Mitch Reeves grew up in Winter Springs, Florida and attended Oviedo High School. In high school, Reeves was a three-time All-Conference player and was named first-team All-State as a senior.
Prior to his time spent at Florida Southern, Reeves spent his freshman season at High Point University before transferring to Seminole State University in 2015. During the 2015 season, Reeves batted .333 with three home runs.
During his two seasons at Florida Southern, Reeves finished his collegiate career batting .363, 17 doubles, two triples, 28 home runs, 101 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.
Due to his success in college, Reeves was drafted in the 32nd round in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians.
Reeves is now a member of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a member of the Class A Short Season and a part of the New York-Penn League.
I asked Reeves what the hardest transition was going from collegiate baseball to the minor league level and he said, “playing everyday is the biggest change, you go from playing three times a week to everyday for sometimes weeks on end. So keeping your body healthy is a big change.”
During the 2018 season, Reeves has played in 36 games and is batting .278, six doubles, three home runs, 22 RBIs and two stolen bases.
I asked Reeves what his biggest goals are as he moves forward within his baseball career and he said, “I want to be known as someone who plays the game hard and the right way always. I also plan to try and do everything possible to play in the big leagues, if that’s not the ultimate goal at the end of the day then I don’t know what the point of this is about.”
Reeves had an outstanding career in college and it carried over as his career continues in baseball. His defensive ability has been impressive as an outfield and continues to dominate when given the opportunity. Not only is his defense impressive but he is also an excellent member of the teams offense as he brings power and aggressiveness when at the plate.
I asked him about his experience with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers this season and he said, “we have a pretty talented well coached team who plays well together, and our record reflects it.”
I was curious as to what made Reeves pursue a career in baseball and when I asked him what his motivation was, he said, “I have always loved the game, the competition is what I like the most about it, with every game, and every pitch there is a new battle to be won against the opponent and ultimately yourself.”
I finished off the interview by asking Reeves what player he looked up to growing up and he said, “I always liked watching the guys who played hard and with a lot of heart, those are the guys I try and emulate my game after. No one person really in particular.”
I enjoyed my time talking to Reeves about his baseball career. I have interviewed a couple other teammates of Reeves before and this is a talented team with some impressive talent from the young prospects. Reeves has proven to be an outstanding defender and offensive threat on the field and will continue to succeed. Watch out for this young man as he continues his journey into the MLB.