Mitch Osnowitz, an all-region first baseman for the Indian Hills Falcons in 2011, recently completed his first season of professional baseball, as a pitcher.
And, now, Osnowitz will soon be heading to the Fall Instructional League in Arizona where he will pitch for the Atlanta Braves’ entry in the league.
Osnowitz supplied plenty of power in his lone season for the Falcons in ’11, and got the attention of pro scouts when he threw in the mid-90s at some pre-daft workouts this summer, following his senior year at Lindsey Wilson College, an NAIA school in Kentucky.
Osnowitz’s path to his stint in the minor leagues took him from IMG Academy in Florida to his season at IHCC, to Indiana State for a year, and then to Lindsey Wilson, where he was a second-team NAIA All-American as a third baseman and an honor student.
After failing to get drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft in June, Osnowitz was impressive enough in a post-draft workout with the Atlanta Braves to be offered a contract.
He wound up pitching 15 2/3 innings in the Rookie Gulf Coast League, winning his only decision in 13 appearances and posting a 5.74 ERA. His earned run average was actually below 3.00 until his final outing of the season. The big righthander, who is 6’5″ and 245 pounds, struck out 18 and walked eight.
Osnowitz, a native of Bloomington, Ill., led Indian Hills in doubles (12), triples (3), homers (9), RBIs (40) and total bases (95) and was named to the all-region second team after his season in Centerville.
One of his teammates at IHCC, Jordan Piche, also made his pro debut this summer, as a pitcher with the Los Angeles Angels’ Arizona Rookie League team.
(release courtesy of Kevin Pink, IHCC Athletics)