Fans of the Reading Phillies and Leigh Valley IronPigs are familiar with outfielder Derrick Mitchell, who has signed back with the organization for another season.
Mitchell, 25, hit .218/.279/.353 with 7 homers in an injury-shortened 257-plate appearance stay with Lehigh Valley last season where he had hoped to build on a workman-like .265/.326/.443, 19 HR, 20 SB 2011 campaign with Reading. A fractured hand kept him on the sideline for most of the season.
The move is reflected on the Baseball America minor league transaction page.
Phillies in Australia: In other news, the Australian League season gets underway in a matter of days and several Phillies, past and present, are peppered through the rosters, including coverted pitcher Tim Kennelly and former fixtures Brad Harman, who actually set an ABL record for the most home runs in a season last year with 15, Brian Burgamy, who hit .409 last year and has become an Atlantic League fixture, former Phillie Rule 5 pick and successful Oakland reclamation project Travis Blackley, and outfielder Chris Snelling, who, lest we forget, was part of the 2008 Phillies for a short time.
All but Burgamy come from the land down under, where women go and men plunder.