Thursday, March 25, 2010

1976 Topps #393 - Paul Mitchell

  • Paul Mitchell pitched in the majors from 1975-1980. Mitchell was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1968 but didn't sign. He was then drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1971. Paul pitched in the minors from 1972-1975, mostly for their AAA Rochester team.

  • Mitchell was 10-1 with a 2.06 ERA in 14 starts for Rochester in 1975 when he was called up to the Orioles in late June. He pitched in 11 games (4 starts) for the Orioles in 1975 and was 3-0 with a 3.63 ERA. After the 1975 season Paul was traded with Mike Torrez and Don Baylor to the Oakland A's for Reggie Jackson, Ken Holtzman and a minor leaguer.

  • Paul was 9-7 with a 4.25 ERA in 26 starts for the A's in 1976. In 1977 Mitchell had a rough go of it with the A's. He pitched in five games (3 of them starts) and was 0-3 with a 10.54 ERA. Paul spent some time in the minors and didn't fare very well either. On August 4 Mitchell was purchased by the Seattle Mariners. He was inserted into Seattle's starting rotation and was 3-3 with a 4.99 ERA in nine starts.

  • Mitchell was 8-14 with a 4.18 ERA in 29 starts for the Mariners in 1978. Paul started the 1979 season with the Mariners and was 1-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 10 games (6 starts) when he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on June 7 for Randy Stein. Paul pitched in 18 games (8 of them starts) for the Brewers in '79 and was 3-3 with a 5.76 ERA.

  • Paul was an occasional starter and reliever for the Brewers in 1980. He went 5-5 with one save and a 3.53 ERA in 17 games (11 starts). He also spent about 7 weeks pitching for AAA Vancouver in 1980.

  • At the end of spring training in 1981 Mitchell was released by the Brewers. He hooked on with the New York Yankees' AAA Columbus team and pitched in seven games but Paul didn't make it back to the majors.

  • Liked to face: Kevin Bell (.000 in 13 AB); Reggie Jackson (.136 in 22 AB); Rusty Staub (.118 in 17 AB)
  • Hated to face: Rod Carew/Larry Hisle (.563 in 16 AB); Roy Smalley (.483 in 29 AB); Mike Hargrove (.480 in 25 AB)

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