I’ve talked at length about the Milwaukee Brewers worst farm system in baseball, that’s in desperate need of a shot in the arm. UCLA’s electric outfielder Garrett Mitchell might be just what the doctor ordered for the Brewers at the top of their 2020 draft class.
Mitchell was ranked No. 6 on MLB Pipelines draft prospect rankings entering the evening, but when the Orioles passed on Vanderbilt star Austin Martin, and the Marlins passed on Martin and presumptive No. 3 pick Asa Lacy, we knew we were in for a weird first round.
Luckily for the Brewers, that’s exactly what we got, and the highly-talented Mitchell slid all the way to No. 20 for them.
Mitchell’s best tools are a 70-grade run tool, and 60-grade arm tool according to MLB Pipeline. He’s a center-fielder now, but I think he’ll likely end up in a corner outfield position. Either way, he’ll be no slouch defensively.
Offensively, Mitchell has a plus hit tool, and led the nation in triples as a sophomore at UCLA. Mitchell has a sweet left-handed stroke, and has shown off plenty of pop in the cage, but hasn’t been able to translate that pop into games as of yet.
As you can see in the video above, Mitchell does have the potential for big power. UCLA has a big yard, and the first two swings were of balls being absolutely obliterated by Mitchell for no-doubters.
You can also see that he has a nice semi-open stance with extremely calm feet and hands. He has great bat speed, and he squares up pitches all over the hitting zone.
Despite the power not translating to games yet — six home runs in 2019 — Mitchell can flat out hit. He slashed .349/.418/.566/.984 in 62 games as a sophomore in 2019. He logged 14 doubles and 12 triples, showing off his power to the alleys and his elite speed. Mitchell swiped 18 bases on 22 attempts during his sophomore campaign.
His vision is great as well, evident by his 41 strikeouts and 27 walks in 293 plate appearances in 2019. That’s good for a strikeout about every seven plate appearances.
In total, Mitchell slashed .327/.393/.478/.871 in 121 collegiate games (including summer ball in 2018), with 8 home runs, 101 RBI, 121 runs, 27 doubles, 15 triples, 33 stolen bases, and 64 walks. Once the power translates, Mitchell will be scary for opposing pitchers.
Even now, he’s a bona fide four-tool prospect.
In the video above, you have some combine-setting throws from right field from last summer. It’s easy to see where his plus fielding grades come from, with nothing but strikes to all bases on ground balls to him in right field.
Save yourself the frustration with the sub-par cage session that follows. As a person that’s ran a baseball training academy, and spent many, many years training and watching high school kids at combines, it just happens sometimes.
Mitchell was a 2019 All-American, Pac-12 All-Conference selection, ABCA Gold Glove Finalist, and holds the UCLA single-season record for triples. He’s also second all-time at UCLA in triples.
Mitchell is loaded with talent and tools, and he’ll likely continue to grow into his power and be a solid top-of-the-order corner outfielder, but it will take a few years of work. Regardless, the Brewers got great value with Mitchell at No. 20, and that’s the type of start they needed in this draft.
Heck, he’s even an 80-grade dancer, as evidence by his moves here with Oregon Softball stars Haley Cruse and Jasmine Sievers.