Signee Profile: Bryan Mitchell

Signee Profile: Bryan Mitchell

North Carolina signee Bryan Mitchell is a 6-2 right handed pitcher/outfielder from Reidsville (N.C.) Rockingham County.

Bio: Mitchell is ranked at No. 103 in the Perfect Game national high school rankings for the class of 2009. He was named the top prospect at the 2008 Atlantic Coast Top Prospect Showcase, where he showed off his two-way ability. He has also been honored on All-Conference and All-Area teams. Mitchell struck out 18 batters while allowing three hits in a complete game in his final high school appearance in the first round of the 2009 state playoffs. He also played in right field and at designated hitter on days after he pitched. Mitchell bats from the left side of the plate and throws with his right hand.

High School Statistics:
Junior (2008)
8-1, 1 save, 63 innings, 38 walks, 96 strikeouts, .119 BAA, 1.67 ERA, 3 CG

Senior (2009)
5-2, 1 save, 45.1 innings, 18 walks, 87 strikeouts, .113 BAA, 0.62 ERA, 5 CG

Recruitment: "The recruiting process started the fall of the first year that I played with the prospect team," Mitchell said. "As soon as I knew that North Carolina was interested in me that is where I wanted to go. Late that year in December after my sophomore year [was the time UNC first contacted me]. I came up for a visit [that year] for the Miami football game." Mitchell was also offered by UNC-Wilmington and East Carolina. Virginia Tech, LSU and Duke had been among the other schools recruiting him.

Why Carolina?: "The baseball program in general and the success that they have had in getting the new stadium and everything," Mitchell said. "Obviously just seeing what they produce. That is a big factor - knowing how much better I would get going there."

Scouting Report: "I throw a two-seam and four-seam fastball, a curveball and really a changeup," Mitchell said, as his curveball is considered his out pitch.

Rockingham County head coach Chris Loye added, "I would say that Bryan would be in the mix to come in and start [at UNC]. He just has good stuff – a good live fastball with movement and he's got a killer curveball that really sets him apart from other pitchers in his ability to throw that good curve consistently for strikes. It is a pretty hard 12-6 curve; it is a real curve, you see a lot of guys that throw a right to left soft curve. This thing breaks knees. It is as good a curve as you will see."

Coach Quote: "He has been a big part of our team's year and of course he has been a big part of our team the past three years," Loye said. "He has started on varsity since he was a sophomore and has basically been our No. 1 pitcher for the past couple of years. He has had two really good years his junior and senior years. Physically his size and arm strength really set him apart - not too many guys at this level can throw the ball 92-93 miles per hour. That kind of sets him apart from the competition at this level. He was an integral part of our offense, too. He hit third or fourth the last two years and led the team in home runs, so we had to have him in there somewhere"

Future Plans: Mitchell has attracted a lot of interest in the scouting community with his outstanding high school career. "It has been crazy," Loye said. "We have had games where we had 10 or 12 scouts there then other games where we had approximately 30 there. Once he got started this year he got off to a pretty good start and had a few guys coming in. Then that kind of progressed and the further we got into the season and more he progressed the more guys started showing up. The local scouts would come in and they would come back with the next guy up the food chain with them. He has drawn a lot of attention - and he has done great with it. He has shown a lot of maturity through this whole process."

Perfect Game ranks Mitchell the No. 130 overall prospect (high school and college) in the 2009 MLB Draft pool.

"It would have to be life changing money," Mitchell said about what it would take for a Major League organization to get him to sign this summer. The soft-spoken standout said he has his primary goal already set for his college career: "Doing whatever I can to help the team win the College World Series."

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