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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