Tigers' Mize captures first weekly award

Top pick in 2018 Draft off to flying start in Florida State League

Casey Mize has allowed one run on six hits over his three starts with Lakeland this month. (Tom Hagerty/MiLB.com)

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com | April 22, 2019 3:00 PM

Just three starts into his first full season, Casey Mize has captured his first Minor League accolade.

The Tigers' top prospect was named the Florida State League's Pitcher of the Week on Monday after allowing one hit over seven innings for Class A Advanced Lakeland last Wednesday.

Mize, 21, struck out six and walked one in a no-decision against Palm Beach on April 17, lowering his ERA to 0.50 in 18 innings. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 Draft out of Auburn had allowed just one run on five hits over his first 11 frames of 2019.

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"Casey's a well, well-matured kid. He knows what he wants," Lakeland pitching coach Jorge Cordova told MiLB.com after the game. "He has the whole package to be a big league pitcher."

Mize's last outing marked a career high for him in pitches, with 82. He threw 53 for strikes and faced one batter over the minimum.

"If his pitch [limit] was a little bit higher, he would have went eight or nine innings today," Cordova said. "He was very effective. He was working ahead in the count. He was attacking the zone. He was using excellent sequences. The hitters couldn't figure him out. He was unpredictable."

Few so far in Florida have been able to figure out the 6-foot-3 righty, who held Tampa to one hit while striking out eight over five innings on April 4 before limiting Clearwater to a run on four hits over six frames on April 9. The Alabama native has walked just one better this season.

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Detroit threw its prized Draft pick into the Minors last summer, giving him a quick taste of professional baseball with the GCL Tigers before sending him to Lakeland for four starts. In 13 2/3 innings over five games, Mize struck out 14 and walked three while hitting two batters and allowed six runs on 13 hits. None of his 2018 outings lasted more than three innings.

Mize was a two-time All-American at Auburn. He went 10-6 with a 3.30 ERA in 17 starts last season before the Draft.

Below is the complete list of Minor League Pitchers of the Week for April 15-21:

League Player Team MLB Stats
International Mitch Keller Indianapolis PIT 1-0, 0.79 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 11 1/3 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 BB, 13 K
Pacific Coast Austin Gomber Memphis STL 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 SHO, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Eastern James Marvel Altoona PIT 1-0, 0.82 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 1 SHO, 11 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Southern Trey Supak Biloxi MIL 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
Texas Ofreidy Gomez Northwest Arkansas KC 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 7 K
California Cole Stapler Visalia ARI 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
Carolina Tyler Phillips Down East TEX 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Florida State Casey Mize Lakeland DET 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Midwest Shawn Dubin Quad Cities HOU 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
South Atlantic Ryan Rolison Asheville COL 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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