MLB Draft: UCLA’s Garrett Mitchell selected in first round by Milwaukee Brewers

UCLA outfielder Garrett Mitchell was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers with the No. 20 overall pick in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft.

Mitchla, UCLA’s starting fielder and leadoff hitter, is the first Bruin selected in the MLB Draft 2020. He is the second straight Bruin to be selected in the first round of the MLB Draft after Michael Toglia became general in the Colorado Rockies last year. selected to number 23. Toglia was the first round for the Bruins since 2000.

“We are very excited about him,” said UCLA coach John Savage earlier this week. “He is ready to go out and become a professional. … He’s just the complete package. ”

Mitchell started all 15 games of UCLA during this year’s shortened season and led the team in runs (18), doubles, triples, extra-base hits (7), hitting streak (10 straight games) and multi-hit games (8 ). His three strikeouts this season made him the 12th hardest batter to strikeout in the NCAA. He was named a unanimous preseason All-America squad for the 2020 season.

Mitchell’s breakout year came in 2019 when Bruins made history with a program record of 52 wins and a 12-week stint ranked as the No. 1 team in the country. That year, Mitchell set the UCLA record for one season with 12 triples, which then led the NCAA and was named All-American and finalist for the ABCA Gold Glove Award. In a team-high 258 at bats, Mitchell recorded 14 doubles, six homeruns, 57 runs and 41 RBI’s. He led the team with 25 multi-hit games and ended the year with a 12-game hitting streak. His 1.45 hits per game, 90 total on the season, ranked him fifth nationally. Mitchell started all 62 games for Bruins and ended the season with a .349 batting average on top of a .418 on-base percentage and a .566 slugging percentage.

As a freshman in 2018, he played in 44 games with 41 starts for the Bruins. He finished second in the team with 17 two-out RBI’s and was named Preseason Freshman of the Year by Baseball America.

He ends his three-year UCLA career with a .327 / .393 / .478 slash with 24 doubles, 15 triples and six home runs. His 15 career triples put him in second place on the UCLA list of all time.

As a high school student, Mitchell was voted the No. 411th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Oakland A’s. His decision to postpone his professional career and continue playing collegiate for UCLA instead paid off for the Orange Lutheran High School alumnus, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 9.

Mitchell, from Orange, was ranked as the No. 12 recruit in MaxPreps’ list of Top-100 High School Seniors in 2017 before joining UCLA. That same year, he was named a squad of the first team of Baseball America All-America and received the ABCA / Rawlings Gold Glove.

Last summer, Mitchell played for the United States Collegiate National Team to become the 18th Brown.

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