Bryan Mitchell is one of the Yankees more promising pitching prospects. We ranked him at No. 13 on our list and he has a good chance to crack the top 10 by this offseason with a strong finish this year.
Bill Ballew of MiLB.com recently caught up with Mitchell and asked him about his season, what he’s working to improve, and his decision to sign with the Yankees out of high school. It’s a great read that you should check out. Here is an excerpt:
Scouts have loved Mitchell’s live arm since his high school days in Reidsville, N.C. As with any young hurler whose pitches tend to jump from his hand, his command has been inconsistent. His fastball resides in the 93-94 mph range and displays outstanding late tailing action. His overhand curveball is considered to be one of the best in the Yankees’ organization, while his changeup has made impressive strides thus far in 2012.
“The key for me is keeping a good rhythm and smoothing out my delivery,” Mitchell said. “I need to keep the same arm slot and same release with every pitch. It all gets down to consistency and having the ability to repeat my mechanics. I feel like the command of all three of my pitches has gotten better progressively. My changeup is coming along. That was my main goal coming into the season, to improve the consistency of my changeup.”
Mitchell grew up wanting to play professional baseball. Scouts loved his potential in high school but were concerned about his strong commitment to pitch for the University of North Carolina. As a result, he fell to the Yankees in the 16th round and wound up signing for a reported bonus of $800,000.
Mitchell, 21, is now in Low-A Charleston and has a 3.75 ERA, a 9.7 K/9, and a 4.8 BB/9. This is first full year as a professional player and his numbers are good. He’s going to have to improve his command and add a fourth pitch if he’s going to continue on the track of a front end starter. For right now though, he’s somebody to be excited about. Check out Ballew’s piece.