Chandler Prep 8th grader Derrick Mitchell has had quite a summer on the baseball diamond. Not only has Mitchell made his name known on the local baseball scene, he is now garnering attention on a national level as well. Derrick is one of a few players from around the United States training for a spot on the 14U National Development Team for 2018. Last week included a trip to the USA Baseball Training Facility in Cary, NC. Derrick helped his team, the Southwest Region, to the championship title. He hit a home run and pitching four innings to earn the win in the final. The Southwest team was made up of top players from New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona. Along with last week’s performance, Derrick’s candidacy is based on his showcases at the 14U West National Team ID Series this past March as part of the Wilson Sandlot 14U team. Mitchell was recently invited to attend the International Power Showcase Home Run Derby that will take place in Dallas, TX in November and in Miami, FL in December. Other trips where Derrick excelled this past summer included the Travel Ball National Championships in Atlanta, GA, and the National Youth Baseball Championships in Yaphank, NY. Several diamond analysts coined Derrick as one of the top 12U baseball players in the country,
Last year as a 7th grader, Derrick was chosen as the MVP of the Chandler Prep middle school “A” team, coached by Martin Vilaboy. He helped lead the Titans to the GHMSL final. Derrick is the son of Deonne and Donya Mitchell.
We sat down with Derrick to learn a little more about him and his aspirations:
Attending Chandler Prep involves rigorous academic standards and course work. How do you balance your school responsibilities with a busy baseball schedule?
D: “Time management. I try to make good use of my time during the school day, using Lyceum and other free times to get my homework done. That way I have the afternoons and evenings more available to spend time on baseball.”
What is your goal in baseball? How far do you want to go?
D: “I want to make it all the way…to Major League Baseball.”
What MLB team or teams do you support?
D: “I am just an huge baseball fan. I watch the Dbacks but just love baseball in general.
Who is Major League players that you look up to or try to emulate?
D: “Aaron Judge of the Yankees. I am also inspired by Jackie Robinson after watching a movie about him and learning more about him through an MLB camp I attended this summer.”
Chandler Prep Athletics, and the Chandler Prep community wish Derrick continued success!
Derrick with MLB Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda
Derrick with current Nationals Manager Dusty Baker