Mitchell to represent White Sox at Draft
Minor League outfielder was selected 23rd overall in 2009
CHICAGO -- Jared Mitchell's first full professional season was cut short before it truly began in full force. But it doesn't mean the five-tool outfielder can't make some sort of positive contribution to the White Sox during the 2010 season.
The White Sox top pick and 23rd player selected overall in the 2009 Draft will be one of the individuals representing the White Sox live at Major League Baseball's 2010 First-Year Player Draft on June 7 in New Jersey. Mitchell was taken out of Louisiana State University, where he starred in baseball and also played football.
Mitchell played in 34 games and had 115 at-bats for Class A Kannapolis in 2009, hitting .296 with five stolen bases and 10 RBIs, earning a non-roster invite to Spring Training in 2010. The 21-year-old made a lasting impression with the South Siders, but during a mid-March Cactus League game in Tempe, Ariz., against the Angels, a game in which the already reassigned Mitchell was needed due to split-squad action, he crashed into the left-field wall making a spectacular catch on a fly ball and suffered a torn tendon on the inside of his left ankle, costing him the 2010 campaign.
Surgery was performed on Mitchell, and the talented young player, projected as the team's future leadoff man, currently is working his way back toward full health for the 2011 season.
MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft on June 7-9 on MLB.com/Live. The first round and Compensation Round A will be broadcast live from MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday, June 7, beginning with the Draft preview show at 5 p.m. CT.
MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo will join Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, John Hart, Peter Gammons and Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis on Monday's broadcast.
Coverage for Rounds 2-50 will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where Rounds 2-30 will be streamed on Tuesday, beginning at noon, and Rounds 31-50 will be streamed on Wednesday, starting at noon. Host Pete McCarthy will be joined by Mayo and former general manager Jim Duquette.
Michael Huff will join Mitchell as the second White Sox representative at the Draft. Huff played collegiate ball at Northwestern and suited up for the White Sox for parts of the 1991, '92 and '93 seasons. Huff also has filled in on White Sox broadcasts.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.