Atkins with the Baltimore Orioles
|York Revolution – No. 16|
October 1, 1985 |
Browns Summit, North Carolina
|July 29, 2009, for the Chicago Cubs|
(through 2011 season)
|Earned run average||6.75|
Mitchell Shane Atkins (born October 1, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the York Revolution of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles and the Lamigo Monkeys of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
Atkins played high school baseball at Northeast Guilford High School in McLeansville, NC. He originally committed to Elon University, but was drafted by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2004 MLB Draft, 216th overall.
He made his Major League debut on July 29, 2009 against the Houston Astros. Atkins pitched two games during late July of '09 and then would not see the big league mound again until July 9, 2010 when he pitched a 1.1 innings in Los Angeles.
Mitch has twice been named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week. He also was a Southern League All-Star (2008), Florida State League All-Star (2007), and a Midwest League All-Star (2006).
He is believed to be the first MLB player from Guilford County NC schools since 1964.
He started his first MLB game on July 5, 2011, in a losing effort for the Baltimore Orioles.
He signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals on February 9, 2012.
Atkins signed to pitch for the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball but a few days before the season started he left the team and signed with the Lamigo Monkeys of the Chinese Professional Baseball League instead.
Boston Red Sox
On February 22, 2016, he signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox, and played for their affiliate teams Pawtucket Red Sox, Portland Sea Dogs and Lowell Spinners. Free agent after season. He led the Eastern League in strikeouts with 145.
On March 28, 2017, Atkins signed a 1-year contract with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
New York Mets
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- Ashmore, Mike (April 20, 2015). "Atkins leaves Patriots to pitch in Taiwan". mycentraljersey.com. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
- 2016 MiLB Statistics. MiLB.com. Retrieved on July 6, 2016.