Gatemen Alumni Update
First overall selection in the 2018 MLB draft and Wareham Gatemen alum, Casey Mize took a big step in his baseball journey on Thursday. Drafted by the Detroit Tigers, Mize is working his way up to ladder, getting promoted to the Erie Sea Wolves (https://www.milb.com/erie), Double - A affiliate of the Tigers. Mize was the first Cape leaguer to be drafted first overall since Yarmouth-Dennis’ Mark Appel
drafted by the Houston Astros in the 2013 MLB draft. Mize pitched with the Gatemen during the 2016 season.
You could already see the makings of a star when Mize was with the Gatemen in 2016, as he posted a 3.00 ERA, with 11 strikeouts only allowing 9 hits in 12 innings of work. Mize spent the 2017 summer representing the United States while playing for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team. Mize did not allow a run in his 7 innings of work, allowing only 5 hits while striking out 8. Opponents hit .192 against him.
Mize may have been great in the Cape League and with Team USA, but he truly shined in his time with the Auburn Tigers. Over 3 years Mize had an average ERA of 2.96, an overall win-loss record of 20-13 and became the second two-time All-American and consensus All-American in program history.
Mize’s great college career at Auburn and impressive summers in the Cape League and with Team USA immediately translated to professional baseball. At Single-A Lakeland this spring, Mize was almost unhittable. In 26 innings of work he made batters look silly striking out 25, allowing 7 hits with a 0.35 ERA. Mize has all the makings of a big-league pitcher commanding 4 pitches including a fastball in the mid-90s.It is safe to say Mize is well on his way to becoming a mainstay in the Tigers organization and a valuable MLB pitcher.
Mize discusses what he is working on while playing for the Gatemen in 2016: