Jul 10th, 2009
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #5 – 2009 Midseason
- #6 – 2009 Postseason
- 2010 White Sox Fastest Baserunner (Baseball America)
- 2010 White Sox Best Athlete (Baseball America)
- 2010 White Sox Best Defensive Outfielder (Baseball America)
The first thing to mention about Mitchell is his superb speed. His MLB.com draft day scouting report said “Everything about his game, except his speed, is a projection.” He is considered raw for a three year college player, but is an excellent athlete. Like previous first rounders Joe Borchard and Josh Fields, he played football in college. Mitchell was a wide receiver for three years at LSU and won a National Title. He showed a lot of improvement each year as a member of the LSU baseball team (that also won a National Title) and was named Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series. He showed a decent amount of power his last year in college, but doesn’t project to be a big power hitter and is still considered raw in terms of power. He swings under a lot of balls and racked up a lot of strikeouts in college. His walk rate is good, but he can be too passive at the plate to work counts. Defensively, he is raw, but his speed allows for him to cover a lot of ground. Like other facets of his game, he could project to be a very good fielder. Mitchell will play centerfield in the minors so he can improve at the position, but some scouts think he may be forced to leftfield. In that case, the problem becomes whether or not he will have the bat to play a corner outfield position. He struggled against lefties in college and in his half year at Kannapolis. Mitchell has a lot of upside, but it’s hard to tell the kind of player he will be in 2-3 years.
Major League Outlook: Anywhere from future leadoff hitter to 6-7 spot in the order.