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Blake Mitchell drafted No. 8 by Royals in 2023 MLB Draft

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With the No. 8 pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, the Royals selected high school catcher Blake Mitchell.

Mitchell, MLB Pipeline’s No. 14 Draft prospect, has a long track record of performance, both at Sinton (Texas) High School and on the U.S. junior team the last two summers. 

While pulling double duty as a catcher and pitcher, Mitchell won Gatorade state player of the year honors in both 2022 and 2023 and helped Sinton win the Texas 4-A title during his junior season.

An LSU recruit, Mitchell has the strength, bat speed and patient approach to hit for average and power from the left side of the plate.

He’s also the rare high school catcher who comes with little uncertainty about his fielding ability, projecting at least as an average receiver and blocker. 

Mitchell’s preeminent defensive tool, though, is his plus-plus arm strength, which he’s flashed both behind the plate and on the mound. With the ability to reach 97 mph with his fastball, Mitchell could have a fallback career as a pitcher.

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