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Hot-hitting Rademacher once operated as switch-pitcher

Cougars right fielder Bijan Rademacher gave up gimmicks when he entered pro ball.

That doesn't mean he was able to do away with the footage.

A few years before getting drafted by the parent Cubs in the 13th round last summer, Rademacher was a switch-pitcher. Here's a look.

These days, Rademacher throws left-handed and only pitches to save the bullpen when manager Mark Johnson or pitching coach Ron Villone summon him during one-sided games. He turned in a perfect ninth inning Monday in his second relief appearance of the season.

"Whenever MJ or Ron needs me to go out, hey, I'm willing to go out to help our bullpen out," Rademacher said. "Save a couple arms so we can get the valuable Ws, important Ws down the road."

Rademacher officially was batting as the pitcher when he drove in a run in the bottom of the ninth. It's a safe bet that marked the first RBI by a pitcher in the Midwest League this season, as the MWL uses the DH.

– Kevin Druley, kdruley@shawmedia.com


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