Mitchell Aker

#17 MITCHELL AKER – RHP
Height: 6-2 Weight: 185
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Born: Vienna, Virginia
Resides: Vienna, Virginia
High School: Paul VI (Fairfax, Virginia)
College: College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia – “Tribe”)
Draft: NDFA – ARI – 2017
Born: 6/22/94 Opening Night Age: 24
Classification: ROOKIE

Career Highlights: Third season of professional baseball and first with the Goldeyes…acquired by the Goldeyes on 1/29/19 from the Frontier League’s Evansville Otters in exchange for PJ Browne…career 2-13 record with 19 saves and a 6.91 ERA in 49 games, 40 of them in relief…31 career games finished…83.1 career innings pitched, allowing 102 hits, 43 walks, and 16 home runs…63 career strikeouts…2018 Frontier League All-Star…signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks as a non-drafted free agent in 2017…reached the Double-A level in 2017…played four seasons of college baseball at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia from 2013-16…combined 9-7 with six saves and a 5.91 ERA for the Tribe in 66 games, 25 of them as a starting pitcher…played at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Virginia…father, Michael, played football at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota…full name is Mitchell Hale Aker

2018
Evansville (Frontier/Ind.): 1-5 with 19 saves and a 4.66 ERA for the Otters in 34 games, all of them in relief…finished 29 games…36.2 innings pitched, allowing 35 hits, 23 walks, and six home runs…struck out 33…did not allow an earned run in 23 of 34 relief appearances…finished third in the Frontier League in saves…Frontier League All-Star…held opposition to a .220 average with runners in scoring position (50 AB)…earned first career save on 5/12 vs. Washington, pitching 0.2 scoreless innings…struck out two and picked up the save with 1.0 scoreless inning on 5/16 at Joliet…struck out three in 1.0 shutout inning while earning the save on 5/30 vs. Florence…earned the save and struck out two in 1.0 scoreless inning on 6/6 vs. Gateway…struck out two in 2.0 scoreless relief innings on 8/12 vs. Florence…pitched 2.0 shutout relief innings with two strikeouts on 8/14 vs. Normal…helped Otters reach the Frontier League playoffs

2017
Jackson (Southern/AA/Arizona): 0-1 in two relief appearances for the Generals, finishing both…1.1 innings pitched, allowing one earned run, two hits, three walks, and zero home runs

Kane County (Midwest/A/Arizona): 0-2 in two starts and two relief appearances for the Cougars…9.0 innings pitched, allowing 12 earned runs, 19 hits, eight walks, and one home run…struck out two…made professional debut on 5/10 vs. Great Lakes, striking out two and not allowing an earned run in 3.2 relief innings…helped Cougars reach the Midwest League playoffs

Hillsboro (Northwest/A-/Arizona): 1-5 with a 7.86 ERA for the Hops in seven starts and one relief appearance…34.1 innings pitched, allowing 43 hits, nine walks, and eight home runs…struck out 25…made first career start on 6/16 at Everett, allowing two earned runs in 6.0 innings with four strikeouts while taking the loss…struck out seven and allowed three unearned runs in 5.2 innings during start on 6/22 vs. Salem-Keizer while taking the loss…picked up first career win during start on 7/18 at Vancouver, allowing five earned runs in 6.1 innings while striking out two…helped Hops reach the Northwest League playoffs

Missoula (Pioneer/R/Arizona): Made one relief appearance for the Osprey, allowing two earned runs, three hits, zero walks, and one home run in 2.0 innings…struck out three…helped Osprey reach the Pioneer League playoffs

Rick Forney on Mitchell Aker: Mitchell is a very powerful, young pitcher that is starting to come into his own. I saw him two years ago at a Diamondbacks’ tryout camp, and he was very impressive. I also had the chance to see him throw two weeks ago in northern Virginia at a showcase, and walked away very impressed. His velocity at the recent workout was 94 to 96 miles per hour. Anytime you can add a rookie arm like that to your roster, you need to move on it.