Cal Mitchell

Cal Mitchell

25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Diego Padres
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Mitchell is headed to a new organization for the first time in 2024 as he signed a minor-league contract with San Diego in November. The 24-year-old outfielder has shown flashes of upside with Pittsburgh slashing .339/.391/.547 in 261 Triple-A plate appearances during 2022, but struggled in 2023 with just a .261/.333/.414 across 316 plate appearances. That said his path to major league playing time is clearer in San Diego than it was in Pittsburgh if he can impress in spring training after the trades of Juan Soto and Trent Grisham opened two roles in the Padres outfield. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Padres in November of 2023.
Loses out in roster battle
OFSan Diego Padres  AAA
March 11, 2024
The Padres reassigned Mitchell to minor-league camp Monday.
ANALYSIS
Mitchell was attending camp as a non-roster invitee but didn't do enough in spring training to make a legitimate run at an Opening Day roster spot, as he slashed .227/.280/.455 over 11 Cactus League games. He's likely to begin the season with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate in El Paso.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
2024
No Stats
2023
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .689 56 4 2 5 0 .245 .255 .434
Since 2022vs Right .606 181 17 3 12 3 .215 .293 .313
2024vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Right .200 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000
2022vs Left .689 56 4 2 5 0 .245 .255 .434
2022vs Right .616 176 17 3 12 3 .220 .295 .321
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+58%
OPS at Home
2024
No Stats
2023
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+62%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .747 132 14 4 12 1 .264 .326 .421
Since 2022Away .473 105 7 1 5 2 .168 .231 .242
2024Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Home .200 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000
2023Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Home .767 127 14 4 12 1 .274 .331 .436
2022Away .473 105 7 1 5 2 .168 .231 .242
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2019
After being left unprotected in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft, Mitchell announced his presence in 2022 by shelling Triple-A pitching to the tune of a .339/.391/.547 line in 261 plate appearances. That earned him a chance in Pittsburgh, though he was demoted back to Triple-A after early struggles. Given a chance to Redeem himself, Mitchell posted a considerably improved .306 wOBA, 96 wRC+ and 20.1 percent strikeout rate in 144 plate appearances between July 15 and the close of the campaign - passable marks for a 23-year-old. Both his major and minor-league track record suggest that batting average and counting stats are likely to be the primary ways in which Mitchell creates fantasy value. He rarely struck out at much more than a 20 percent clip while rising through the Pirates' minor-league system, but regularly posted ISOs below .200. Looking ahead to 2023, Mitchell appeared to be a frontrunner for a corner outfield spot, but he was unable to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster during spring training and is beginning the campaign in the minors. Bryan Reynolds, Jack Suwinski and Andrew McCutchen are likely to start from left to right in the outfield for Pittsburgh.
If a left-handed hitter slashes .258/.325/.409 in 385 PA against righties and .357/.413/.490 in 110 PA against southpaws in his Low-A debut as a 19-year-old, it means one of three things. He either got lucky in a small sample against same-handed pitchers, got unlucky in a large sample against righties, or has natural reverse platoon splits. The best-case scenario would be that Mitchell was unlucky against righties, but that is also the least likely scenario -- his .347 BABIP for the season was perfectly in line with his line-drive-oriented approach. The 50th overall pick in 2017, Mitchell is a below-average runner who is destined for left field, so he needs to hit a ton. While he is excellent at getting the ball in the air, he struggles to use the whole field (26.1 Oppo%). There are plenty of evaluators who think his ability to lace line drives (28.4 LD%) will lead to a plus hit tool, but there are valid reasons to be skeptical of that at this stage.
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Signs with Friars
OFSan Diego Padres  AAA
November 15, 2023
Mitchell signed a minor-league contract with the Padres on Wednesday and received an invitation to major-league spring training, Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
OFPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
September 5, 2023
Pittsburgh outrighted Mitchell to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
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Designated for assignment
OFPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
September 1, 2023
The Pirates designated Mitchell for assignment Friday.
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Optioned to Triple-A
OFPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
June 23, 2023
Mitchell was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.
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Recalled from Triple-A
OFPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
June 20, 2023
Pittsburgh recalled Mitchell from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.
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