P2Daily: Cal Mitchell Wraps August With Another Home Run

It’s a name that should probably get talked about more, but doesn’t more than likely due to some of his struggles at the major league level. Cal Mitchell is having an outstanding year for the Indianapolis Indians.

For what it’s worth, it really shouldn’t be too much a surprise as Mitchell as continually gotten better as he’s moved up the ladder. He had a great year at Double-A Altoona in 2021, but played with some of the system’s top prospects, so it might have been easy to look past him.

He’s certainly used that major league experience he’s gotten this year to his advantage in Triple-A. Mitchell currently has a .938 OPS with Indianapolis this season, which is nearly .200 points higher than what he did in Altoona last year.

If not for his time in the majors, he’d be well on the way to passing his previous career high for home runs, which is 15 from back in 2019. He was especially good in August, posting a 1.126 OPS and collecting 10 extra-base hits during the month, four of which were home runs.

Mitchell has struggled while in the majors, but as long as he keeps hitting like this in Triple-A, he will always be in a position to get another opportunity when one presents itself.

Bradenton Bullpen Woes

The Bradenton Marauders are right in the thick of a playoff race heading down the stretch. This week while the Tampa Tarpons and Dunedin Blue Jays, two of the teams Bradenton is competing against, take on each other, the Marauders draw Fort Myers, one of the worst teams in the division.

While they’ve won the first two games of the series, the bullpen has kept things interesting. Once Anthony Solometo exited the game after pitching 4 1/3 innings, the bullpen struggled to hang on to the lead. Lack of throwing strikes directly contributed to hit, as the bullpen walked nine batters in 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday.

Wilber Dotel, up from the FCL after the season concluded, faced 12 batters on Wednesday, and walked six them. Cy Neilson and Mike Walsh, two 2022 draft picks, have a collective 10 batters in seven innings since joining the Marauders.

That’s a common theme, as Marauder relievers walked nine batters on Tuesday as well. They’ve been stretched a little thin already, having to make up innings from when Bubba Chandler left the game after recording just one out, but 18 walks in two games isn’t a recipe for success in a playoff race.

It hasn’t been isolated to the last couple of days, as Bradenton relievers rank among the worst in the Florida State League when it comes to K/BB (tied for worst), BB/9 (third worst), WHIP (second worst), and opponent’s average (second worst).

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tventimiglio

I wonder why Mitchell doesnt get some consideration at 1B. He has a mediocre arm so that may be a natural spot.

CTBucco

Just baffling how Suwinski got brought back up ahead of Mitchell. Not based on merit.

dbsteel

Suwinski is Cheringtons guy he traded for, Mitchell isn’t.

dbsteel

Mitchell should be up and starting. He hasn’t struggled in the Majors worse than anyone else, and he really didn’t get a huge shot. They need some good hitters, and I think he can be one. Nice swing.

TNBucs

Yes, and I think he deserves a lot of credit for not letting the disappointment of being sent down affect his play. Perhaps it even motivated him. A 1.126 OPS, only 9 K’s in 73 PA’s–he’s earned a chance to start every game at DH or RF for the last month to show if he’s ready to be counted on for ’23.

emjayinTN

The Pirates have many of those decisions to make, but seem to want to complicate matters by hanging on to guys. They have not been playing VanMeter and Allen too often lately, but why are they even still on the active roster?

Glad to see Mitchell back up, but I would like to see Swaggerty and Martin up to finish the season. Both are kids I think would benefit from being called up.

dbsteel

He’s only got like 38 strikeouts on the year also. Only negative as a hitter is his low walk total.

emjayinTN

He’s got an excellent eye at the plate and his K/BB of 38/17 at AAA is just a tad above 2/1. An EBH every 8 AB, and seemed to concentrate more on good contact at AAA rather than over-emphasis on hitting for power.

He was exposed early in the season in MLB, and went back and worked harder to get another opportunity. He can hit for average and could be a 15-20 HR guy at the MLB level.

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