MMN Draft Profile: Andrew Mitchell, LHP

By Matt Mancuso

October 23, 2018 No comments

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LHP Andrew Mitchell

Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 190 DOB: 10/23/94 (23)

School: Auburn University (Senior)

Stats: Senior Year – 16 G/10 GS, 50 IP, 42 H, 24 ER, 21 BB, 62 K, 4.29 ERA

2018 (Kingsport/Brooklyn) 18 G, 23 IP, 21 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 32 K, 1.17 ERA

Background

The Mets selected left-hander Andrew Mitchell in 14th round of the 2018 draft with the 410th overall pick from Auburn University.

If you’re just looking at results, Mitchell was not a smart pick. Throughout his college career, Mitchel struggled to prevent runs and fine-tune his command. Despite his ugly college ERA (5.01 ERA), some of his other numbers were promising.

While performing as both a starter and a reliever, his K/9 in his final season with Auburn was an impressive 11.09. Since he was red-shirted as a freshman, he was one of the oldest players selected in this draft.

Scouting Report

If you delve deeper into Mitchell’s numbers, you’ll find a reliever who has gotten off to a terrific start in his pro career. He’s retired 17 out of first 20 lefty batters, 10 of them via strikeout.

In his ten relief appearances with Kingsport, he pitched to 0.75 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. He’s found a way to limit the free passes with a 5.33 K/BB ratio. Due to his impressive start to his pro career, he’s earned a deserving promotion to the Cyclones, where’s he gotten off to a fine start.

During his eight appearances for Brooklyn, he allowed only two earned run in 11 innings with 16 strikeouts compared to only three walks.

Mitchell isn’t your stereotypical hard-throwing reliever. He tops out in the low-90’s, but gets plenty of movement with his fastball. His off-speed pitches include a nasty curveball that drops off well.

Development

Given his age, Mitchell is a guy you could see the Mets quickly as a potential LOOGY. The main issue possibly stunting the growth of Mitchell is his lack of control.