Cal Mitchell Hoping to Force His Way Into the Pittsburgh Outfield

The outfield scene in the upper levels of the Pittsburgh Pirates' system has gotten crowded in the last year.

The Pirates have added Canaan Smith-Njigba and Jack Suwinski in separate trades. They've seen 2019 third round pick Matt Fraizer have a breakout season. Those guys join 2018 first round pick Travis Swaggerty, who is the best center fielder of the group.

It might be easy to forget about Cal Mitchell in that group. The 2017 second round pick out of Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego didn't exactly dominate the Double-A level in 2021. His numbers weren't bad though. Mitchell hit for a .280/.330/.429 line with 12 home runs in 419 plate appearances in Altoona. In a game where three-true-outcome hitters are becoming more and more common, it's refreshing to see a guy who can h...

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