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Peter Flaherty - Baseball America

Today's #SaturdaySleeper is OF Nick Mitchell (@IndianaBase).
Mitchell makes his way to Bloomington after a two-year standout career at Western Illinois. After an excellent Freshman campaign, Mitchell had a breakout summer in the Northwoods League to the tune of a .372/.472/.531 slash line with 24 XBH (13 2B, 8 3B, 49 RBIs, and 39 BB to just 24 Ks.
Last spring, Mitchell was a First Team All-Summit League selection after hitting .354/.454/.568 with 27 XBH (17 2B), 24 RBIs, and more BB (33) than Ks (25). He then proceeded to enjoy an All-Star summer on the Cape in which he hit .258/.354/.381 with 8 XBH and 10 RBIs.
Mitchell has a small, compact frame at 5'9" and 180-lbs. Crouched stance in the box with a strong base. Medium-high handset. Short, direct swing with a minimal load and small stride. Present hand speed. Flat bat path and line-drive oriented stroke that is geared towards spraying the ball all over the yard.
He has an advanced approach that pairs nicely with his plus bat-to-ball skills. During the school season, Mitchell boasted an impressive IZ contact rate of 94%, while during the Cape season his IZ contact rate was 92% (including 94% against FB). Overall chase rate was also sub-20%. Mitchell's comfort level in the box is evident, and he has sound pitch recognition skills. While his power is below average, Mitchell's hit tool is a comfortable 55.
Mitchell profiles defensively as a LF professionally. He has quick feet with good route running skills, and his feel for the game is apparent. A plus runner who is a problem-causer on the bases, one can expect to find Mitchell's fingerprints all over the box score night in and night out.
You're betting on Mitchell's ability to hit and even with the lack of power, he projects as a 7th-11th round pick this July.

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Hogan Denny of Mooresville HS is the Indiana Gatorade POY and committed to IU.

MOORESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT-ATHLETE NAMED GATORADE INDIANA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR CHICAGO (June 3, 2024) — In its 39th year of honoring the nation’s most elite high school athletes, Gatorade today announced Hogan Denny of Mooresville High School is the 2023-24 Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year. Denny is the first Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Mooresville High School. The award, which celebrates the nation’s top high school athletes for excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community, distinguishes Denny as Indiana’s best high school baseball player. From CEOs and coaches to star athletes, Gatorade Player of the Year winners showcase the power of sport, touting an all-star group of alumni that includes Gary Sheffield (1985-86, Hillsborough High School, Fla.), Alex Rodriguez (1992-93, Westminster Christian School, Fla.), Clayton Kershaw (2005-06, Highland Park High School, Texas) and Max Clark (2022-23, 2021-22 & 2020-21, Franklin Community High School, Ind.).

The 6-foot, 185-pound senior catcher, right-handed pitcher and infielder led the Pioneers to a 29-3 record and the 4A state championship this past season. Denny batted .473 with 38 RBI, 10 home runs, including a grand slam and scored 37 runs. He also compiled a 2-0 record with 10 saves on the mound, posting a 0.94 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 29.2 innings pitched.

Denny has volunteered locally on behalf of Champions of Character, a Mooresville High School student-athlete organization dedicated to instilling the values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership on and off the field. He has also donated his time offering hitting instruction to youth baseball players. “Hogan is a game-changer for the Pioneers and the catalyst for their success in all aspects of the game,” said Sean Winkelseth, head coach at Decatur Central High School. “He’s a guy you circle (in the lineup) to prevent from beating you, if possible. Even with that, he finds a way to impact each game he’s in.”

Denny has maintained a 3.17 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Indiana University this fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which leverages experts including coaches, scouts, media and others as sources to help evaluate and determine the state winners in each sport.

Denny joins recent Gatorade Indiana Baseball Players of the Year Max Clark (2022-23, 2021-22, & 2020-21, Franklin Community High School) and Ryan Lynch (2019-20, Penn High School), among the state’s list of former award winners.

As part of Gatorade’s commitment to breaking down barriers in sport, every Player of the Year also receives a grant to donate to a social impact partner. To date, the Gatorade Player of the Year program has provided more than $4.9 million in grants to winners across more than 1,900 organizations.

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