CHICAGO -- The White Sox's ongoing hope for Jared Mitchell, their supremely athletic top pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, is that he would take off once things finally came together for him offensively. Mitchell is hitting .300 with seven homers, three triples and 14 RBIs over 27 games for Double-A Birmingham, after hitting a dismal .199 with 78 strikeouts over 156 at-bats to start the year with Triple-A Charlotte.
Mitchell has played parts of three straight years in the Southern League, but the White Sox hope something has clicked for the left-handed-hitting outfielder.
"He looked at it as another opportunity to take care of himself," said Minor League field coordinator Kirk Champion of Mitchell, who has served as the Barons' leadoff hitter and played center and left. "You can see the maturity and all the experiences that he's had good and bad, kind of blended together right now.
"Obviously there was a lot of attention when he first came in the system. He just hasn't put together months at a time. He's put together weeks and series."
Champion was in Chattanooga on July 2 when Mitchell hit two homers, two triples and threw a guy out at third base from center field in the same game.
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