Mitsui's bat stays hot despite Osprey struggles
The Missoula Osprey have struggled through the first half of their season this summer, but one of the birds' bats has not slowed down at all this year.
That would be first baseman and designated hitter Trevor Mitsui who has played in 34 out of Missoula's 37 games this season entering Friday's action.
Thursday night in Billings, Mitsui had three hits and five RBI's to lead Missoula to victory. Last Thursday, he hit for the cycle for the first time in his life and in just his 27th game as a professional. He then proceeded to hit three more home runs over the course of his next four games.
The 30th round draft pick out of the University of Washington is hitting for an average of .312 while slugging .580 at the plate. He leads the osprey in doubles, triples, home runs and RBI's. In fact, his eight homers and 30 RBI's rank him third and fourth, respectively, in those categories for the entire Pioneer League.
The 21-year-old Seattle native says he gives a lot of credit to his coaches for both his offensive and defensive improvements.
"Coming in here, with working with Audo, I feel like I've improved a lot on fielding. I've learned a lot of stuff that I'd never learned about first base before in terms of footwork," said Mitsui. "And hitting, Vi-Hay (hitting coach Vince Harrison) has been awesome. I mean, that's what they're here for, the coaches, to teach and develop. It's just been fun picking their brains from all their experience in the past in baseball."