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Atkins Hoping for Double-A Challenge

Mitch Atkins

Right-hander Mitch Atkins has flashed signs of dominance at the Class High A and Low A levels the past two seasons, racking up 22 victories along the way. He now feels ready to take his game to the Double-A level, where a solid performance could put him within earshot of the major leagues.

What do pitchers Sean Gallagher, Billy Petrick and Carlos Marmol have in common? The answer: they have recently all gone from pitching on a Double-A mound one day to pitching on a big league mound the next. It's true that Marmol is the only one from the group that has to date had an extended stay with the Chicago club, but Atkins, 22, views those call-ups as motivation and wouldn't mind being...

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