Jared Mitchell

Jared MitchellPosition: OF
Born: 10/13/88
Ht: 6'0" Wt: 190 B-T: L-L
Acquired: Drafted 1st Round in 2009 from LSU (23rd overall)
Career Stats

 

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #5 - 2009 Midseason
  • #6 - 2009 Postseason
  • #5 - 2010 Preseason
  • #5 - 2010 Midseason
  • #4 - 2010 Postseason
  • #5 - 2011 Midseason
  • #11 - 2012 Preseason
  • #3 - 2012 Midseason
  • #11 - 2013 Preseason

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • 2010 White Sox Fastest Baserunner (Baseball America)
  • 2010 White Sox Best Athlete (Baseball America)
  • 2010 White Sox Best Defensive Outfielder (Baseball America)
  • 2011 White Sox Best Athlete (Baseball America)
  • 2012 White Sox Best Athlete (Baseball America)
  • FutureSox Hitter of the Month - April 2012
  • 2012 Southern League All-Star Game

Scouting report

The first thing to mention about Mitchell is his superb speed. His MLB.com draft day scouting report said "Everything about his game, except his speed, is a projection." He was raw for a three-year college player (having also played football), but is an excellent athlete. Mitchell showed a lot of improvement each year as a member of the LSU baseball team (that also won a national title) and was named Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series. Mitchell tore a tendon in his left ankle after crashing into the wall in spring training 2010, forcing him to miss the whole season. He returned to action in the Arizona Fall League that year and showed his rust. Since then Mitchell has shown signs of returning to form. He swings under a lot of balls, racking up strikeouts (a 30.8% K rate at AA, and an alarming 37.6% in AAA in 2012). He has hit for decent power as a pro, even hitting 48 extra base hits in 2012. His walk rate is good, but a knock on him is that he can be too passive at the plate. Defensively, his speed allows for him to cover a lot of ground in centerfield with a decent arm. On the base paths, he hasn't been fully unleashed but he was 21/27 in steals in 2012 and 17/23 in 2013. Mitchell has struggled mightily against lefties and hasn't made up for it enough against righties. His 2013 season was an absolute disaster. After hitting .132 with a .442 OPS in 65 plate appearances with Charlotte before getting demoted to Birmingham, where he hit .174 with a 572 OPS in 291 PA. He had a lot of upside, but the production hasn't been there other than his pro debut for Kannapolis in 2009 and a respectable 96-game stint in AA in 2012. Mitchell teased Sox fans with a stand out Arizona Fall League in 2013 (.304/.425/.580 in 87 PA).

Major League Outlook: Fourth outfielder
ETA: 2015, if ever

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