Originally Posted by voodoochile
Why? He could be a designated base stealer down the stretch if nothing else. All teams call minor league players up, not because they will play a lot but because they might fill a niche need and help keep players fresh or to get a taste of life in the bigs after the minor league season ends.
I'm not saying he should or should not be called up, but assuming that because he would be called up implies a failed season for the Sox seems a stretch...
Because if Mitchell makes an appearance in Chicago (which is just not going to happen), his arbitration clock starts, so I'd guess the Sox don't want to burn through those arb years to see if he's a good baserunner.
If Mitchell is here in September, its because of a combination of him having a great year in the minors (that's good!) and also we're playing for absolutely nothing but looking forward to next season (that's bad!). At most, maybe they'll let Mitchell come sit on the bench in September, but he's not seeing the field.