Detroit Tigers assign top pick Casey Mize to minors
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was impressed with Casey Mize’s brief stint with the major leaguers.
“The kid was awesome. He had a ball here,” Gardenhire said. “Having him pitch yesterday and seeing him out there was impressive.”
Mize, the No. 1 selection in last year’s draft, was assigned to minor league camp by the Tigers on Tuesday. He gave Detroit fans a glimpse of his possible future on Monday, when he pitched two innings against St. Louis. Mize struck out the first two batters of a 1-2-3 seventh, then allowed a run in the eighth after walking two.
Mize went 10-6 with a 3.30 ERA in 17 starts at Auburn last year . He made four starts in the minors across the Rookie and Class A levels.
Last month, Mize pitched two innings for the Tigers in a game against Southeastern University, allowing three hits and a run and striking out two. He came in last week against the New York Yankees and allowed a hit before the game was called because of rain.