Sox fans should keep a close eye on former No. 1 pick Jared Mitchell

Sox fans should keep a close eye on former No. 1 pick Jared Mitchell

The final two days of SoxFest 2013 had tidbits aplenty.

There was Frank Thomas's one-man campaign for putting himself in the Hall of Fame, the revelation that the White Sox are going to stress more contact and situational hitting, the fact that third baseman Brent Morel is making progress and is still in the picture and entertaining seminars featuring the 1983 "Winning Ugly" Sox and the 2005 World Champs headlining the activity.

Perhaps the best news from the weekend Sox lovefest revolved around the comments by General Manager Rick Hahn concerning 2009 first round draft pick Jared Mitchell, who played both baseball and football at LSU and was the MVP of that year's College World Series for his champion Tigers.

"The best news I have about Mitchell, and Robin (Ventura) can attest to this, too, is that after Buddy Bell returned from Instructional League this year, he wouldn't shut up about where Jared is...Guys who have been working with him since he arrived here are starting to get that excitement in their voice. He has a ton of tools and it was always a matter at first of how quickly that development would happen...The injury now seems behind him."

This is certainly positive news. For a while it seemed that the promising outfielder would be an after-thought and never fully recover from the torn tendon in his ankle that he suffered during 2010 spring training.

With the 25-man roster pretty much set and minimal competition expected in Glendale  this spring, the emergence of Jared Mitchell will be a fun story to follow. And there's now reason to believe that the multi-talented 24-year-old still might justify being the club's top pick in the draft--the same draft that saw Angels' phenom Mike Trout selected two spots after the Sox chose Mitchell.

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