We continue the countdown with number 54, Mississippi State’s LHP Ross Mitchell. The Smyrna, Tenn. southpaw enters his junior season with the Diamond Dawgs as one of the strongest bullpen pitchers in Starkville.
In 2013, Mitchell posted a stellar 13-0 in 34 appearances on the mound, with only 16 earned runs, 44 strikeouts and a 1.53 ERA, which was the thirteenth best in the NCAA. This followed up Mitchell’s debut season in 2012, in which he started his career as a Bulldog with a 3-0 record, a 1.18 ERA, and 24 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched.
During Mississippi State’s trip through Hoover in the SEC Tournament in 2012, Mitchell was responsible for a career high five innings pitched and the win in the Bulldogs’ victory over Vanderbilt to clinch the SEC Tournament trophy. He also recorded a 2.31 ERA in 11.2 IP in SEC competitions. Mitchell then took his pitching talents to the Matsu Miners in the Alaskan Summer League, where he posted a 4-2 record and 5.09 ERA.
While a student at Blackman High School, Mitchell posted a 2.48 ERA, with 87 strikeouts in 77.1 innings pitched, and set a school record in 2009 for single season pitching wins with a record of 9-1, taking over the record previously set by Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price. Mitchell also earned Pitcher Of The Year and MVP awards during his junior season with the Blackman Blaze. Baseball runs through the veins of Mitchell, as his father, Charlie pitched for the Boston Red Sox and his uncle John pitched for the Mets and Orioles.
Through Starkville, Mitchell is known for more than just his pitching. During the 2013 season, Mitchell became a founding member of the Bench Mobb. You can check out their music video below.
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