Casey Mize drafted No. 1 overall by the Tigers

Casey Mize didn’t last long in the 2018 MLB Draft, as the Detroit Tigers selected the college right-handed pitcher with the No. 1 overall pick.

Mize has been the consensus top player in this year’s MLB Draft for the last two months. The signing bonus value for the first overall pick is $8,096,300.

Mize is 10-5 with a 2.95 ERA with 151 strikeouts and 12 walks in 109 2/3 innings as a junior with Auburn this season. Mize said he’s “really grown” in his three years at Auburn, after going undrafted out of high school.

A 6-foot-3, 208-pound righty, Mize has a four-pitch mix, featuring a fastball – four-seam and two-seam – split-changeup and a slider. He locates his mid-90s fastballs well and uses both in different situations, depending on if he’s ahead in the count and if the batter is right-handed or left-handed.

The split-changeup is Mize’s best offering and put away pitch. It has drastically improved over the last year-and-a-half, he said. Mize is comfortable throwing his slider in any situation, but prefers to use it to keep hitters off balance.

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Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III is the creator of the Baseball Prospect Journal and has covered the MLB draft since 2015. His draft work originally appeared on, a sports website he started in December 2011. He also covered the Milwaukee Brewers as a member of the credentialed media for four years. Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.

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