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April 26, 2012

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of April 25

by Kevin Goldstein

Once a week, the Minor League Update is free, but every time, I'm going to remind you that subscribers get these every day from Tuesday-Friday with ten detailed profiles every morning in the popular Monday Morning Ten Pack.

Bryan Mitchell, RHP, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K.

A Jekyll and Hyde prospect, Mitchell was signed for $800,000 three years ago as a 16th-round pick, and is just now getting to his full-season debut, as while he has two plus pitches in a low-90s fastball and big breaking curveball, his ability to control those pitches has consistently held him back. When he's throwing strikes, like he did last night, he looks like a future big league starter, when he doesn't, like in his previous two outings in which he allowed seven runs over 3.2 innings while walking eight, he looks like he doesn't belong at all. Oh, and those were after season debut in which he fired six shutout innings while allowing just one hit and walking only one. He's interesting for sure, but for now only in the same way a lottery ticket is.

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