CAREER: One of the most accomplished pitchers in school history • Member of the 2014 All-SEC Team • 2013 NCBWA, Louisville Slugger and College Baseball Insider All-American • Ranks third in school history with an .828 winning percentage (24-5), fourth all-time with a 1.93 career ERA, is tied for eighth with 24 career wins and is 10th with 77 career appearances (13 starts) • ERA drops to 1.86 (10-3) in 36 career SEC contests (10 starts) • Has held opponents to a lifetime .217 average (189-for-869) in 242.1 innings of work • One of three pitchers in MSU history to win 21-plus games in a two-season span at MSU (Jeff Brantley, Bobby Reed) • One of two pitchers in SEC history (Alan Johnson, 2003) to be named SEC Pitcher of the Week three times in the same season (2014) • Four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2014: Named to the 2014 All-SEC Second Team in a vote by the league’s 14 coaches • Along with 2014 MLB first-round pick Aaron Nola, was one of two players to be named SEC Pitcher of the Week three times during the season • Member of the 2014 SEC Community Service Team • Finalist for the C-Spire Ferriss Trophy, presented annually to the top collegiate player in the state of Mississippi • Went 8-5 with a 2.53 ERA in 19 appearances (12 starts) after moving from bullpen to the starting rotation on March 15 • Ranked 29th nationally and tied for first in the SEC with four complete games • Finished fifth in the SEC in innings pitched (110.1), tied for ninth in wins and ranked 14th in ERA • Ranked first in SEC games only in innings pitched (75.0), third in ERA (1.92), tied for fourth in wins (6), seventh in opponent batting average (.213), tied for 10th in fewest earned runs allowed (16) and tied for 11th in runs allowed (19) • One of four pitchers who did not give up a home run or a triple in SEC play • Held opponents to a .194 average with two outs • Did not allow a run to score in 25-straight innings from May 3-22, falling 2.1 innings shy of tying Jonathan Holder’s record of consecutive scoreless innings • Collected his eighth win of the season with his eighth quality start May 16 at No. 19 Alabama, pitching 6.1 shutout innings • Tallied his seventh quality start in nine tries May 10 vs. Tennessee, giving up two hits in 6.1 innings with a career-high tying five K’s as a starter • The third player in school history to be named SEC Pitcher of the Week twice in one season (March 3 and March 17) • Recorded MSU’s first complete-game shutout on the road since 2005 May 3 at Auburn, allowing just four hits and one walk with four K’s • Threw his third complete-game victory of the season April 19 at Missouri, holding Mizzou to 0-for-9 with two outs and 1-for-11 with RISP • Earned a quality start at No. 9 LSU April 5, giving up one earned run in 6.0 innings on the bump • Tossed his second complete-game victory of the season March 29 vs. Arkansas, allowing just one run on four hits while holding Hog batters to a .138 average • Defeated No. 3 Vanderbilt on ESPNU March 22 with another quality start, giving up two runs in 7.1 innings • Going up against a red-hot Georgia squad which was riding a season-high 11-game winning streak and averaging 10.9 runs per game in its previous seven contests, tossed his first career complete game in his second career start March 15, giving up one run thanks to 19 ground balls, five strikeouts and two double plays • Held Georgia hitters to a .138 batting average en route to his third win of the season, helping MSU snap a nine-game losing streak in Athens • Perfect Game National Player of the Day for March 15 • Picked up his second win March 5 in a 3-0 shutout vs. South Alabama, giving up no runs on three hits and zero walks • Recorded a hold March 2 vs. Eastern Illinois, getting a two-out groundout with the tying runner on third and the go-ahead runner on second • Named SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week March 3 after 6.2 shutout innings for his first win of 2014 vs. Michigan State Feb. 28 • Struck out a career-high seven batters vs. Western Carolina Feb. 14 in a career-long 8.0 innings pitched • Earned preseason All-America honors by the NCBWA and Louisville Slugger • Named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award Watch List • Member of the 2014 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2013: Named a College Baseball Insider First-Team All-American, NCBWA Second-Team All-American and a Louisville Slugger