Q&A with Mets 2010 12th Rd Pick Bret Mitchell

Mitchell was selected 362nd overall

With their 12th round pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, the New York Mets selected right-hander Bret Mitchell out of Minnesota State-Mankato. InsidePitchMagazine.com caught up with Mitchell to talk about his selection by the Mets, his repertoire, how he competes, and much more.

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InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us, what is going through you mind right now after being selected by a team like the New York Mets?

Bret Mitchell: I was going out to the bus and my cousin called and said I got drafted. It was pretty funny actually because I wasn't expecting it right then.

Inside Pitch: Were you surprised that it was the Mets that drafted you? Did you and the club have any discussions leading up to the draft?

Mitchell: I have been talking with Mets scouts off and on for over two years now, and I think this is a good fit.

Inside Pitch: Do you have any ideas of what the Mets' organization or farm system is like?

Mitchell: My roommate's cousin plays for them on the Brooklyn squad. It sounds like a great atmosphere there and I'm excited to go wherever they send me.

Inside Pitch: How do you feel your amateur days have prepared you for the jump to professional ball?

Mitchell: I've progressed a lot, and I keep working on getting better. My change up is my summer project right now.

Inside Pitch: What type of pitcher are you? How do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?

Mitchell: I attack hitters with four pitches. My curveball is my best and I can improve on all of them, but I think I can really help whatever squad I end up on.

Inside Pitch: Did you have any ideas or projections of where you may go in the draft or did you just prepare to be selected at any time?

Mitchell: No, I really wasn't sure where or when I go. I'm just really excited to be drafted, this has been a huge day for me.

Inside Pitch: Can you describe your repertoire? What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? What is your best pitch and what do you think needs the most work?

Mitchell: My fast ball is around 94 MPH and my changeup and curve ball are both around 81 to 82 MPH. My slider is around 86 MPH and like I said I'm really putting in some time on improving my change up right now. My curve ball is my most stabile pitch right now but I'm going to improve on everything as I go along. I'm just trying to diversify as much as I can to keep hitters off balance and guessing.

Inside Pitch: To give our readers, and Mets fans, a better image of what you look like on the mound, is there someone at the big league level you could compare your style to?

Mitchell: Well no pitcher likes to give up walks, and that really describes me. I absolutely hate giving up a walk for any reason. I go right at the batter I'm facing every time I'm on the mound.

Inside Pitch: What was your favorite team and your favorite player growing up?

Mitchell: I'm from Minnesota, so the Twins of course. My family says they'll change though now that I'm with the Mets (laughing).

Inside Pitch: What would you say was your best baseball moment by far?

Mitchell: Today ranks right there, this has been a really cool experience so far. I can't wait to see what comes next for me.

Inside Pitch: I'm sure you know New York is known for its high-intensity atmosphere. What do you think about the prospects of playing in New York one day?

Mitchell: It'll be really exciting. I have family in Boston so I know I'll have a following to see me in action there. I know playing in New York will be different than here, and I have never been there so you don't know quite what to expect.

Inside Pitch: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Mets? Is it your intention to sign now and get your career started immediately?

Mitchell: I'm going to take some time to spend with my family and rest a little bit. I have a meeting set up for next weekend and that should help clarify things as to where I'll end up and what they'll expect out of me. I want to get started and see how well I can do at the next level.

Assistant Head Coach Adam Christ thoughts: He has a real good curve ball, and still needs to improve across the board but he's doing really good. He has some solid pitches in his arsenal and will just get better with time.

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