Then & Now: Auburn’s Casey MizeProspects
Just five weeks into the 2020 MLB Season, we’ve already seen 13 debuts by 2018 draft selections, plus another who went undrafted, but was signed just a couple days later. Today, we begin a look back at the amateur reports of those 2018 prospects who have made it to The Show. Naturally, first up is the No. 1 overall selection and our top prospect from the 2018 Draft Rankings — Casey Mize.
Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn (No. 1 overall to the Detroit Tigers)
Mize separated himself from the rest of the pack with a stellar spring in 2018, making him a shoo-in as the top pick. After logging 114.2 innings for the Auburn Tigers, he tossed just 13.2 over five appearances that summer. In his first full pro season, Mize breezed through High-A and Double-A with a strikeout-to-walk ratio better than 4-1 and threw a no-hitter in his Double-A debut. With no minor league baseball and the shortened season in 2020, he was added to Detroit’s 60-man player pool and called up to the big leagues on Aug. 19 to face the Chicago White Sox. He went 4.1 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out seven and walking none.
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