NEW YORK – The third University of Pittsburgh pitcher selected in the 2017 MLB First Year Player Draft, lefty Josh Mitchell was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 22nd round Wednesday afternoon.
Mitchell becomes the 10th pitcher drafted from the Panthers since Pitt joined the ACC prior to the 2014 season. He is the fifth Panther in program history to be drafted by the Kansas City Royals, the first since Eric Ackerman was taken in the 16th round of the 2002 draft.
“This is truly a dream come true, and something that I have been striving for since I was able to walk and throw a baseball,” said Mitchell. “Being able to say that I am now a professional baseball player, gives me chills, and it is something I will never take for granted. Baseball has been great to me to this point and I am looking forward to seeing what the future has in store.”
Mitchell assumed a starting role in his third season with the Panthers, earning a record of 1-5 in 16 starts with a 4.61 ERA. He threw 70.1 innings, allowing 36 earned runs off 86 hits and 22 walks, fanning 65 batters.
“Josh has the ability to be very good at the professional level,” added head coach Joe Jordano. “He has as good a stuff as anyone. I am looking forward to watching his professional career develop.”
A native of Ridgway, Pa., Mitchell owns a career record of 1-10 with a 4.95 ERA. The leftie has thrown 103.2 innings, allowing 57 earned runs off 124 hits and 41 walks, fanning 91 and allowing opponents a .297 average.
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