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As far as pure tools go, few prospects can match what Mitchell brings to the table. He's an 80 runner, capable of reaching first base 3.9 seconds after the ball comes off his bat. He projects to stay in center field, where he has average arm strength. Mitchell has plus bat speed and shows plus raw power in batting practice. The development of Mitchell's pure hitting ability will dictate his ultimate ceiling. He has a deep load with a barred lead arm, and he shows a tendency to expand the strike zone and put himself in negative counts. Mitchell has tinkered with his mechanics throughout his draft year, transitioning from a spread out stance in the summer to a narrower setup with a leg kick and stride toward the pitcher's mound during the spring. While he has excellent raw power, Mitchell has struggled to get to it in games, often striking out or rolling over pitches. Mitchell is a Type 1 diabetic and has to wear an insulin pump at all times. He is also a bit older for the class and will turn 19 in September. He receives positive reviews for his character and work ethic, both of which will be necessary for him to overcome his weaknesses and develop into the star player that his tools could allow him to become. He is committed to UCLA and is not expected to come cheap, though it's possible that a team could accept his risk and pay him out of high school.