Since posting a 12.46 ERA in his first start, Mitchell holds a 2.66 ERA and has kept opponents to no more than five hits in his last two outings.
The right-handed pitcher said he hasn't changed his speeds; instead, he's ironed out his delivery and wind-up. Mitchell throws a fastball between 88 and 92 MPH, a curveball between 76 and 80 MPH and a changeup between 77 and 81 MPH.
"Other than [changing my mechanics, I'm] just trying to keep out my release point," Mitchell said. "Trying to keep everything out in front and try to throw more strikes. I've just been getting better results. My first outing was a little unlucky."
In his last outing, he posted five strikeouts, allowed four hits and two walks. He said his initial concern of adjusting to the advancement of hitters in the high-A level has eased.
"You do have to read hitters and remember what you can get each guy out on. I think before I tried to think too much," Mitchell said. "I was over thinking, you know, he's thinking this pitch so I'll throw this one. I just go out there and have to pitch to what I can do my best and not to what he's weakest at."
Mitchell said his delivery, although improved, is still a work in progress.
"I haven't quite nailed it down to a pat yet, but I'm getting there," he said. "It's a lot better than what it was before."
He said his fastball is still his best pitch and his breaking ball is usually his second best, but Mitchell said he's been focusing on his changeup.
He said he is working on the consistency of his changeup and it's come a long way since he first signed with the Yankees in 2008 as a 10th round pick. He said all three pitches are pretty much strikeout pitches, but some are better than others.
"I feel pretty comfortable throwing at any time… I don't get as many strikes with my changeup," he said. "It's usually my fastball or my curveball, but the changeup is more of a pitch I would throw when I'm down behind the hitter and make it look like a fastball. It's not really my strikeout pitch, but if it's to a lefty, maybe."
Mitchell said his increased pitching success has really just been a matter of getting settled in at Tampa. He said he has finally carried over the things he has learned into the game and that's where the results stem from.
Mitchell's Game Still Progressing
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