Sox prospect Jared Mitchell two sport national champion at LSU

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All Major League first round draft picks get plenty of publicity. As such, their performances are highly scrutinized. If they’ve accrued MLB time in spring training (sure, it’s exhibition but still) and played at the highest level of major national college football, the lights are even brighter.

Chicago White Sox top prospect Jared Mitchell, the 23rd overall selection in the 2009 MLB draft, has not only played SEC football and baseball, but also won championships.

He was originally drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2006, but turned it down to go back to school, where he won a College World Series with the LSU Tigers. Mitchell also excelled in college football, combining for 24 receptions and 274 yards as a wide receiver for the Tigers football team from 2006-08, including their National Championship season in 2007.

All of the lights have prepared him for dealing with the high expectations of being a #1 pick.

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White Sox outfielder of the future: Jared Mitchell prospect profile

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2009 first round draft pick Jared Mitchell (#23 overall) has a future in the Chicago White Sox outfield. The question is just when.

Right now there really isn’t room with Alejandro de Aza, Dayan Viciedo and Alex Rios roaming the outer grass at the MLB right now. But when the chance arrives, Mitchell has all the tools to make it in the show.

The 6-foot, 200-pounder was ranked by Baseball America as the Best Athlete and Fastest Runner among draft-eligible college players. He was originally drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2006, but turned it down to go back to school, where he won a national championship with the LSU Tigers. Mitchell also excelled in college football, combining for 24 receptions and 274 yards as a wide receiver for the Tigers football team from 2006-08, including their National Championship season in 2007.

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Scouting the Chicago White Sox System: an In Depth Analysis

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We’re coming up on t-minus two weeks until the MLB trade deadline. Time to think about the future direction of the Chicago White Sox. And that includes minor league prospects, who could be dealt if the Sox are indeed buyers at the end of the month. Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann knows as much as anyone about the Sox prospects currently being developed.

Since assuming the leadership role in 2008, his first round picks have been Gordon Beckham (2009), Jared Mitchell (2008) and Chris Sale (2010). Like Meatloaf sang “two out of three ain’t bad,” and 2/3 are contributing on the Sox roster already today. And if not for Mitchell’s knee injury, it could be 3/3.

The questions have been summated, and some of Laumann’s responses were paraphrased in the interests of brevity.

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White Sox Top Prospect Updates with Buddy Bell: Position Players

White Sox Top Prospect Updates with Buddy Bell: Pitchers

White Sox Super-prospect Brent Morel gets called up to Parent Club

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Enter White Sox top prospect Brent Morel, who won the Arizona Fall League’s batting title last season.  Recently the September was promoted to the big leagues. Morel took the time to talk with myself, and a few other White Sox bloggers recently.

By Paul M. Banks

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White Sox Prospects: Under the Radar Names

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The Chicago White Sox minor league system is stocked with prospects, some of which are names that you might not know. Let the Sports Bank and Sox Minor League Hitting Coordinator Jeff Manto, who was gracious enough to do a conference call for Sox bloggers last week fill you in.

By Paul M. Banks

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Scouting the Heaviest Hitters in the White Sox Minor League System