Tuesday, June 24, 2008

RHP William Mitchell, Clemson University (320th Overall)

RHP William Mitchell, Clemson University (320th Overall)D.J. Mitchell, RHP
Clemson R-R, 6-0, 170
Hometown: Rural Hall, NC

STATUS: Signed - $400,000 signing bonus

Clemson junior right-hander D.J. Mitchell was drafted in the 10th round, No. 320 overall, by the New York Yankees on Friday in the second day of the 2008 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

RHP William Mitchell, Clemson University (320th Overall)
Mitchell converted from the outfield to the mound in the fall of 2006. The results have been impressive, though his velocity is just average. He throws a heavy, low-90s fastball. Because of his small build, it’s unlikely that Mitchell will see a jump in velocity. His changeup is an average offering. His overall command is average, though command of his changeup is below-average. He is very competitive and goes right after hitters.

After a strong showing in the Cape Cod League, Mitchell went 6-5 in his junior season at Clemson. He posted a 3.47 ERA, held opponents to a .258 batting average and walked 40 in 98 2/3 innings. He struck out 106, the highest total by a Tiger since 1996 when Kris Benson struck out 204. He earned First-Team All-ACC honors.

Mitchell appears willing to return to Clemson for his senior season. The Yankees may need to sway him with their offer.

What the Experts Say
MLB.com Draft Tracker Comments:
"Building off a strong Cape League season, Mitchell has had a solid junior season as Clemson's Friday starter. He's wiry and athletic and while he doesn't possess the greatest pure stuff in the world, he gets the most out of it by going right after hitters and keeping his team in games. There may not be a ton of upside or projection, but there's always a market for a college hurler who battles."

Scout.com Comments:
“It’s rare to get as quality a college arm as the Yankees got in round ten when they landed Clemson righty, D.J. Mitchell. Mitchell is the owner of a heavy 89-94 MPH fastball but faded down the stretch this spring.”

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