According to a report from Cubs.com, Mitch Atkins will be stretched out this spring as “the Cubs consider their options for the fifth spot in the rotation.” Atkins was mentioned in a report focused on Aaron Heilman along with Sean Marshall, Chad Gaudin and Jeff Samardzija as possibilities for the final spot in Lou Piniella’s rotation. The Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year for 2008 was added to the Cubs 40-man roster over the winter. Mitch Atkins was an impressive 8-1 in 10 starts with the I-Cubs last season. Atkins posted a 4.47 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP in Triple-A (48 hits, 44 strikeouts and 23 walks in 54 1/3 innings) after a solid start to the year with the Tennessee Smokies.
Atkins was 9-6 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP (107 hits, 88 strikeouts and 27 walks in 110 innings) in Double-A.
From The VineLine: “Atkins throws four pitches. A low 90s fastball, curveball and change-up for strikes. Athletic, poised and polished mechanically.” Atkins’ fourth pitch is a cutter.
Information on Mitch Atkins from Cubs’ Storylines of the Spring….The Other Arms and the Catching Corp