• Full name Jared Christopher Mitchell
  • Born 10/13/1988 in New Iberia, LA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 205 / Bats: L / Throws: L
  • School Louisiana State
  • Drafted in the 1st round (23rd overall) by the Chicago White Sox in 2009 (signed for $1,200,000).
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    Mitchell wanted $1 million to give up football and sign out of high school, when he flashed first-round talent and dropped to the Twins in the 10th round because of signability. Three years later, he has put himself in position to go in the first round and receive that seven-figure bonus. Louisiana State football coach Les Miles gave Mitchell the spring off to focus on baseball, and the extra work has paid off. The best athlete in college baseball, Mitchell is an electric 6-foot, 192-pounder with plus-plus speed and power potential. He was hitting a career-high .325 entering the College World Series, and he has dramatically improved his plate discipline. He still strikes out a lot because he concentrates so much on taking pitches that he often falls behind in the count. His swing needs work too, as he'll have to spread out for more balance and use less of an uppercut in pro ball. Mitchell flies down the line from the left side and steals bases on sheer speed, and he'll be a terror once he gets better reads and jumps. He plays right field for Louisiana State but easily has enough range to move to center. His defense also needs refinement, as he tends to drift on fly balls. His arm is his lone below-average tool, but it will play fine in center field. A reserve wide receiver on the Tigers' 2007 national championship football team, Mitchell has a passion for baseball and is ready to give up the gridiron. He'll need more development time than most college players, but he also has the potential to become the next Carl Crawford.

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  • Rated Best Athlete in the Chicago White Sox in 2012
  • Rated Best Athlete in the Chicago White Sox in 2011
  • Rated Best Defensive Outfielder in the Chicago White Sox in 2010
  • Rated Best Athlete in the Chicago White Sox in 2010
  • Rated Fastest Baserunner in the Chicago White Sox in 2010

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