Player: Andrew Mitchell
Drafted by: Chicago White Sox (No. 123 overall)
DOB: 11/9/1991 (Age: 21)
Height/Weight: 6'3"/225 lbs
Previously Drafted: Never Drafted
Mitchell has always been a pitcher with a very good arm, but he only got to show it off in short bursts as a freshman throwing out of the bullpen. He converted to the rotation last season, though he also threw 10 games in relief this year, and has maintained his power while also proving himself to be very durable in a six or seven-inning stretch.
TCU is a school that does not always take care of pitchers, often letting them throw well over 100 pitches per game, even in high-stress situations, so that could be a red flag for some teams in the first round. But the combination of size and stuff makes Mitchell a compelling pick.
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Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 is average, with the current score first and projected score second.
Big, durable workhorse-type frame; limited experience as a starter; could take him longer than usual to stretch out to 180 innings; a lot of effort in delivery that leads to command issues and could limit future role to bullpen; very good arm speed, though doesn't make good use of thick lower half; three-quarter angle.
Above-average velocity as a starter (91-94), but will throw harder out of the bullpen; very good movement thanks to arm angle; command inconsistent, which is a red flag for a college starter; if control improves, pitch could tick up to plus offering in the big leagues.
Power curveball with velocity (81-84) and hard, sharp bite down in the zone; will miss bats as a starter or reliever; excellent feel for the pitch already; not afraid to throw it in any count; could be go-to pitch in a one-inning stint; already above-average pitch that projects plus.
Easily worst pitch in arsenal, though fastball and curveball are so good that's not a huge concern; lacks consistent feel and release point for the changeup; easy to pick up out of his hand and will slow arm down slightly; will have to become average pitch to start.
Never had good control of any pitch; fastball shows flashes, but release point tends to be all over the place; has walked 107 in 197 career innings at college; inability to throw strikes keeps him out of first round.
Much more thrower than pitcher at this point; arm action and stiff leg mechanics keep ball moving all over the place; has enough natural movement on pitches to get swings and misses, but will have to start locating to turn a lineup over three times; command likely to always be on the fringe at peak.
MLB Player Comparison: Brandon Morrow
Projection: Mid-rotation stuff if he can clean up his delivery, or late-inning reliever in a worst-case scenario.
MLB ETA: 2016
Chances of Signing: 85%
In a draft heavy on college right-handed pitching, Mitchell represents one of the best potential bargains. He would be best served by getting into professional baseball now, seeing what coaches can do with his delivery and release point and determining whether or not he can make it as a starter.
His stock is about as high as it will get, with the possibility of going very late in the first round or in the supplemental round. Given his skill set, Mitchell would be wise to take the signing bonus and work on building his arm up to handle a starter's workload.