In 2015 Potomac State College pitcher Evan Mitchell was named as a 1st team NJCAA All-American. Later it became clear that his season was one of the finest in the storied program at Potomac State, as he was named the 2015 Spalding NJCAA Division I Pitcher of the Year.
This marks the first time that an athlete from Potomac State College has ever been named as a National Player of the Year.
Potomac State Head Coach Doug Little said this about Mitchell’s season: “It is a testament to hard work. Evan dedicated himself to have a great season; he worked to improve each and every day and I could not be prouder of him because he is such a quality person.”
Mitchell, a Lynchburg, VA native finished the 2015 season with a 12-1 record and an earned run average of 1.16. His 12 wins was tied for 1st in all of NJCAA Division 1, while his ERA was tied for second in the country.
Amazing as his season was Mitchell did most of his work striking out just 65 batters in 85 innings pitched.
“I knew coming into the season that I would need to throw an abundance of strikes,” said Mitchell. “I also knew that if I did that I could rely on my defense- whenever I was on the mound I knew my defense would come through and help me when I got into tough situations.”
Little sang the praises of the sophomore right-hander.
“Evan was good as a freshman, (he went 6-0), but he tried to strike every hitter out; this season he pounded the strike zone, worked efficiently, and really became a complete pitcher.”
Little continued, “His season was incredible. He pitched in big games, had an amazing calmness about him and really could respond in tough situations.”
Mitchell allowed 19 runs all season and just eleven of those were earned. He pitched in 12 games, starting eleven and threw six complete games including one in the post-season.
“Potomac State provided me the opportunity to develop as a player and as a student. Choosing to attend Potomac State was the best decision I ever made. The experience I received was paramount to me moving on to the next level.”
In his two post-season starts Mitchell threw 17 innings and allowed just two runs on seven hits, while striking out 20 hitters.
“Being named All-American is a huge honor, the biggest honor I have ever received,” said Mitchell. “I could not however have achieved such an honor without the help, dedication and encouragement of my coaches.”
Mitchell becomes the sixteenth All-American in baseball for Potomac State College since 2000.
A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Mitchell is returning home to complete his collegiate baseball career at the NCAA DI level. The right-hander signed with Liberty in November during the early signing period.