Third-Team All-American • The only pitcher in the country with 13-plus wins and zero losses, going 13-0 in 34 relief appearances • His total number of relief outings tied for third all-time at MSU in a single-season for both total appearances and total relief appearances • Set the MSU single-season record for most wins without a loss • ERA of 1.53 was 13th in the NCAA and third in the SEC • Held opponents to a .214 average at the plate in 94.0 innings of work • Win total of 13 ranked fourth in the country, second in the SEC and tied for fifth all-time in a single season at Mississippi State • Ended the year ninth in the SEC in hits allowed per nine innings (6.89) and 11th in WHIP (1.07) • Went 2-0 with a team-low 1.65 ERA (min. 10 IP) in the NCAA Tournament • Started his NCAA Tournament with 14.1 innings of shutout relief, before giving up three runs in the final game of the season June 25 vs. UCLA in the College World Series Championship Series • Picked up his first victory of the season Feb. 16 vs. Portland with a shutout inning on the mound • Tossed six innings of one-run ball to defeat Samford in the first game of a doubleheader sweep Feb. 23 • Came back four days later and notched his third win of the season with two K’s in 1.1 innings vs. Rhode Island at home • Collected his fourth win vs. Saint Joseph’s March 2 with a trio of shutout stanzas • Shut out Southern Miss for four innings March 12 in a 13-5 win in Pearl, earning his first save of the season • Improved his record to 5-0 on the year with 4.2 scoreless frames at Kentucky March 22, striking out three and walking none • Pitched a career-long 6.1 innings at No. 11 Arkansas March 31, giving up five hits and zero runs • Tallied his sixth victory in the Governor’s Cup April 9 vs. Ole Miss in Pearl, Miss., yielding just two hits in six shutout innings • Completed another scoreless outing April 18 in the 7-0 win vs. Auburn on Super Bulldog Weekend, moving to 7-0 on the season • Bettered his undefeated record with a win one outing later at Memphis April 23 with one run allowed in six stanzas • Collected his ninth “W” of the season with 1.1 innings of no-run ball vs. Alabama in game one of the May 4 doubleheader sweep • Reached double-digit wins on the final day of the regular season, giving up one run on two hits in 4.2 frames vs. No. 12 South Carolina • Tossed 3.0 innings of scoreless innings of relief vs. Missouri May 21 in the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala., and came back two days later and did the same thing against Texas A&M in 3.1 frames of work, this time collecting up his 11th win • Struck out a career-high five batters in a win vs. South Alabama June 1 in MSU’s second game of the NCAA Starkville Regional, going 5.1 shutout innings for his 12th win • Picked up his second save of the season in game one of the NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional June 8 vs. No. 6 Virginia, giving up two hits and no runs in 3.2 innings to close out the 11-6 victory • Entering MSU’s first game of the NCAA College World Series down 4-3 vs. Oregon State June 15, pitched 2.2 shutout innings to get the win as the Bulldogs won, 5-4 • Shutout the Beavers again on June 21 with another 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, helping MSU advance to the CWS Championship Series for the first time in school history • Member of the 2013 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2012: Appeared in 24 games, 23 in relief, opening his collegiate career with a 3-0 record and a 1.18 ERA • Registered 24 strikeouts in 38.0 innings pitched • Retired four of the batters he faced over two innings in his collegiate debut against Memphis Feb. 29 • Worked 2.0 innings in his lone start against Mercer March 9 • Registered a season-high four strikeouts and earned his first career win with 4.2 innings of shutout relief work against Mississippi Valley State May 8 • Pitched a season-high 5.0 innings and earned the win in State’s SEC Tournament championship game shutout win against Vanderbilt May 27 in Hoover, Ala. • Fashioned a 2.31 ERA in 10 appearances (11.2 innings pitched) in SEC competition • Made two relief appearances in the 2012 NCAA Tallahassee Regional, earning the win in State’s 8-1 victory against UAB June 2 • Member of the 2012 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll • Posted a 4-2 record with a 5.09 ERA pitching for the Matsu Miners of the Alaskan Summer Collegiate Baseball League.
