Mitchell William Maier
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 210 lb.
- School University of Toledo
- High School Novi High School
- Debut September 23, 2006
- Final Game June 30, 2012
- Born June 30, 1982 in Petoskey, MI USA
Mitch Maier hit .444/.477/.588 as a college freshman, was named as the All-Mid-American Conference catcher and won Freshman of the Year honors in the MAC. He won the conference batting title by four points over John VanBenschoten and was a first-team Baseball America Freshman All-American.
In 2002, Mitch hit .362/.425/.643, showing reduced contact but vastly improved power. He was the All-Conference catcher again. In '03, Maier put it all together with a .448/.525/.691 line. He was second to Rickie Weeks in NCAA Division I in batting average and was 4th in OBP. He also led the MAC with 29 steals and was All-Conference for the third straight year, though Brad Snyder was named Conference MVP. Maier was named by Baseball America as a first-team All-American at DH and was the utility man on the American Baseball Coaches Association All-American team.
He was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the first round of the 2003 amateur draft (30th overall) and signed by scout Jason Bryans for $900,000. Debuting with the AZL Royals, he hit .350/.403/.507. Baseball America rated him the #4 prospect in the Arizona League, where he was also honored as an All-Star after finishing fifth in average.
In 2004, Maier hit .300/.354/.432 with 34 SB in 44 tries while fielding .903 at third base for the Burlington Bees and then .264/.326/.391 with 10 SB in 12 tries with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, where he fielded .938 at third.
In the 2006 season, he returned to Wichita and improved to .306/.357/.473, earning him a late September call-up to the Royals, where he was 2 for 13 with two walks.
Primary sources: 2002-2006 Baseball Almanacs