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Bryan Bedford Mitchell

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Bryan Mitchell was a 16th-round draft pick of the New York Yankees in the 2009 amateur draft. He began his pro career in 2010 and reached the majors in 2014.

On April 19, 2014 the Yankees were pummeled by the Tampa Bay Rays, 16-1. They called up Preston Claiborne and Mitchell as insurance for the next day's game, and Mitchell was very nearly pressed into service, for the game went 12 innings. Mitchell was the last man left in the bullpen when the Yankees scored four runs in the top of the 12th, and he briefly started to warm up when Claiborne put some runners on. However, Claiborne finished the game without further ado and Mitchell was returned to the Trenton Thunder (shortly thereafter, David Robertson was reactivated from the disabled list).

It turned out that Mitchell hurt his elbow in that big-league warmup. However, he was still regarded as a good prospect. The Yankees called him up again briefly with one game left before the All-Star break. Manager Joe Girardi said: "I'd rather be protected on the pitching side." Again, Mitchell did not appear in a game, but when he was sent down, it was to Triple-A - effectively, a promotion. He finally did make his debut on August 10th, when he pitched two scoreless innings of relief against the Cleveland Indians.

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