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Topic:  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
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brucecuth
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 8/4/2017 3:48:03 PM 
Mitch is scorching hot right now. Hit safely in 9 of last 10, 3 for 3 last nite, BA up to .346, OBP at .408 and SP at .531.

With Zimmer up in the majors, apparently to stay, and Frazier traded to Yankees last year, Mitch now looks to be one of tribe's half dozen best outfield prospects. Biggest issue would appear to be lack of power/run production, particularly for a right fielder.

Since he was hurt earlier this year and has only played 35 games at LC, I don't know that the tribe will rush to promote him. That said, it certainly appears he could handle the competition at High-A.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 8/9/2017 2:13:50 AM 
Nice piece on Mitch and his family...

http://www.news-herald.com/sports/20170808/mitch-longo-ex...
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 8/13/2017 6:25:39 PM 
What an august for Mitch...batting ave up to .383, going 3/3 with an RBI and a walk as Lake County picks up a road win Sunday.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 8/21/2017 12:47:56 PM 
Now hitting .376. That's the second highest average in all of minor league baseball (minimum 200 plate appearances).
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 9/1/2017 4:16:27 PM 
Mitch was moved up to High A Lynchburg on August 31 and celebrated by going three for four with an RBI...
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 9/5/2017 10:30:32 AM 
Boy - I'd love to see the Indians challenge him in next year and send him to Akron right away. He's had no problem hitting A-ball pitchers so far this year.




Can somebody hit a pull up jumper for me?.....

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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 9/12/2017 9:48:54 AM 
Mitch's fantastic season has come to an end. Batted .563 for Lynchburg in the Carolina League playoffs (which were shortened because of Irma, with Lynchburg crowned co-champ).

Overall, Mitch had a .376/.448/.541 slash line with 20 stolen bases in 21 attempts.

Have not seen anything about what the Tribe might have in store for Mitch during the winter. He only played 50 games because of injury...
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 2/5/2018 3:01:25 PM 
Mitch has not garnered much love from the scouting sites that put together organization Top 25 lists. Baseball America's is still to come, but neither John Sickles at Minor League Ball or ESPN's Keith Law have him listed. One little known site, Prospects1500.com, has Mitch ranked 14th among the Tribe's minor leaguers.

2 things have probably contributed to this lack of love. First, Mitch lacks power, and these days power is expected for corner outfielders. Second, a lot of sites, from what I'm told, really don't pay much attention to college players that were low draftees until they reach Class AA. They're expected to excel against the high schoolers they face in the low minors...

I expect Mitch will begin where he left off last season, at High A Lynchburg. It will be interesting to see if he can get thru the year without injury and perhaps develop a modicum of power...
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 2/7/2018 4:18:43 PM 
brucecuth wrote:
Mitch has not garnered much love from the scouting sites that put together organization Top 25 lists. Baseball America's is still to come, but neither John Sickles at Minor League Ball or ESPN's Keith Law have him listed. One little known site, Prospects1500.com, has Mitch ranked 14th among the Tribe's minor leaguers.

2 things have probably contributed to this lack of love. First, Mitch lacks power, and these days power is expected for corner outfielders. Second, a lot of sites, from what I'm told, really don't pay much attention to college players that were low draftees until they reach Class AA. They're expected to excel against the high schoolers they face in the low minors...

I expect Mitch will begin where he left off last season, at High A Lynchburg. It will be interesting to see if he can get thru the year without injury and perhaps develop a modicum of power...


I'd agree with your assessment. One area Mitch can really improve in is defense. Reading fly balls was difficult at times for him while at Ohio. His speed and athleticism allowed him to make up for many misplayed fly-balls.

I played with Mitch while at Ohio and I'll tell you that he does not lack power. He packs a TON of power and plenty of bat speed for such a small frame, he's having trouble replicating that power in games. That is all a result of facing better pitching. With time he will develop more plate discipline and jump on mistakes at a higher rate. A major factor to developing power at the professional level is being able to lay off tough pitches, something he also struggled with at times in college. This season will be a big year for him as well as the organization moving forward.

He will have to stay healthy and remain in the lineup to get his AB's.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 2/22/2018 1:34:50 PM 
MLBpipeline.com ranks Mitch 27th among tribe prospects this spring, with "skills and tools that give him a solid chance to outperform projections."
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 2/22/2018 3:52:36 PM 
brucecuth wrote:
MLBpipeline.com ranks Mitch 27th among tribe prospects this spring, with "skills and tools that give him a solid chance to outperform projections."


Sounds like he is in a great position to make some noise, hope he has a healthy spring and continues to produce!
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 3/19/2018 10:23:14 PM 
Inserted into today's spring training game. Defensive replacement. No at bats. Tribe won today. Replaced Chisenhall who had 4 at bats. Thinking he played in the field for the final inning.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 3/30/2018 4:24:45 PM 
Opens the season at High A Lynchburg. Go get 'em Mitch!
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 4/22/2018 5:33:33 PM 
http://didthetribewinlastnight.com/blog/2018/04/21/clevel... /
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 5/8/2018 3:39:27 PM 
After a slow start in the cold weather, Mitch put together a 16 game hitting streak and was batting about .315 on May 6.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 5/8/2018 6:47:40 PM 
brucecuth wrote:
After a slow start in the cold weather, Mitch put together a 16 game hitting streak and was batting about .315 on May 6.


Happy to hear the news!


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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 5/22/2018 8:45:42 AM 
Mitch is riding a 7 game hitting streak (ll for 32). Last night, 2 for 4 with a double and HR. Now hitting .305
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 6/17/2018 6:53:04 PM 
A very nice weekend for Mitch. Breaking out of a 3 for 25 slump, Mitch had 5 hits in 13 official trips to the plate, including an HR. BA back up to .288.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 7/8/2018 8:27:26 AM 
A 3 for 6 effort capped a recent 10 game span in which Mitch batted .341 and raised his figure for the season to .294. During that stretch he also stole 5 bases giving him 13 on the year.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 7/9/2018 10:16:21 PM 
4 for 4 tonight
back to 300 for the season

could he get to Akron later this year?
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 7/28/2018 9:06:07 AM 
2 for 5 last nite continues a hot month for Mitch. Batting .345 in July and .301 overall. Keep in mind also that this is by far the most games Mitch has played in a season since being drafted. Keep it going for 5 more weeks, Mitch!
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 7/29/2018 11:26:27 AM 
Now in top list of Tribe prospects

:http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018?list=cle
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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 7/29/2018 1:48:26 PM 
Good to see him getting this recognition. I wonder if he'll move up to a higher minor league next year. What do you think his next stop might be?


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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 7/30/2018 1:48:56 PM 
At this point I doubt they move him and figure as long as he stays healthy, has a solid August and a solid spring training, he will likely start next season at AA Akron. AA is often a make or break stop as a lot of the top talent is there and the level of competition should get tougher for Mitch.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Mitch Longo - Cleveland Indians
   Posted: 7/30/2018 2:34:29 PM 
Andrew Ruck wrote:
At this point I doubt they move him and figure as long as he stays healthy, has a solid August and a solid spring training, he will likely start next season at AA Akron. AA is often a make or break stop as a lot of the top talent is there and the level of competition should get tougher for Mitch.


Thanks for the insights.


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