Jon Morgan Shields, Ambidextrous Pitcher
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The road to high-level athletics isn’t an easy one. Jon Morgan Shields (2023), Ambidextrous Pitcher did not take the commonly-traveled road in high-level baseball. Now having been in several high level organizations, including 4th / Final level NTIS 15u (USA Baseball in Cary, NC), Bandidos, EvoShield Canes, Adidas 2022 National Team (in Phoenix), he began to form his ambidextrous skill set at the age of seven years old. When his father and coach of his travel team, Scott Morgan Shields, was short of infielders he looked to his son. Being a natural Left-Handed pitcher, his dad purchased a right hand glove and asked his son to throw both ways. In about a year, Jon was the team's second baseman competing at the top level of a his age in baseball. Soon thereafter, Jon began integrating his right arm into pitching, and his dad purchased his first ambidextrous glove. He since has upgraded this glove to the same one used by MLB ambidextrous player, Pat Venditte, now in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization*. Jon has modeled himself after several pitchers, but greatly admires Pay Venditte for making into the MLB, and pioneering switch pitching.
* For an 2017 interview of Pat Venditte, press here.
For a video of Pat Venditte against a switch hitter, which caused creation of the Venditte Rule, press here
To read about and understand the Venditte Rule, press here.