After ‘speed bump,’ major league debut an ‘amazing’ experience for Pirates OF Cal Mitchell

After recording his first major league hit — an RBI single to break a scoreless tie, no less — Cal Mitchell was too worried about what was going on in the game to absorb the gravity of his career milestone.

“Uh, no,” Mitchell said, sheepishly. “I had to run the bases.”

Only after play stopped did Mitchell take in the moment, realizing how far he’s come in a short span. As composed as he sounded in interviews, Mitchell hadn’t contemplated where he would store the ball commemorating his first major league hit.

“Dash of my car, I don’t know,” Mitchell said, with a laugh. “It’s going to be somewhere I can see it for a little while, that’s for sure.”

Pirates OF Cal Mitchell on getting his first major league hit and RBI in his debut Tuesday against the Rockies.

— Kevin Gorman (@KevinGormanPGH) May 25, 2022

When Mitchell’s name was missing from the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 40-man roster last fall, leaving the outfield prospect exposed to the Rule 5 Draft and wondering where he fit into their plans, he never worried about how it would affect his career trajectory.

Since he was drafted in the second round out of Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) High School in 2017, Mitchell set his sights on making it to the major leagues. His path to PNC Park was not a smooth ride, but Mitchell finally made his debut Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies.…

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