Scott Michael Mitchinson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 185 lb.
- School University of Western Australia
Scott Mitchinson reached high A ball in 2008.
Mitchinson debuted in his native Australia's Claxton Shield in 2002, when he allowed 4 runs in 4 1/3 innings as a 17-year-old for the Western Australia Heelers. In the 2003 Shield, he gave up two runs in four innings. The Philadelphia Phillies became interested in the right-hander and signed him to a deal.
Scott allowed 2 runs and 9 hits in 6 innings for the Heelers in the 2004 Shield. He was signed by scout Kevin Hooker for $10,000 and made his debut in the US minor leagues, doing an amazing job for the GCL Phillies. He went 7-0 with a 1.75 ERA, walking a single batter in 61 2/3 IP while striking out 60. He gave up only 40 hits, including just two homers. He led the Gulf Coast League in innings, tied Luis Valdez for the win lead, was 3 strikeouts behind leader Gabriel Sosa and was second to Gaby Hernandez in ERA. That earned him the nod as the All-Star starting pitcher for the 2004 GCL. Baseball America rated him as the league's #20 prospect, second on his club's staff behind Carlos Carrasco.
Mitchinson faded significantly in 2005. Spending almost the entire season with the Batavia Muckdogs, he was 5-6 with a 5.35 ERA. He allowed 88 hits and 16 walks in 70 2/3 IP. In 2006, Scott was 1-1 with a 1.12 ERA for Western Australia in the Claxton Shield after having sat out 2005.
Mitchinson spent the summer of '06 with the Lakewood BlueClaws (3-3, 3.96, 64 K in 61 1/3 IP) and GCL Phillies (0-1, 2 R in 2 IP). In 2007, the right-hander split time between the GCL Phils (0-1, 2.79), Williamsport Crosscutters (0-2, 3.21) and Lakewood (3-3, 4.12). Overall, he struck out 75 in 67 1/3 IP.
Mitchinson was 1-0 for Australia with a 2.35 ERA in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, getting the win over the German national team and making three appearances overall. That winter, he went to the Oakland Athletics in the AAA phase of the 2007 Rule V Draft.
Scott was 0-1, 2.77 for the Heelers in the 2008 Claxton Shield after having skipped '07. He then was back with the Australian squad for the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, posting a 1.23 ERA in two relief stints, against Germany and South Africa. He got the save against Germany.
In his first year in the Oakland chain, Scott pitched for the Kane County Cougars (5-3, 1.74, 78 K, 60 H, 11 BB in 77 2/3 IP) and the Stockton Ports (1-0, 1.69). He made the Midwest League mid-season All-Star team. Mitchinson was on Australia's provisional roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic and was a very late addition to their final roster. It proved to be a good move as he was one of only two Australian pitchers not to allow a run, tossing 2/3 of a scoreless inning in the Classic.