Interview with Royals LHP Josh Mitchell

We had the opportunity to interview LHP Josh Mitchell shortly after he was assigned to the Lexington Legends to start the season.  Josh made three appearances there before tweaking a hamstring.  In his three appearances with the Legends, Josh threw 4.2 innings, gave up 3 runs with none being earned, five hits, no walks, and had three Ks. Josh is into the mid-90s with his fastball.  He was activated off the DL and back onto the Legends roster this morning.  

Royals Farm Report:  You throw a 4-seam, 2-seam, change, and slider.  Can you tell us a little about each pitch and which is your favorite?

Josh Mitchell:  My favorite is the fastballs for sure.  And the slider is something I’ve been throwing for a while now and use as my out pitch.  I finally found a grip with the change up that is really consistent.

RFR:  Can you tell us a little about how you chose baseball?

JM:  I played football, basketball, and golf in high school as well.  I chose baseball because I realized at around 10 or 12 I had a gift in my left arm.  So I went all in.

RFR:  What are some things you like to do off the field?

JM:  I like to read, golf, hunt, fish, and do crossword puzzles.

RFR:  Is there anyone your grew up admiring or that you pattern your game after?

JM:  I’m a really big fan of Madison Bumgarner.

RFR:  Can you tell us a little about your baseball journey from HS to college to pro?

JM:  The journey started out pretty normal.  I hit a few bumps in college. I had shoulder reconstruction surgery my freshman year.  I got cut two years later but was able to make the team and ended up becoming the Friday night starter.  And I was fortunate enough to get drafted.

RFR:  What’s a Friday night start like in the ACC?  

JM:  It’s a real grind.  There is a lot of film study and scouting reports to go over.  You have to be prepared because you are usually throwing against the other team’s ace and runs will be at a premium.  

RFR:  What are some of your goals for the upcoming season?  And what are somethings you are looking forward to this season?

JM:  I really only have one goal and that is to move up this season either to Wilmington or higher.  I’m looking forward to playing a little closer to home so my friends and family can come watch. I’m also looking forward to playing 140 games!

RFR:  What is your favorite restaurant?  Favorite movie or TV show? Favorite video game?

JM:  My favorite video game is definitely Madden.  My favorite TV show is Hawaii 5-0. And my favorite restaurant is this place in my hometown called Joey’s Bakery and Restaurant.  It’s a little mom and pop place.

RFR:  Is there anything you would like to add for our readers?

JM:  I’m very thankful for the opportunity I have.  I think God that He has blessed me with the ability to throw a baseball.  I have a wonderful support system with my family and friends. They always have my back and push me to pursue my dream.  

RFR:  Thanks Josh and good luck this season!

JM:  Thank you.  I appreciate it!

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