by Ryan Peterson
When a baseball player's taken in the pro draft, there's not much time for celebration. High school players like Alto's Tarlandus Mitchell have to make a life changing decision. Do you go pro? Or go to school, and raise your draft stock?
The Chicago Cubs 22nd round pick is going pro.
Mitchell, who threw 115 strikeouts in 42 innings his senior season with the Yellowjackets, will skip the chance to play baseball and football at Navarro Junior College. Next stop is rookie ball in Tucson, Arizona.
Mitchell says it was an extremely tough choice, but he's ready to work his way up the minor's.
"They're (Cubs) a good ball club," Mitchell says. "They're playing very well right now and I just thought it was my time."
Cubs area scout Trey Forkerway says Mitchell's raw athletic ability was too good to pass up.
"I always laugh because I barely found his house and I barely found the game I came to see him play," Forkerway says of Mitchell. "But you know that's what scouting is all about. If you don't look in the cracks and crevices you never find kids like Tarlandus."
Forkerway added that the Cubs have also agreed to terms with first round pick Andrew Cashner. The T.C.U. pitcher played at Angelina College in 2006 and 2007.