Casey Mize
21-Year-Old PitcherRP
Detroit Tigers A+
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was not much drama at 1-1 in 2018, as Mize had been rumored there for months and was indeed selected by Detroit, garnering a class-high $7.5 million bonus. A 6-foot-3 righty with a workhorse 220-pound frame, Mize has a deep, complex arsenal. He sits at 94-95 mph with his fastball, touching 96 in pro ball and 97 in college. His 88-mph splitter essentially works as his changeup, and is seen as his best pitch, grading anywhere from plus to double-plus, depending on when it was seen. He also throws a mid-80s cutter and a low-80s slider -- both of which will flash plus. Mize is known as a strike thrower with the potential for plus command, giving him true frontline upside. He battled arm issues in 2017 but stayed healthy in 2018 and was shut down at High-A in mid-August after reaching his innings limit. The Tigers will assign him to either High-A or Double-A. If he stays healthy he should be the first starting pitcher from his class to reach the majors. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Tigers in June of 2018 that includes a $7.5 million signing bonus.
Starts season strong
PDetroit Tigers  A+
April 5, 2019
Mize tossed five scoreless innings and allowed a single hit in his season debut Thursday with High-A Lakeland. He struck out eight.
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The No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Mize looked brilliant in his first start of 2019. The 21-year-old was limited to just 68 pitches, 47 of which he threw for strikes, but he should ramp that number up in future outings. Mize made four starts at High-A last season and will likely get a little more time there in 2019, though as a fairly advanced prospect who spent three years in college, he could climb the ladder in short order.
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Adds mid-80s slurve
PDetroit Tigers  A+
March 25, 2019
Mize added a mid-80s slurve to his arsenal this spring -- a pitch that he says is his fourth-best offering but is "going to move up pretty quickly," Jim Callis of MLB.com reports. "I really like the shape of the pitch and how it was spinning," Mize said. "The slurve is something I've been working on all offseason, so I want to put that in a game and see that be successful. That's going to be big."
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Sent to minors camp
PDetroit Tigers  A+
March 5, 2019
The Tigers assigned Mize to their minor-league camp Tuesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
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Makes spring debut Wednesday
PDetroit Tigers  A+
February 27, 2019
Mize made his spring training debut and allowed a hit to the only batter he faced in Wednesday's Grapefruit League win over the Yankees.
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Earns spring training invite
PDetroit Tigers  A+
January 21, 2019
Mize was invited to the Tigers' major-league camp Monday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Will be shut down for season
PDetroit Tigers  A+
August 18, 2018
Mize will be shut down for the rest of the minor-league season because he's reached his innings limit, but he's expected to return for the fall instructional League, Lynn Henning of the Detroit News reports.
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