Saturday, January 9, 2010

Top Prospects: #33 Matt Mitchell

#33 Matt Mitchell

Age: 20
Ht/ Wt: 6-2/205
B/T: R/R
Drafted: 14th Round of 2007 Rule IV Draft
School: Barstow HS (CA)
ETA: 2014

Entering the season Baseball America had Mitchell rated as the 21st best prospect in the organization knowing that he would miss the entire 2009 season with Tommy John surgery. I have him ranked here, just outside the top 30 because he is a former fourteenth round pick and due to an arm injury his progression through the system has taken a hit. Baseball America does see one positive to Mitchell's injury and they predict that he will improve the velocity of his 90 mph pre-injury fastball. This is especially good for Mitchell because as BA stated in last year's handbook (which I strongly suggest) he will have trouble reaching the majors if his velocity doesn't improve. Mitchell also boasts good control for his age, an above average changeup and a curveball that has the potential to be another above average pitch.

I expect Mitchell to start the 2010 season in extended spring training and then eased into a rotation spot at one of the Royals' single A affiliates.

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