Mitchell Trying To Duplicate His Success

TAMPA, FL - In his promotion to the High-A level, Tampa Yankee pitcher D.J. Mitchell prepares for his first full season of ball. While he isn't completely satisfied with his debut performance Wednesday night against Dunedin, Mitchell is looking to build off of his Florida State League debut.

"It was a pretty good hitting team. I faced a lot of lefties. They did a good job with two strikes," D.J. Mitchell said. "I think my problem was I should have put guys away rather than give guys the chance to get the ball in play. I think that's what beat me, they put the ball in play."

"…I think it's good to have some failure early on so I know what it's like and I can learn from it and I can go on from there."

The Tampa Yankees lost 6-9 and Mitchell posted a 12.46 ERA after allowing six earned runs in a little more than four innings on Wednesday.

"My next time I'm not going to try and change anything," he said. "Just go out there and compete and hopefully have better results."

In 2008, Mitchell was drafted in the 10th round as a junior at Clemson University where he posted a 3.47 ERA and held opponents to a .258 batting average. He struck out 106 hitters, the highest total at Clemson since 1996.

The right-handed pitcher said his days at Clemson has helped him progress through the minor league farm system as quickly as he has.

"I think just the fact that I was in the ACC and I was facing good, competitive hitters there every day and every weekend," Mitchell said. "A lot of those guys are in the same level I'm in or higher.

"So, I think me going out there and playing against them helped me build on to here and Spring Training helped facing these guys again. The experience helped me a lot."

"I didn't really know what to expect in my first [Spring Training]. It was great. All the coaches and all the older players helped me a lot. They taught me a lot. I'm just trying to bring that to the game."

He joined the Charleston Riverdogs earlier this season where he posted a 1.95 ERA, a 4-1 record and 42 strikeouts.

"I'm just trying to build off on what I did in Charleston and try to get better," Mitchell said. "I'm facing better competition so just trying to learn something new every day."

He said the biggest adjustment in moving to the High-A level is getting used to the advancement of the hitters.

While the fastball is strongest pitch, he is working on consistency across the board. He said he just wants to be able to throw them all for strikes.

"I didn't know if I would be [in High-A] this early. I guess I did pretty well in Charleston," Mitchell said. "I'm just trying to do as well here and [I'm] not off to a good start. I've got some work to do so we will see."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It was a pretty good hitting team. I faced a lot of lefties. They did a good job with two strikes,\" D.J. Mitchell said. \"I think my problem was I should have put guys away rather than give guys the chance to get the ball in play. I think that's what beat me, they put the ball in play.\"
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\r\n\"…I think it's good to have some failure early on so I know what it's like and I can learn from it and I can go on from there.\"
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\r\nThe Tampa Yankees lost 6-9 and Mitchell posted a 12.46 ERA after allowing six earned runs in a little more than four innings on Wednesday.
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\r\n\"My next time I'm not going to try and change anything,\" he said. \"Just go out there and compete and hopefully have better results.\"
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\r\nIn 2008, Mitchell was drafted in the 10th round as a junior at Clemson University where he posted a 3.47 ERA and held opponents to a .258 batting average. He struck out 106 hitters, the highest total at Clemson since 1996.
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\r\nThe right-handed pitcher said his days at Clemson has helped him progress through the minor league farm system as quickly as he has.
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\r\n\"I think just the fact that I was in the ACC and I was facing good, competitive hitters there every day and every weekend,\" Mitchell said. \"A lot of those guys are in the same level I'm in or higher.
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\r\n\"So, I think me going out there and playing against them helped me build on to here and Spring Training helped facing these guys again. The experience helped me a lot.\"
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\r\n\"I didn't really know what to expect in my first [Spring Training]. It was great. All the coaches and all the older players helped me a lot. They taught me a lot. I'm just trying to bring that to the game.\"
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\r\nHe joined the Charleston Riverdogs earlier this season where he posted a 1.95 ERA, a 4-1 record and 42 strikeouts.
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\r\n\"I'm just trying to build off on what I did in Charleston and try to get better,\" Mitchell said. \"I'm facing better competition so just trying to learn something new every day.\"
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\r\nHe said the biggest adjustment in moving to the High-A level is getting used to the advancement of the hitters.
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\r\nWhile the fastball is strongest pitch, he is working on consistency across the board. He said he just wants to be able to throw them all for strikes.
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\r\n\"I didn't know if I would be [in High-A] this early. I guess I did pretty well in Charleston,\" Mitchell said. \"I'm just trying to do as well here and [I'm] not off to a good start. I've got some work to do so we will see.\"
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