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Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:46 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 4:59 pm
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By Matt Snyder

The Chicago White Sox have signed Mitch Mustain to a minor-league contract as a pitcher, according to the Associated Press. In other words, the dude who started for USC against Notre Dame in football during the 2010 season is now in the White Sox organization.

In and of itself, a football player signing as a baseball player isn't altogether that shocking. Just to piggyback on the Notre Dame mention above combined with the Chicago angle, Cubs reliever Jeff Samardzija was a wideout for the Fighting Irish. And my colleague C. Trent Rosecrans posted about how many NFLers tried their hands at baseball this past weekend.

But Mustain's case is interesting, odd and kind of funny.

Like, for example, the fact that he hasn't pitched since he was a sophomore in high school. Yes, back in the spring of 2004 -- eight years ago!

Since then, Mustain has been a quarterback for Arkansas, a quarterback for USC, a quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) and then signed with the Georgia Force (Arena Football League).

So how did this come together? Apparently Mustain has a friend who played in the White Sox organization who arranged for a scout to watch Mustain pitch at the University of Arkansas.

Next, from LATimes.com:
“He hit me up on a Friday and said the scout could be here the next Friday,” Mustain said. “So I went out on Tuesday and played long toss to stretch out my arm.”

A few days later, he was on the mound in tennis shoes touching 90 mph on the radar gun.

“I was hitting my spots and my curve ball was on,” he said.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Mustain signed a contract this week and the White Sox sent him a throwing program the next day.

“I’m hoping to eventually get to 94 or 95 [miles per hour],” he said. “I’m excited to see where it goes.”
Now, the White Sox are an easy target here. After all, their farm system is ranked near the bottom by everyone who does that sort of thing -- several, like ESPN.com's Keith Law, rank it dead last. But this couldn't possibly have less risk. They likely aren't counting on much from him and if anything develops, it's gravy.

Still, the biggest takeaway of this news is that the White Sox just signed a guy who hasn't thrown an organized pitch since he was facing high schoolers in 2004. Even White Sox fans would have to admit, that just sounds funny.

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Comments

Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:11 am
 

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

Did the Sox sign his mom as an assistant coach as well?



Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 4:32 pm
 

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

hey bluedawg, your caps lock is on. just so you know.



Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2012 8:18 am
 

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

GOOD FOR HIM. i HOPE HE HAS A GOOD CAREER



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 7:59 pm
 

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

The White Sox are hoping to catch lightning in a bottle.  Basically the Sergio Santos story.  Mustain is an athlete who can throw 90 MPH.  They send him to rookie camp hopefully to gain some MPH on the fastball. He already has a curveball.  They aren't hoping he becomes a starter, but I presume so kind of reliever.  You get him to the big leagues and hopefully he has a little success and trade him for some possible talent like we got for Santos.   Yes, I understand Santos was in baseball, but he was not a pitcher, just a player who could throw very fast. Very little risk with a possible upside.  




Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 3:14 pm
 

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

I am all for giving someone a chance. Why is this player not on some INDEPENDENT TEAM somewhere ? Why do the Whitesox bail this guy out financially ? I hope he pans out like everyone else who is trying to make it. Odds are slim.



Since: Jan 20, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 2:39 pm
 

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

Good for Mitch! He can really pitch a ball 90 miles an hour? He could not throw a football 10 mph! His claim to fame is that he was undefeated in the SEC.But as a USC football player.He lost to Notre Dame.But he is a class dude! and Fight on!Kiss



Since: Jun 29, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:15 pm
 

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

Remember the Whitesox gave Micheal Jordan a chance to play too.


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Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 10:46 am
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Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 10:32 am
 

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

Kenny Williams played football in college and went on to play for the White Sox. He also has seen former Oklahoma State quarterback Josh Fields make the transition to MLB. Joe Borchard also played QB, for Stanford, and then played with the White Sox. So, there is some precedent here within the organization. Low risk signing for an organization that clearly needs to add depth to its minor league rosters, even if he never makes it to the big leagues.



Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 10:25 am
 

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

What's great about this story is that Mustain can now use his gifts going forward and leave all the football baggage (recruiting, coaches, fanfare, self-inflicted wounds) behind.  Time to start anew.
   


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