If you didn’t get a chance yet, take a minute to read today’s story about Iona Prep senior Alex Adami, the star righty who began pitching in relief this year â€” left-handed.
This is one of the more remarkable stories I’ve worked on, something that started by chance when Adami was a kid and became more and more real over time. We put together a video feature for last night’s Varsity Central Extra, which you can check out here. (As assist to photog Seth Harrison and videographer Andrew Becker, who came through with the pictures.)
You can see to your left and right that Adami is legit. I watched him throw lefty for a few minutes on Wednesday and left the field astonished. To date, I’ve probably seen him pitch five times righty, and watching him do it as a southpaw throws off your equilibrium a little. He quickly evolves from a power pitcher into a finesse pitchers, like Smoltz and Glavine wrapped into one body. Wait till Mount, Stepinac and Fordham have a look. They’ve seen him way more than I have the past four years, but probably won’t be ready for this.
Adami’s ability to pitch from both sides will be tested the next couple months, but he’s been nearly perfect so far, tossing 2 2/3 IP lefty and 7 IP righty, all without allowing a run. Adami saved his own victory last Thursday against Scarsdale, then followed by pitching from both sides on Tuesday against Cardinal Hayes. (And if you don’t think it matters too much, consider that it allowed him to throw 3 2/3 IP Tuesday â€” on his throw day! â€” and he’s starting today at home against Mount.)
From what I can gather, this switch-pitching won’t have many limitations. As you can read in the story, CHSAA pitchers do not have innings limits. He also will be permitted to switch arms during an inning, just not during a given at-bat.
Last year, Iona’s ace threw 50 IP. If he can toss four extra innings lefty a week over an 8-week season, Adami’s looking at an 80-plus inning season. At that rate, and pitching against the CHSAA’s wood bats, we could be in store for something truly special.
Anyway, if anyone has questions, let ’em fly. It’s an incredibly interesting topic, for sure.