB 2015 Official Baseball rules:

A pitcher must indicate visually to the umpire-in-chief, the batter and any runners the hand with which he intends to pitch, which may be done by wearing his glove on the other hand while touching the pitcher’s plate. The pitcher is not permitted to pitch with the other hand until the batter is retired, the batter becomes a runner, the inning ends, the batter is substituted for by a pinch-hitter or the pitcher incurs an injury. In the event a pitcher switches pitching hands during an at-bat because he has suffered an injury, the pitcher may not, for the remainder of the game, pitch with the hand from which he has switched. The pitcher shall not be given the opportunity to throw any preparatory pitches after switching pitching hands. Any change of pitching hands must be indicated clearly to the umpire-in-chief.

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