Mitch is in his first season as the Royals' first base coach, taking over the role full-time from Rusty Kuntz…served as the interim first base coach at the end of the 2017 season ... Served as the Royals' minor league outfield/base running coordinator in 2017, working with minor league players at several different levels throughout the organization ... Began the transition from a player to a coach during his final years as a player in the Royals' system.
Originally selected by the Royals in the first round (30th overall) of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft… became the first (and still only) player from the University of Toledo to be drafted in the first round ... Made his Major League debut with Kansas City on September 23, 2006, and played in parts of six seasons with the Royals…finished his career batting .248 with 36 doubles, 14 triples, 10 homers, 122 runs scored and 15 steals in 359 career games ... Played in a career-high 129 contests in 2009…his best season came the following year, when he batted .263 and set career bests in hits (98), triples (6), homers (5), RBI (39) and OPS (.709) ... Made two pitching appearances in his Major League career (2011, 2012), one of four Royals position players to appear in multiple games on the mound, joining Jerry Terrell (1979, 1980), Joe Simpson (1983) and current Royal Drew Butera (2016) ... Spent all but one professional season in the Royals organization (2003-12, 2014)…played in 31 games for the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) in 2013…signed with the Chicago Cubs following the 2013 season, but was released during spring training…finished his playing career with Northwest Arkansas (AA).
Mitch and his wife, Karrie, reside in South Lyon, Mich., during the offseason, with their children, Avalynne and Preston ... Graduated from Novi (Mich.) High School in 2000… lettered in both football and baseball ... Attended the University of Toledo (Ohio), where he was a three-time first-team All-MAC selection and a 2003 first-team All-America honoree… hit .448 during his junior year, which was the second-highest average among all NCAA Division I hitters…completed his career holding the school records for batting average (.414), hits (238), doubles (42), RBI (147) and total bases (370).