04/27/2014 - College PREP - Plymouth Meeting (Philadelphia), PA
Mitch continues to show outstanding abilities as C/3B that will play well at the next level. Behind the plate, he shows an outstanding arm with plus carry and he gets rid of the baseball quickly. Setup is athletic and utilizes his quick / athletic feet well through the blocking process as he is a wall. Hands are soft / sure and work well around the ball. At 3B, he moves well laterally, displaying range and attacks balls, playing through well with his body. Hands are soft /sure as he shows big play potential, demonstrating smooth / athletic actions. At the plate, he shows an athletic setup with quick hands that work through a level swing path. Barrel accuracy is a plus with baseball exploding off bat when centered. He consistently showed the ability to make adjustments at the plate.
10/16/2013 - Arizona Junior Fall Classic
Mitch only showed behind the plate at the event where he continues to display well above average tools. Arm strength is a plus with throws displaying life, accuracy, and on line carry through his target as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. Pop times where in the low 2.00 range. Receiving / blocking skills show as quality tools that will play well at the next level as he can handle a pitching staff. At the plate, Calandra shows a crouched / squared setup with rhythm. Hands are quick and work through a level swing path. He has strength in his swing with the baseball jumping off the bat when centered. Power numbers will continue to improve as he learns to sue his lower half more. At the event, he was 2 for 8 with a 2B and RBI. Mental makeup is a plus as he has a great attitude, works hard, and shows solid leadership traits behind plate.
05/12/2013 - College PREP - Farmingville (Long Island), NY
Time and time again Calandra has shown increases to his game in his quest for consistency. In his latest outing, he showed his lowest pop time to date - 1.93 sec. His natural instincts, sound footwork, and quick release make his arm play at a very high level for a sophomore catcher. He receives with sure hands from a low/athletic setup. Eliminating excess body sway will allow for more strike calls. At shortstop, Mitch has active feet, sure hands and a clean/quick exchange. He is agile and gets himself into an athletic fielding position. Playing through the ball and following his throw will add life. At the dish, he has an athletic/square setup, generates fast bat speed and has a spray approach. Calandra has fluid rhythm and is able to make square contact. Overall, Mitch is a promising prospect that projects both as a C and a SS.
10/24/2012 - Arizona Freshman/Sophmore Fall Classic
In Mitch's latest Baseball Factory outing he continued to show improvements, especially in the category of power. His grades showed he is a solid hitter with above average power for his age. In the wood bat tournament, he was 4 for 11 with 3 RBI's, a double and a triple that found its way to the fence. We project Mitch still as a Catcher with an ability to block and deaden the ball, while moving quick to his knees. Working on his pre-pitch setup, getting closer to the hitter, will allow his receiving and his ability to get the strike call to increase. As he continues to grow and mature he will show greater improvements in his ability to throw, with already sound mechanics. At shortstop, he has quick feet, takes good angles and plays through the ball. Cleaning up his exchange both at short, and catching will help his transfer and allow for decreased pop times. He is intangibly a great player that hustles all the time and is a fantastic competitor.
08/06/2012 - Baseball Factory National World Series at Pirate City - Session 2
Calandra continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. His foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date, now a 7.5 runner. He utilizes his quick feet well in working in line to his target through a clean transfer / exchange. Pop times have improved as he threw his lowest time to date at 2.10. His throws are accurate with carry as he showed a range of 2.10-2.20. Receiving / blocking skills show as quality tools that will play well at the next level. At the plate, hitting grades have improved as well through an athletic setup. His hands are quick, flashing bat speed through a level swing path. He is aggressive with power numbers continuing to improve as he learns to use his lower half more. Mental makeup is a plus as he is very coachable and plays the game hard.
03/11/2012 - College PREP - Hightstown, NJ
Mitch showed well both behind behind the plate and at SS in Hightstown. He has active feet, he takes good angles to block, and he looks the ball into his glove. He catches in a square position, on the balls of his feet, and he keeps it in front when blocking. Mitch has a short / quick arm with some carry to 2nd base. Softer hands, more quiet actions, and adding arm strength will only help his good catching skills improve. At SS, Mitch has good pre-pitch actions, sure hands, and shows good angles to the ball. He makes plays, his exchange is quick and clean, and he throws with a loose arm action with accuracy across the diamond. At the plate, Mitch has a crouched / open stance, a short / square stride, and a level swing. He makes square contact, he can spray to all fields, and he gets his lower 1/2 through. A looser grip and more direct hands to the ball can help improve offensive grades. Only a freshman, he is an above average player for his age and will continue to develop with hard work.
11/19/2011 - Accelerated Hitting Weekend (Commuter)
Mitch has a very strong athletic stance, and a good stride and load, I would just like to see him gain more ground during the stride, and this will allow him to load his hips more creating more power. Also he tends to drift forward during the stride, and gaining ground during the stride with his front foot will fix this problem. Mitch does a pretty good job of loading his hips already, but he needs to fire the back hip during the swing more, giving him more power. He has the tendency to drag his back elbow during the swing which causes his bat plan to be slightly up hill to much, he is trying the get the barrel on the plain of the baseball, which is what's taught but he is too up hill. Mitch has a good front side before the swing and during the swing and does a good job finishing heel over toe, but I like to see him get some better rhythm during the swing.
07/09/2011 - Cape Cod Pro Select Training - July 9-13, 2011
Mitch showed solid improvements in his game during his time in Cape Cod. He lowered his 60 time from 8.44 to 7.67, and raised his radar velocity from 71 to 79 MPH while also posting his best pop times to date. Behind the plate, Mitch has strong hands and wrists and quick feet. He receives the ball well, he is quick to block, and his arm is strong and accurate to his target. On the mound, Mitch has a compact / repeatable delivery, good front side lead, and he works down in the zone. He holds runners on base well and he is able to field his position. Though he was one of the youngest players at the event, he competed well and showed no fear against players that were two and three years older than him. Offensively, Mitch has quick hands, a short swing, and good discipline at the plate. He can spray the ball gap to gap and he has pop in his bat for a young player. Only a rising freshman now, he has a very high ceiling and we know he will continue to work hard as high school gets underway.
08/05/2010 - Vero Beach Pro Select Training and Competition - 2010
Mitch is a young (2015) two-way player as catcher plus on the mound with a frame that shows projection as he continues to physically mature and fill out. Feet are active as he shows proper direction to his target through the throwing process. He will benefit by improving his foot quickness. Pop times show a range of 2.40-2.60 flashing carry and accuracy on his throws. He shows a solid setup and presents a solid target, displaying strong hands for a younger player. Quickening his exchange and developing more arm strength will help to lower pop times. Offensively, Calandra shows a balanced approach as he loads his hands up well. Swing path is short and direct to the ball through a level swing path. He has a good overall idea with good plate recognition as he shows a feel for the barrel. His power numbers will increase as he matures and gets stronger. Abilities are similar from both sides of the plate. On the mound, fastball shows a range of 66-71 mph on a downhill plane. Breaking ball displays 10/4 shape with tight spin and late breaking action. With 5 years to further develop, Mitch has a lot of potential with the makings to be a solid player at the next level as he continues to develop. He is a great kid and a baseball rat that can play anywhere on the field.