GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The fact that Jared Mitchell's Spring Training jersey number changed from 82 to 29 in the past two years is one indication the organization's top pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft is getting closer to the big leagues.
His work with the bat in the last instructional league session is more tangible evidence, although Mitchell is not likely to break camp with the team as an extra outfielder.
"Whenever the organization feels I'm needed, I'm ready to go," Mitchell said. "However I can help that team or any team, I want to win. That's all that matters to me. At the end of the day, we all want to win. That's what it's all about."
"Stranger things have happened, but I don't see us taking him come the end of spring," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, who agreed with Mitchell in that simple repetition at the plate has helped him improve. "Instead, he'll be playing on an everyday basis at [Triple-A] Charlotte, pushing us to hopefully bring him up based on his performance as the season goes on."