Dodger Minor League Prospects

Tenth in a series as we count down toward the top prospects in the Dodger organization

Name- RUSSELL LANCE MITCHELL
Position- Third Base
Residence- Cartersville, Ga.
DOB- Feb. 15, 1985
Height-6-1
Weight-187
B/T-R-R
04 Club (s) - Vero Beach (High A); Columbus (Low A)

In 2003, the Dodgers drafted three high school shortstops that they hoped could develop into offensive threats -- Lucas May, Travis Denker and Mitchell, who was chosen in the 15th round.

Moved to third, Mitchell came through in a hurry, hitting .338-1-9 for the Gulf Coast entry before an arm injury put him out for the rest of the season. He bounced back in '04, so strongly that he was advanced to Vero Beach quickly when the need for a third baseman on that team was apparent.

He alternated at that position, more than holding his own in a league that is particularly demanding on one with so little experience. He was hitting .249-0-17 before being sent back to Columbus so he could play every day. There he went into a tailspin, winding up at just .201-0-14. He's a hard worker who should improve and hit for average although he may never produce the power desired of third. Second base is a possibility in the future.

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