Despite the Brewers losing Sunday, Brewers fans won’t end Independence Day without getting some good news, #1 Prospect (according to MLB.com) Garrett Mitchell is making the move from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to the Biloxi Shuckers.
Garrett Mitchell put on an impressive display on Independence Day Sunday batting 4-6 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and six runs batted in. The 2020 first round pick has slashed .359/.504/.619 in 28 games for the Timber Rattlers.
Garrett Mitchell has shown great vision at the plate, batting 33 hits and drawing 27 walks in 119 plate appearances, while registering only 30 strikeouts.
All of this has helped Garrett Mitchell earn a promotion to Double-A Biloxi after just 28 games with the Brewers High-A affiliate.
Not only has Garrett Mitchell been strong at the plate, he’s shown great ability on the bases as well, regularly knocking extra base hits. Mitchell is also showing off his ability in the outfield, flashing the leather at times. Garrett Mitchell plays predominantly center field, although he did start two games in right field for the Timber Rattlers. MLB.com estimates Mitchell to be ready for Major League Baseball in 2023.
Also moving on up is Joe Gray Jr. He’s been electrifying this year for the Low-A Carolina Mudcats and he gets a much deserved promotion to High-A to fill Mitchell’s roster spot.
Gray has been hitting .289/.407/.632 for Carolina with 15 doubles, seven triples, and 12 home runs with 12 stolen bases.
He had some rough seasons in Rookie ball, but Gray appears to have put things together.
How soon could Garrett Mitchell help out the big league Milwaukee Brewers?
The rest of 2021 figures to be manned by Jackie Bradley Jr., Lorenzo Cain, and occasionally Tyrone Taylor and Avisail Garcia. Cain is in the second last year of his deal and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2023, Avisail Garcia has a club option for 2022 and could become a free agent if the Brewers decide not to pick up his option. Jackie Bradley Jr. is under contract for this season, has a player option for 2022 and mutual option for 2023. Tyrone Taylor is eligible for arbitration in 2024.
If Garrett Mitchell finishes off 2021 in AA with the Shuckers, he could spend 2022 in AAA with the Nashville Sounds and maybe earn a September call up next fall, for the 2023 season the Brewers could easily make room for Garrett Mitchell by 2023.
However, things could align faster for Mitchell if Jackie Bradley Jr. continues improving at the plate after his slow start and decides to test free agency in 2022, creating a possible role for an early call up in 2022 if one of the outfielders on the roster gets hurt. Lorenzo Cain has dealt with his fair share of injuries and is currently on the injured list. Should one of Cain, Jackie Bradley Jr., or Avisail Garcia depart the team next offseason or sustain an injury, Garrett Mitchell could find himself in a Brewers uniform as early as next summer.
Here’s to continued success for Garrett Mitchell in 2021 and beyond.