Bryan Mitchell was drafted by the Yankees in the 16th round of the 2009 draft. Since that time, scouts have all agreed on one idea which is that Mitchell has the stuff it takes for the big leagues.
On Sunday. August 10th after five years of minor league ball and two previous promotions, Bryan Mitchell stepped on the mound of Yankee Stadium in front of 46,152 people.
“There were definitely some nerves for sure once I stepped out there,” Mitchell said of last Sunday night.
If there were nerves, most of the forty-six thousand plus couldn’t tell as the 23 year old rookie tossed two scoreless innings, racking up two strikeouts, while not allowing a hit. Mitchell seemed to be pleased with how his first outing in pinstripes went.
“It was just a big relief to finally get in there and get the first time out of the way. I was just happy that I was able to throw strikes and get guys out.”
Mitchell will admit that first outing had a bit of a different feel though as he has spent the majority of his career in the starting rotation. In his major league debut, Mitchell found out that he was pitching when the bullpen phone rang.
“I didn’t know that I was going to pitch since I was coming out of the bullpen but I was glad to finally get in there after being there for three days. I figured my chances would be better on that third day,” Mitchell recalled.
Unfortunately for the 6-foot-3 righty, his time in New York was short-lived as he now finds himself back with the Triple-A, Railriders. With his time in New York behind him, the North Carolina native is looking ahead in hopes of continuing on his recent success.
“I am basically just trying to do what I did before. I feel like I got the ball rolling pretty good and I just want to stay in a good rhythm every five days and keep putting up good results.”
Mitchell acknowledges as many of his coaches have in the past, that consistency is the biggest difference for him between this year and last year.
“Consistency and pitching ahead of guys has been the biggest thing for me. I get in trouble when I fall behind and walk guys so I really just need to try and stay ahead.”
As he continues to try and stay consistent and ahead of hitters, Mitchell remains confident in his pitch arsenal.
“My fastball has always been there, the cutter has been coming along pretty good for me but the curveball has been really big for me, Mitchell admitted. “I just want to keep working with that and get the cutter going too, if I can do that, I should be in good shape.”
As he is now slated to make his next couple starts with Scranton/Wilkes Barre, it is hard not to wonder if we haven’t seen the last of Bryan Mitchell in New York with September right around the corner.
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