College Baseball: Ambidextrous Pitcher Starts Saturday In NCAA Tournament

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Written By Giovanni Shorter | Last Updated
Ambidextrous Pitcher

In college baseball, there is a switch pitcher at Mississippi State. His name is Jurrangelo Cijntje, and he is likely on the mound in Game 2 of the Bulldogs’ NCAA Tournament Regional on Saturday. You can find odds for the game on our college baseball betting page. Being ambidextrous, Cijntje has 90+ mile-per-hour speed with both arms.

Jurrangelo Cijntje Stats

So, how good is this ambidextrous pitcher?

Cijntje has been dominating for the Bulldogs this season, with an 8-2 record and 3.55 ERA in 15 starts. The star pitcher has 108 strikeouts in 83.2 innings played. Opposing hitters have just a .207 batting average against him.

He is currently projected to be a first-round pick in the MLB Draft.

How Fast Can Cijntje Throw With Each Arm?

Jurrangelo Cijntje is a natural lefty who began throwing with his right arm when practicing with his father at a young age. Because of this, Cijntje is now skilled with both arms, forcing batters to face their weaker splits.

His fastball reportedly can reach 99 mph from the right and mid-90s from the left. His breaking ball hovers around 80 mph right-handed and 75 with the left.

As a switch pitcher, the Bulldogs have full matchup advantages. If he faces a right-handed batter, he pitches right. If a left-handed batter comes to the mount, he switches to his left hand. This keeps Mississippi State’s defense at an advantage in most matchups.

Ambidextrous Pitcher History

In the MLB, there has only been one true switch pitcher in the last two centruies. That is Pat Venditte who regularly pitched with both arms during his five season career in the majors from 2015 to 2020.

Greg A. Harris was a switch pitcher who played in the major leagues from 1981 to 1995. However, Harris did not pitch with his left hand until the penultimate game of his career.

Larry Kimbrough of the Negro League was a natural lefty who learned to throw right-handed when recovering from an injury as a child. He both batted and threw with both arms during his career spanning 1942 to 1948.

Way back in the 19th century, there were four notable switch pitchers: Tony Mullane, Elton Chamberlain, Larry Corcoran, and George Wheeler. These pitchers were all known to have thrown with both arms on occasion but regularly threw with their dominant arm. Being a true switch-pitcher is a rarity.

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