Boggs with the St.Louis Cardinals
February 15, 1984 |
|June 6, 2008 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||4.12|
Career highlights and awards
Mitchell Thomas Boggs (born February 15, 1984) is a professional baseball pitcher who is currently in the Atlanta Braves organization of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played professionally for the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies.
Boggs played two sports while attending Dalton High School. He played baseball for the Catamounts under the direction of Coach Manny Pontonio. Boggs was a pitcher and also a 3rd baseman who was recruited to be a dual-sport college star.
Boggs also played quarterback for Dalton High's football team. His senior year, Boggs led the Catamounts to a 13–2 record, and an appearance in the AAA State Championship Game. He passed for 2,224 yards and 18 touchdowns and added 684 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground that season.
Boggs signed a baseball scholarship at the University of Georgia but after one season in which he saw limited playing time, he described himself as "burned out" and transferred to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he was a walk-on quarterback for the Mocs' football team. After only one semester at UTC he transferred back to UGA and helped the Bulldogs reach the 2004 College World Series. While at Georgia, Boggs pitched for the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. He appeared in 8 total games, owning a 6–0 record, including a 0.91 regular season Earned Run Average (ERA) and two wins in the playoffs. Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals after his junior year, Boggs left Georgia to begin his professional career.
St. Louis Cardinals
On June 6, 2008, Boggs was promoted to the Cardinals' major league club from the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds to replace Mike Parisi on the active roster. In 12 starts with the Redbirds in 2008 before his promotion, Boggs was 5–1 with a 3.28 ERA.
Boggs broke out in 2012, having the best year of his career. He had a record of 4 wins and 1 loss with an ERA of 2.21. He also led the National League in holds with 34.
Boggs spent part of 2013 as the closer for St. Louis, but he was sent to the minor leagues in early May with an ERA of 12.66. He came back to the Cardinals after 18 days on May 20 and blew Michael Wacha's 2-1 lead in his debut on May 30. He was demoted a second time to AAA-Memphis the next day.
On July 9, 2013, Boggs was traded to the Colorado Rockies for an international signing bonus. In 9 games for the Rockies, Boggs posted a 3.12 despite shaky command. After the season, Boggs was non-tendered by Colorado, becoming a free agent.
Chicago White Sox
On February 7, 2014, Boggs signed a one-year $1.1 million deal with the Chicago White Sox. He was released on March 23. He re-signed to a minor league deal on April 1. He was released again on July 1, 2014 after posting an ERA over 9 in 25 games.
San Francisco Giants
On July 21, 2014, Boggs was signed to a minor league deal by the San Francisco Giants. Boggs appeared in just 10 games for the Grizzlies, inducing 7 walks in just 13 innings for Fresno. He was released after the season.
Boston Red Sox
On January 5, 2015, the Boston Red Sox signed Boggs to a minor league contract.
On April 20, 2015 Boggs signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves.
Boggs married his high school sweetheart LeLe Crutchfield in December 2010. His brother Matthew Boggs played baseball for Georgia Tech and was a part of the Yellow Jackets' 2002 CWS team. Mitchell Boggs is not related to Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs.
- Dalton Native Mitchell Boggs Driven to Succeed in Pro Baseball, Dalton Magazine, 3/4/11
- Bittersweet victory for Cardinals : Ludwick, Boggs star, but Pujols likely headed to DL after injury, St. Louis Cardinals.com, 6/10/08
- Perry, Dayn (May 3, 2013). "Cardinals option Mitchell Boggs to Triple-A". CBSSports.com.
- Twitter / psaundersdp: Just confirmed that #Rockies will non-tender RHP Mitchell Boggs, making him a free agent.
- "Mitchell Boggs, White Sox agree to $1.1M deal". Associated Press. SI.com. February 7, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
- Abraham, Peter (January 5, 2015). "Baseball notebook: Red Sox sign Mitchell Boggs to minor league deal". Boston Globe. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
- White, R. J. "Braves sign Mitchell Boggs to minor-league deal". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Boggs player profile at Scout.com