With some bad injury luck, Bryan Mitchell has been helpless in securing a spot he may have deserved following a strong showcase a year ago.
After going 2-0 with a 0.57 ERA in Spring Training last year, Mitchell would throw just 46 total innings between the minors and majors in 2016 after suffering a broken toe right before the regular season began.
Making his first regular-season appearance on September 7 against the Blue Jays, the 25-year old finished with a 3.24 ERA in five starts at the end of the year.
That stretch included a start in which he hurled seven innings of two-hit, no-run ball against the AL East-winning Boston Red Sox and entering 2017, he’ll have a chance to permanently earn that spot.
With a fastball that peaks at 97 m.p.h. (averages 95) Mitchell’s arsenal includes a cutter, curve with an occasional mix of a sinker and a rare changeup.
While he has the tools to succeed as a major league starter, Mitchell has always struggled with control (4.2 BB/9) which profiles the righty as a swing guy who is used out of the bullpen and to spot-start when needed.