After losing the series finale to Kansas Sunday, TCU went on the road Tuesday afternoon looking for a win.
They found one, and a pitcher, too.
The Frogs beat Baylor 2-0 in Waco today and Freshman pitcher Andrew Mitchell threw 6 2/3 shutout innings and struck out four.
Yes, the pitcher that wasn’t good enough to make TCU’s weekend rotation was good enough to go on the road in his first collegiate start and throw a two-hit shutout against the #16 team in the nation.
TCU was good. Andrew Mitchell only makes them better.
Mitchell made his first appearance last Friday in the Frogs’ opener against Kansas, throwing two innings of relief and giving up only a run. To have the compusure to come out and keep a division one team at bay in his first college appearance and to be comfortable enough to hit 94 mph several times was impressive. But a performance like the one he put together this afternoon was simply remarkable.
Mitchell, if he continues to throw like he did against Baylor, will add another element to a TCU pitching staff that wasn’t expected going into the season. Going deep into ball games as a mid-week starter ensures the bullpen will be fresh for weekend series when the Frogs will play their biggest games and it also makes sure head coach Jim Schlossnagle doesn’t have to burn one of his top three pitchers in the middle of the week.
But the scariest part of Mitchell becoming a reliable starter is that no matter how good he gets, he still won’t break into the weekend rotation.
At best, Mitchell will be a dominant fourth starter. And that’s not something to take lightly. Most NCAA teams have one, maybe two, pitcher who can go out and dominate on any given night.
TCU has three.
And Mitchell proved today, they might have a fourth.