Married to Karrie...The couple has a daughter, Avalynne, and a son, Preston. Is a graduate Novi (MI) High School. Attended the University of Toledo and finished his 3-year career as a catcher with school career records for AVG (.414), hits (238), doubles (42), RBI (147), and total bases (370)...Hit .448 in his junior season, the nation's 2nd-highest average. Earned First-Team All-America honors from Baseball America in 2003.
In his first and only season with the Red Sox organization, Mitch spent the entire campaign at Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting .310 (35-for-113) with 32 runs scored, seven doubles, three home runs and 22 RBI in 31 games during an injury-shortened campaign ... Landed on Pawtucket's seven-day D.L., four times; April 4-14 (left wrist sprain), April 23-May 29 (left wrist sprain), June 30-August 1 (left oblique strain) and August 3-September 19 (back inflammation) ... Hit safely in 23 of his 31 games, including a .316 clip (24-for-76) against left-handed pitchers ... Posted a .431 on-base percentage, thanks in large part to drawing 24 walks while fanning just 26 times ... Batted .339 (21-for-62) with three home runs and 16 RBI at home compared to a .275 mark (14-for-51) with six RBI on the road ... Was 12-for-33 (.364) with five doubles and 20 RBI with runners in scoring position ... Homered in back-to-back games, May 31 and June 2 vs. Syracuse … went 5-for-14 with two home runs and six RBI during the series ... Enjoyed a season-best seven-game hitting streak, June 14-22, hitting .385 (10-for-26) with five RBI.
Split the season between the Royals and Triple-A Omaha.
Made Kansas City's Opening Day roster...Tied his career high with 3 hits, 4/24 at CLE.
Hit both his home runs against LHP's...Of his 10 career home runs, 6 have come against lefties.
Pitched a scoreless 9th inning and allowed 1 hit, 4/15 vs. CLE...Marked the 11th time in club history a Royals
position player pitched and only the 3rd time a Royal did so multiple times joining Jerry Terrell (1979-80) and
Joe Simpson (1983 twice).
Started a total of 15 games, 13 in center field, and 2 in right field.
Designated for assignment on 7/4 and was outrighted to Omaha on 7/14.
Batted .356 (32-for-90) with 16 RBI in 26 games in August for Omaha.
Mitch spent the entire season as the Royals fourth outfielder, appearing in just 45 games, his fewest since the 2008 season. ... Pitched the eighth inning on July 26 at Boston, the eighth different position player (10th instance) in franchise
history to take the mound and first since Tony Pena, Jr., in 2008 ... Maier retired Dustin Pedroia on a fly ball to the Green Monster, then worked around a David Ortiz double for a scoreless frame.
Mitch spent the entire season at the Major League level for the first time, setting career highs in at bats, hits, triples,
home runs and RBI...tied for seventh in the league in triples...Posted a 190-game errorless streak which ended on June 16 vs. Houston...the streak is second all-time in Royals
history to former Royal David DeJesus' record streak of 240...He and his wife, Karrie, welcomed their first child, Avalynne Scott, on July 19.
Saw his most extensive action at the Major League level, spending a majority of the season with the Royals
after opening the season with Omaha (AAA)...Tied for fourth in the American League and led all Major League rookies with 11 outfi eld assists...Played 6 games for Omaha before being recalled by the Royals for the fi rst time on April 17...was optioned for
a week from July 16-24 before returning to KC and starting the remainder of the season in either center fi eld
or right field...Left-handed hitter fared better against left-handed pitchers, batting .299 (26-for-87) with a .425 slugging pct.
against southpaws and just .224 (57-for-254) with a .299 slugging against right-handers...Was the offensive and defensive hero on August 2 in St. Petersburg, driving in the go ahead run with a single in
the eighth and adding 2 insurance runs with a 2-out, 2-run single in the ninth...he also nabbed B.J. Upton at the
plate in the sixth of a then-scoreless game...Hit the first home run of his career on August 25 vs. Cleveland off Rafael Perez...the homer snapped a 303 at bat
drought to begin his Major League career...hit 3 home runs over a 5 game span from August 25-29.
Spent the first three and a half months of the season at Triple-A Omaha before being recalled by the Royals on
July 24, remaining with the team the rest of the season...Made his 2008 debut on July 24 vs. Tampa Bay...picked up his first Major League RBI with a single on July 30
at Oakland...had his fi rst career 3-hit game on August 3 vs. Chicago...Was reinstated from the 15-day D.L. on September 12...he missed 19 games with a right cheekbone fracture after
being hit by a Zach Jackson pitch in Cleveland on August 20...Tripled and singled, driving in a career-high 3 runs on September 24 at Detroit.
Made his big league debut for Kansas City, hitting .154 (2-13) in 5 games...Began the season at Wichita (AA)...hit .306 for the Wranglers...Was named to the Texas League All-Star team...led the league in games played
while also finishing 2nd in at bats and hits, 4th in runs, tied for 4th in triples,
5th in total bases (257), 6th in RBI and tied for 8th in doubles...Had his contract purchased by the Royals on Sept. 20...made his Major League
debut as a defensive replacement in left field on Sept. 23 vs. Detroit...went
0-for-2 with a strikeout...Recorded his 1st Major League hit off the Twins' Brad Radke on Sept. 28...
ended up 2-for-4 in the game, scoring his 1st Major League run...started in
right field...Hit .350 (35-100) with 19 runs scored for the Grand Canyon Rafters in the
Arizona Fall League and was named to its All-Prospects Team...Rated as the 7th-best prospect in the Royals system by Baseball America
entering the 2007 season...also named the Best Defensive Outfielder.
Hit 47 doubles between High-A High Desert and Double-A Wichita, the second-most among all minor leaguers on the year ... Was a California mid and post-season All-Star with High Desert ... Began the season with High Desert and hit safely in 15 of his first 18 games (.366/26-for-71) ... Was transferred to Wichita in early June and finished the season there … hit .255 (82-for-322) with 21 doubles, five triples, seven home runs and 49 RBI in 80 games ... Between both levels, batted .315 (39-for-124) with runners in scoring position.
Combined to hit .287 (141-for-491) with 45 extra-base hits and 53 RBI in 133 games between Single-A Burlington and High-A Wilmington ... Began season with Burlington where he was named a Midwest League
All-Star and MVP of the All-Star game ... Between both levels, played 119 games at third base, 14 as designated hitter, and one in right field.
Began his pro career with the Rookie-level Surprise Royals where he was an Arizona League All-Star, batting .350 (71-for-203) with 14 doubles, six triples, two home runs and 45 RBI in 51 games.