New Baseball Commitment

Senior-to-be Ross Mitchell, a lefthanded pitcher who plays his high school ball for Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, TN., is Mississippi State's latest class of 2010 commitment.

"I committed to Mississippi State about three or four Saturdays ago," said Ross whose dad, John Mitchell, and uncle, Charles Mitchell, both pitched in the Major Leagues. "Playing in the SEC has always been where I wanted to play."

He unofficially visited State a few weeks into the summer and came away very impressed.

"I took a visit to Mississippi State right after school ended, probably two or three weeks into the summer," said Ross, who received his offer from MSU while on the visit. "I pretty much liked everything about it. They had about everything that you could ask for in college baseball - an indoor facility, video to watch yourself. And I liked their pitching coach (Butch Thompson) a lot."

He explained what the MSU pitching coach liked about him.

"Coach Thompson said he likes the way I handle myself and my control," said the 6-0, 160-pounder.

Ross has three pitches in his pitching repertoire.

"I throw a fastball, a pretty decent curveball and a nice changeup that I'm pretty consistent with," said Ross, one of approximately 100 Tennessee high school players who were selected to play in the 2009 TBCA Showcase held in mid-June in front of 75 to 100 college coaches and pro scouts.

This past season, Ross, who was selected to the Tennessean's All-Midstate Baseball team as a second-team selection as a utility player, was 9-1 with a 2.48 earned run average. He allowed 66 hits while walking 30 and striking out 87 in 73.3 innings.

Ross Mitchell is Mississippi State's 13 commitment for the class of 2010.

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