TCU junior Andrew Mitchell got the moment he’s dreamed about since childhood.
The right-handed pitcher was selected by the Chicago White Sox with the No. 123 overall pick in the fourth round of major league baseball’s first-year play draft Friday.
Mitchell said he’ll decide soon whether to sign with the White Sox or return to TCU for his senior year.
“Growing up playing football or baseball, whichever sport, I always dreamed of playing in the NFL or the MLB and once I figured out it was baseball in high school I always dreamed of hearing my name called in the MLB draft,” Mitchell said from his home in Houston. “I haven’t made a decision yet. I’m just trying to soak in the moment of hearing my name called and just being with my family.”
The assigned pick value for the 123rd pick is
$413,000, so Mitchell is looking at a hefty pay day if he signs. It’ll be a
surprise if Mitchell returns to TCU.
“I’m probably honestly leaning towards starting my career,” he said. “Whenever you get an opportunity it’s hard to pass up with injuries and stuff you can’t really control.”
He said he’ll make the decision after consulting with his family and looking at all his options.
“If I choose to move on I want to get going as quickly as I
can and try to get accustomed to the land of minor league baseball and, if not,
I want to get it out of my head so I can focus on TCU,” he said.
Mitchell is the seventh highest drafted TCU player and 41st player drafted under coach Jim Schlossnagle. The White Sox drafted former Horned Frog Jason Coats in the 29th round a year ago. In 2005, former TCU pitcher Lance Broadway was the White Sox's No. 1 pick.
Mitchell is 12-6 with three saves over three seasons at TCU. He has a career ERA of 3.34 with 231 strikeouts in 202 innings.