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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 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: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:26 pm
 

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

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 mill 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 million people whose number 1 or 2 sports involve throwing a ball really fast with movement and location? Baseball pays more than all those sports! 

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



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:09 pm
 

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

Wasn't the White Sox closer last year a guy who had never pitched a baseball till 3 years ago? I don't see anything wrong with this, Mustain isn't some bum off the streets. Obviously the Sox see something in him to give it a try. If it doesn't work out, fine. It's not like he is gonna start Opening Day.



Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:23 pm
 

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

Sounds like a good athlete with a good arm.  It can't be costing them too much money either...



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 4:21 pm
 

Former college QB Mustain signs with White Sox

I'm good with it.  Low-risk, high reward--you take that every time, don't you?  And I'm imagine he's eaten enough humble pie over the last few years that any of his alleged prima-donna idiosyncracies of his Razorback days have been purged from his system.


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