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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
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
“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'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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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:27 am

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

There are some positives here.  Mustain can take all the money he wants and it's legal now.  Also, he can't be worse than what the Sox have in their system now.  Maybe the Sox are getting an arm with eight years less wear and tear than the normal pitcher his age.  He's also had to do a lot more growing up than the average prospect has.  I think it was a good move and not really much of a risk.

Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:40 am

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

Congrats to M.M. and Good luck!

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:19 am

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

I hope he succeeds.  At least he won't throw any interceptions in baseball.  That was one of his problems in football.

Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:59 pm

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

I remember Houston Nutt screwed this guy over so bad in '06 I believe.  All because Malzahn wanted to run that Wild Hawg vs LSU at the Rock.  Didn't work out so well after Trindon Holliday hit the Nitrus Bottle late in the 4th, nastiest kick return considering the stakes. 

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:06 pm

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox


Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:44 pm

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

And what does this have to do with playing baseball?

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:43 pm

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

Remember that great basketball player the white sox gave a contract?  It didn't work for him but it may work for Mustain. Good luck to you Mitch.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:05 pm

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

Mustain was a classy guy that got caught between the rock and the hard thing at the quarterback position. There were at least 2 quarterbacks on the team that was apparently better than he was.

The players and coaching staff had nothing but praise for him while at SC. He was normally the opposing quarterback for practice.

I wish him well in this new career attempt and hope this is something that would make him and his family happy by placing him in a position to be productive and feel good about himself.




Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:43 pm

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

Mustain is a classic example of a bratty heavily recruited football player who wasted his college experience by being a me-first guy. Had he stayed at Arkansas he probably would've ended up starting and been an NFL pick. Since he whined in high school and at Arkansas he pissed away his college by transferring. He just so happened to go to USC which was loaded at QB to start with and he obviously was not good enough there to win the job. Sad, but true.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:29 pm

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

Damm was typing on my Android (typo city) should read

Hell I've wondered when some MLB team will try and convince a few cricket players to try their hand at pitching in baseball? I mean there are 1.1 bilion Indians, 175 million Pakistanis, 125 million in Bangladesh, and let's not forget the English Caribbean, South Africa, UK, and Australia. I'm not saying throw away good money but at least send some scouts sniffing. I mean that 1.5 billion people whose number 1 or 2 sports involves throwing a ball really fast with movement and location? Baseball pays more than all those sports! 

After Olijawan and Nash showed that soccer foot work often leads to good basketball players, a lot of talent has come from South America (Ginobli, Nene, Varajou, etc.) so why not at least look?  

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