#33 Matt Mitchell
Ht/ Wt: 6-2/205
Drafted: 14th Round of 2007 Rule IV Draft
School: Barstow HS (CA)
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.