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Casey Mize is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was selected by the Tigers with the first overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft.

Casey Mize
Casey Mize

Mize was taken first overall by the Detroit Tigers in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. When the Tigers signed Mize on June 25, 2018, he was given a $7.5 million signing bonus.

He debuted in the Gulf Coast League as a rookie with the Gulf Coast Tigers. He was promoted to the Class A-Advanced Lakeland Flying Tigers of the Florida State League after just one start.

Mize was benched for the rest of the season after a 0–1 record and 3.95 ERA in five starts between the two teams. Non-roster player Mize was invited to spring training in 2019 by the Tigers. For the start of the new season, he was Lakeland’s Opening Day starter.

The Tigers promoted Mize to the Class AA Eastern League’s Erie SeaWolves after he had a 0.35 ERA in four outings for Lakeland.

In his debut start for the Erie Seawolves, he pitched a no-hitter, walking one batter and striking out seven others on 98 pitches while defeating the Altoona Curve 1-0. Mize was placed on the 7-day injured list on June 15 because of inflammation in his shoulder.

Why Was Casey Mize Pulled?

In 2021, the Detroit Tigers sent right-hander Casey Mize to the disabled list after he was sent back to Triple-A Toledo for rehab. He made the choice partly for logistical reasons and partly because his right elbow was still bothering him. Three flawless innings on 34 pitches in Cincinnati wasn’t easy for Mize.