Casey Mize has made quite the first impression on the Eastern League. On the evening of April 29th, the Springville, Alabama native stepped onto the mound and threw a no-hitter in his debut for the Double-A Erie Seawolves. The 21-year-old, Detroit Tiger prospect and former Wareham Gatemen stand out, struck out seven while walking one and hitting a batter. The Seawolves beat the Altoona Curve, a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate, 1-0.
“In the days of analytics, to walk in on the first day of Double-A and dominate, that says a lot about what he can do,” said Wareham Gatemen Pitching Coach, Jim Lawler. “He’s got size, strength, arm speed and the passion to get better and better.”
As the first selection in the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft, the Tiger organization has understandably high hopes for Mize. The right-hander was called up to Double-A Erie from the Single-A Lakeland Flying Tigers late last week. He wasted no time in continuing his stellar year. At Lakeland this season he was 2-0 with a 0.35 ERA over 26 innings pitched.
“He’s got four pitches, a splitter that is unhittable when it’s in the zone and he throws strikes,” Lawler said when asked how Mize is making an impact so quickly.
Mize came to the Cape League after a season with Auburn University. As a member of the Wareham Gatemen during the summer of 2016, he went 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA, eleven strikeouts, five walks and nine hits allowed over twelve innings pitched. “In Wareham we knew the type of kid he was. He came here worked hard and showed us he was a good kid off the field also,” said Andrew Lang, Wareham’s General Manager. “We’re happy for any former player that goes on to succeed in whatever they decide to do.”
Mize is expected to make his second Double-A start this Saturday.