White Sox Take LSU Outfielder Mitchell in First Round

James CardisContributor IJune 9, 2009

CHICAGO - JUNE 08: Manager Ozzie Guillen #13 of the Chicago White Sox calls for a relief pitcher as he removes starting pitcher Clayton Richard #54 from a game against the Detroit Tigers as A.J. Pierzynski #12 looks to the bullpen on June 8, 2009 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Tigers defeated the White Sox 5-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jared Mitchell, a two-sport athlete at Louisiana State University, has been selected by the Chicago White Sox as the 23rd pick in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Mitchell is the first LSU ballplayer to be drafted in the first round of the MLB draft since Aaron Hill was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2003.

As an outfielder for the LSU Tigers, Mitchell batted .325 in 201 at-bats with an on-base percentage of .471 on the 2009 season. Mitchell walked 52 times, struck out 62 times, and stole 35 bases out of 44 attempts.

The 6'0", 192 lb. Mitchell was considered to be the most athletic college player available in the draft. He is a wide receiver for the LSU Tigers football team. Mitchell throws and bats left-handed.

The Minnesota Twins selected Jared Mitchell in the 10th round of the 2006 MLB draft. Mitchell declined to sign with the Twins, choosing instead to play baseball and football on a scholarship from LSU. 

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