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Garrett Mitchell Called Up by Milwaukee Brewers

Aug 27, 2022
Garrett Mitchell (photo: Scott Chandler)

Former UCLA standout outfielder Garrett Mitchell had his contract selected by the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, setting him up to make his Major League Baseball debut.

When he makes his first appearance, he'll become the 88th UCLA baseball player all-time to reach the Majors, and the 25th coached by current UCLA head coach John Savage. He is also just the seventh member of the 2020 draft class to reach MLB. 

With Mitchell's call-up, every UCLA team from 1965-2020 has had at least one player compete in MLB, a span of 56 consecutive years.

Milwaukee's first round pick in the 2020 MLB Draft (No. 20 overall), Mitchell has put together solid numbers over seasons in the Minor Leagues. He's put together a combined .287/.377/.426 slash line across three levels this season, and was hitting at a torrid pace (.342/.435/.466) in 20 games at Triple-A before receiving his call-up.

A five-tool threat, Mitchell also has 17 stolen bases on the season and has been a standout with the glove in the outfield.

Mitchell was a three-year starter in the outfield at UCLA (2018-20), putting together an outstanding career slash line of .327/.393/.478 with 45 extra-base hits and 28 stolen bases. He had a breakout sophomore campaign in 2019 (.355/.425/.484, school-record 12 triples) en route to All-America honors, and was off to a red-hot start in 2020 (.919 OPS) before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At No. 20 overall, Mitchell was UCLA's highest-selected position player in the MLB Draft since Chase Utley in 2000 (No. 15 – Philadelphia). His 15 career triples rank second in school history.

The Brewers are home for their next five games, hosting the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 27-28 before opening a three-game series with Pittsburgh from Aug. 29-31.

Stay tuned to @UCLABaseball on Twitter for all team updates.