Mitchell Signs

The Chicago White Sox on Wednesday agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with LSU outfielder Jared Mitchell, their No. 23 overall selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Mitchell will make his professional debut with Class A Kannapolis (N.C.) on Thursday.


Mitchell, a 20-year-old two-sport star at LSU, hit .327 with 11 home runs, 50 RBI and a team-leading 36 stolen bases as a junior this past season, leading the Tigers to their sixth NCAA title. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series after going 8-for-23 (.348) with two homers and seven RBI in six games.


“We are very proud of Jared for working so hard to reach this level,” said LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri. “We’re very pleased that he was in our program for three years and developed into a first-round draft choice. He was vital to our success, and he will always be a part of our program. All of us at LSU wish him the best during his professional career.”


Mitchell, a native of New Iberia, La.,  was ranked as the best athlete and fastest runner among draft-eligible college players by Baseball America magazine. As a wide receiver on the LSU football team, he notched 24 receptions for 274 yards from 2006-08, including LSU's '07 national championship season.


Mitchell and teammate Chad Jones became the first two student-athletes to win a BCS National Title and a College World Series championship.

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