The ace of an Auburn team that has just advanced to its first Super-Regional tournament for the first time since 1999, Casey Mize is not only in the midst of chasing a College World Series title but is also primed to be a top pick in tonight’s 2018 MLB Draft. The Auburn team completed a sweep of the Raleigh Regional with a win on Sunday against N.C. State, defeating the Wolfpack 15-7. Mize was named to the All-Tournament team, and the Tigers will move on to play the winner of the Gainesville Regional scheduled for Monday, June 4th between the Florida Gators, and Florida Atlantic University.
Mize has been a force on the mound all season for the Tigers. Emerging as a potential big-time prospect in his sophomore year, Mize has only continued to improve throughout his Junior season. The number 1 overall prospect heading into the draft, Mize currently carries a 10-5 record with a 2.95 ERA and 151 strikeouts.
High School: Springville High School
Mize was ranked as the number 300 prospect in the country coming out of high school, and the number 4 prospect in his home state of Alabama.
The future Tiger ended up going undrafted out of high school. Although he had the attention of numerous scouts by the end of his Junior year, an ankle injury his senior year led to a big drop in his stock. Before all was said and done, Mize finished his high school career with a 19-2 record. He was 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA before he got injured his Senior Year.
College Career: Auburn
Casey Mize was not the finished product that he is today out of the gate. His freshman year, the 6-3 right-hander went 2-5 posting a 3.52 ERA. While these numbers aren’t great, he led the team with 59 strikeouts in 69.0 innings pitched. His sophomore year is where he really began to separate himself from the pack, posting an 8-2 record on the bump, with a 2.04 ERA and 109 strikeouts becoming the 25th All-American in program history. Mize has continued to improve during his junior year, becoming a consensus top prospect in this year’s MLB Draft. As the Tigers prepare for their first Super-Regional in almost twenty years, Mize carries a 10-5 record with a 2.95 ERA with 151 strikeouts.
In his 255 1/3 innings pitched for Auburn, Mize has struck out 308 batters and walked only 37. He has a fastball that sits in the 92-96 mph range and is confident with his three other pitches including a cutter, a slider, and a nasty split-finger changeup. While Tiger’s GM Al Avila has declined to say who they intend to take with the first overall pick in tonight’s draft, he has been noted as saying that Mize’s secondary pitches are more developed than those of Justin Verlander when he was coming out of college. Due to his reliance on his split-finger, many scouts are comparing him to the Yankee’s Masahiro Tanaka.
With the draft looming, and Auburn chasing its first College World Series title in program history, Casey Mize is a name you will surely be hearing about in these next couple weeks.