Garrett Mitchell
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Mitchell with UCLA
Milwaukee Brewers
Outfielder
Born: (1998-09-04) September 4, 1998 (age 23)
Orange, California
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

Garrett Antony-Charles Mitchell (born September 4, 1998) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Mitchell was selected 20th overall by the Brewers in the 2020 MLB draft.

Early life and high school

Mitchell grew up in Orange, California, and attended the Lutheran High School of Orange County, where he was a four-year member of the varsity baseball team. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at nine years old.[1][2]

Regarded as a top collegiate prospect, Mitchell committed to play at UCLA as a sophomore.[3] He batted .299 with 19 runs and 11 RBIs despite a slow start as a junior. He played in the 2016 Perfect Game All-America Baseball Game and the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game.[4][5][6] Mitchell was drafted in the 14th round (411 overall) of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland Athletics, but he opted not to sign with the team and attend UCLA.[7] Mitchell played summer collegiate baseball after graduating high school for the Walla Walla Sweets of the West Coast League, batting .462 with one home run and four RBIs in 13 at-bats.[8][9]

College career

As a true freshman, Mitchell was named the Bruins starting right fielder and the Preseason Freshman of the Year by Baseball America.[10] Over 44 games, he batted .280 with 44 hits and 31 RBIs, missing time during the season due to health issues.[11][12] Mitchell played summer baseball in the Northwoods League for the Mankato MoonDogs.[13] During his sophomore year in 2019, he batted .349 with 14 doubles, 12 triples (a UCLA single season record), six home runs, 57 runs scored, and 41 RBIs and was named first team All-Pac-12 Conference and a third team All-American by the NCBWA and ABCA.[14][15] Mitchell spent the following summer playing for the United States collegiate national baseball team.[16]

Mitchell entered his junior season on the watch list for the Golden Spikes Award and as a top prospect for the 2020 Major League Baseball draft.[17][18] Mitchell batted .355 with nine RBIs and 18 runs with five stolen bases before the season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.[19]

Professional career

Mitchell was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers with the twentieth overall pick in the 2020 Major League Baseball draft.[20] He signed with the Brewers on July 7 and received a $3.2 million bonus.[21] Mitchell was named to Milwaukee's 2021 Spring Training roster as a non-roster invitee and batted .367 with one home run and six RBIs in 22 games.[22][23]

Mitchell was assigned to the High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to start the 2021 season.[23] He was promoted to the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers in early July after slashing .359/.504/.620 with five home runs, 33 runs scored, 20 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases over 28 games with the Timber Rattlers.[24] Over 35 games with Biloxi to end the season, he batted .186/.291/.264 with three home runs and ten RBIs over 35 games.[25] He missed time during the season due to a leg injury.[26]

Personal life

In 2021, Mitchell married professional softball player Haley Cruse.[27]

References

  1. ^ "On deck: Orange Lutheran High sophomore Mitchell, a Type 1 diabetic, is stealing the spotlight in Orange County". Orange County Register. April 29, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  2. ^ Miller, Doug (June 11, 2017). "SoCal prep prospect Mitchell overcomes adversity". MLB.com. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  3. ^ "Baseball: Orange Lutheran sophomore Garrett Mitchell". Los Angeles Times. July 23, 2014.
  4. ^ Spratling, Shotgun (May 11, 2016). "Garrett Mitchell turns around junior season". 247Sports.com. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  5. ^ "MLB DRAFT: Garrett Mitchell is a "Toolshed"". HEROSports.com. March 7, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  6. ^ "Five standout Orange County players could make history in MLB Draft". Orange County Register. June 7, 2017.
  7. ^ "Four UCLA players picked on final day of MLB draft". Orange County Register. June 14, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  8. ^ "Newest Sweet steps up in 7-0 win over Gresham". Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. June 28, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  9. ^ "Baseball Excels in Summer Leagues". The Daily Bruin. September 18, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  10. ^ "Garrett Mitchell Is A Unique Talent In Many Ways". Baseball America. April 27, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  11. ^ "UCLA baseball's Garrett Mitchell emerging as force on top ranked team". Los Angeles Daily News. 4 April 2019. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  12. ^ Kearns, Jack (June 7, 2018). "Mitchell, one of UCLA's best baseball recruits, thrives despite health issues". The Daily Bruin. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  13. ^ Tay, Jared (June 23, 2019). "Baseball sends Bruins to compete in summer leagues, collegiate national team". The Daily Bruin. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  14. ^ "Potential options for Tigers with top overall pick". Toledo Blade. September 27, 2019. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  15. ^ Olsen, Eric (February 11, 2020). "Ten players to watch in college baseball in 2020". Washington Post. Associated Press. Retrieved February 14, 2020.[dead link]
  16. ^ "Mitchell Invited to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team". USABaseball.com. May 15, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  17. ^ Cavadi, Wayne (February 7, 2020). "1 college baseball player-of-the-year contender at every position for the 2020 season". NCAA.com. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  18. ^ Callis, Jim (August 22, 2019). "These are the best college 2020 Draft prospects". MLB.com. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  19. ^ Nguyen, Thuc Nhi (March 17, 2020). "The coronavirus pandemic has robbed talented junior-filled UCLA baseball's season". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  20. ^ "Garrett Mitchell overcomes concerns about lack of power, Type 1 diabetes to become Brewers' top pick". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. June 11, 2020.
  21. ^ McCalvy, Adam (July 8, 2020). "Brewers sign top pick: 'My hands were shaking'". MLB.com.
  22. ^ "Top prospects Brice Turang, Garrett Mitchell highlight Brewers' non-roster invitees to spring camp". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. February 3, 2021. Retrieved March 12, 2021.
  23. ^ a b Hurley, Scott (April 22, 2021). "Brewers top prospect Mitchell to begin season with Timber Rattlers". Fox11Online.com. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  24. ^ Trujillo, Nick (July 4, 2021). "Garrett Mitchell has career day, earns promotion". MLB.com. Retrieved July 5, 2021.
  25. ^ "Recapping the 2021 MiLB Season for Every UCLA Baseball Alumnus".
  26. ^ "No. 1 prospect Garrett Mitchell out with injury". MLB.com.
  27. ^ "Ducks softball star Haley Cruse gets engaged to Brewers' Garrett Mitchell". June 1, 2021.