2011: Redshirted his freshman year on campus • Member of the 2011 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year southpaw pitching standout at Blackman High School in Smyrna, Tenn. • Coached by Chris Parker • Registered a 9-1 record in 2009 to better the single-season school mark for pitching wins set by current Major Leaguer David Price • Also recorded two saves and a 2.48 ERA with 87 strikeouts in 77.1 innings • Second-Team 2009 All Mid-State selection as a utility player and tabbed as the Daily News Journal Pitcher of the Year and MVP as a junior • Also saw playing time at first base and center field • Hit .386 with 34 hits, 10 doubles and 19 RBIs en route to Sunbelt Team honors • Honor student • Played summer league baseball in 2009 with the Middle Tennessee Mudcats, coached by his high school coach, Chris Parker.
PERSONAL: Captain of the Bench Mobb (Second B is silent) • Born Ross Carter Mitchell on April 27, 1992 in Nashville, Tenn. • Son of Gina and Charlie Mitchell of Smyrna, Tenn. • Father, Charlie Mitchell, pitched for the Boston Red Sox (1984-85) while his uncle, John Mitchell, pitched for the New York Mets (1986-89) and the Baltimore Orioles (1990) • Organizes and produces a monthly worship event on campus at the Palmeiro Center called “The Outlet” • Went on a mission trip this past winter to the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, where he and six current and former members of the MSU baseball program joined 19 others in building houses and putting on baseball clinics for the youth on the island • Majoring in business administration and marketing.
ROSS MITCHELL’S CAREER PITCHING STATISTICS
YEAR ERA W-L GP GS-CG SH SV IP H R-ER BB SO 2B 3B HR WP HB
2012 1.18 3-0 24 1-0 3 0 38.0 24 10-5 8 24 5 0 0 2 3
2013 1.53 13-0 34 0-0 1 2 94.0 72 22-16 29 44 9 0 2 1 10
2014 2.53 8-5 19 12-4 4 0 110.1 93 35-31 30 49 15 1 2 4 10
Career 1.93 24-5 77 13-4 8 2 242.1 189 67-52 67 117 29 1 4 7 23
ROSS MITCHELL’S SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE STATISTICS
YEAR ERA W-L GP GS-CG SH SV IP H R-ER BB SO 2B 3B HR WP HB
2012 2.31 0-0 10 0-0 0 0 11.2 6 3-3 2 5 0 0 0 1 0
2013 1.54 4-0 16 0-0 0 0 35.0 36 11-6 11 12 9 0 2 0 2
2014 1.92 6-3 10 10-4 2 0 75.0 57 19-16 20 32 13 0 0 3 8
Career 1.85 10-3 36 10-4 2 0 121.2 99 33-25 33 49 22 0 2 4 10
Innings Pitched-Starter: 9.0, 3x, last at Missouri, 4/19/14
Innings Pitched-Reliever: 8.0 vs. Western Carolina, 2/14/14
Strikeouts-Starter: 5, 3x, last vs. Tennessee, 5/10/14
Strikeouts-Reliever: 7 vs. Western Carolina, 2/14/14
Walks-Starter: 4 at Georgia (DH-1), 3/15/14
Walks-Reliever: 3, 3x, last vs. UC Santa Barbara, 3/8/14
Hits Allowed-Starter: 13 vs. Ole Miss, 4/11/14
Hits Allowed-Reliever: 6, 2x, last vs. UC Santa Barbara, 3/8/14
Runs Allowed-Starter: 6, 2x, last vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 6/1/14
Runs Allowed-Reliever: 3, 4x, last vs. UCLA, 6/25/13
Earned Runs Allowed-Starter: 6, 2x, last vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 6/1/14
Earned Runs Allowed-Reliever: 3, 3x, last vs. UCLA, 6/25/13