Bryan Mitchell, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Mitchell was drafted by the Yankees way back in 2009 at the young age of 19. The 6’3”, 205-pound righty was a marginal pitcher his first few years in the Yankees’ minor league system. He slowly worked his way to the Trenton Thunder last season. Although he didn’t register a win, he pitched very respectably in his three starts, finishing with a 1.93 ERA. This season it has seemingly all clicked. Mitchell was 16-27 coming into this year with an ERA well over the 4.00 threshold, however since his first career promotion to Triple-A, Mitchell looks like he may be a quality pitcher.
Mitchell has gone 3-1 over five starts since his promotion. He still struggles slightly with command issuing, with 10 walks over 25 innings pitched, but has also struck out 21 batters over the same time span, which comes out to roughly 8 per 9 innings pitched. He does have a tendency to be hittable, but with a three-game winning streak and an International League Pitcher of the Week Award under his belt, perhaps Mitchell has turned the corner. Come September 1st, the make-shift rotation and overused bullpen will surely need a breather, so this could be the right time for Mitchell to show his stuff.