People of Lafayette: ambidextrous pitcher reaches State Quarterfinal


photo courtesy of Dave Condit

In a game against Lindbergh April 18, senior PJ Rogan was on the bump for the Lancers for four innings. While the Lancers lost this game, when they faced Lindbergh the next day, they won 17-3. Going into the May 27 State Quarterfinal game, they are 20-12-1 overall.

Cannon Stuckey

As an ambidextrous pitcher, senior PJ Rogan has faced struggles in his seasons on the mound. In previous seasons, he would face the problem of not being able to use both of his arms in one game because of the pitch count limit rules.  

“MSHSAA rules have no special exceptions for both-handed pitchers. I get 105 pitches just like any other pitcher. In reality, I could throw 210 pitches,” Rogan said. 

Ambidextrous-handed pitchers, also called switch pitchers,  are used to the benefit of teams because it adds more depth to a team’s pitching rotation. The MLB has had less than 10 switch pitchers in its history. Being ambidextrous has greatly affected Rogan. 

“I never thought that being an ambidextrous pitcher would have such a big impact on the player I am today, ” he said

Rogan is a three-season athlete, playing football in the fall basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring. In each sport, he utilizes his ambidextrous ability to his advantage. Baseball is the only sport in which he can’t completely use his unique skill because of MSHSAA rules. Despite the pitching limitations, Rogan is prepared for a future in baseball.

He has signed a letter of intent to play for Parkland College next year.

“Baseball is my passion and I am going to continue playing it in college. I think that the Parkland Cobras will allow me to succeed while getting a great education. Going to junior college can open up so many opportunities for me to play at a higher level, “ said Rogan

Having played the most innings out of any Lafayette pitchers, Rogan and his team will play Jackson in the State Quarterfinal game May 27 in Jackson. The game is at 2:15 p.m. and can be viewed via livestream here MSHSAA TV.