Casey Mize – Auburn
I’ll admit upfront that I’m a little biased with Mize. He played high school ball right down the road from where I grew, and he plays at the college I attended.
The 6-foot-3, 220 pound junior and right-handed pitcher started the season as a top 10 pick. He’s gone out and turned himself into a consensus one-one pick by most outlets.
He’s a guy that came into college as a bit of a work in progress, and now he’s turned himself to one of the best arms in the country.
As a freshman in 2016 he posted a 3.52 ERA in 69 innings pitched with 59 strikeouts for Auburn. He pitched in the Cape Cod League that following summer and had a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings pitched with 11 strikeouts.
He burst onto the scene as a sophomore in 2017 with a 2.04 ERA in 83.2 innings pitched with 109 strikeouts. This year he already has 104 strikeouts in 75 innings pitched with a 2.40 ERA.
Maybe what I love the most about Mize is that he doesn’t walk anybody. Last year he walked just nine batters all year, and this year he’s issued just seven walks.
He has three plus pitches with a nasty splitter to go along with a mid-90s fastball. This kid has all of the tools to be a big league starter for a long time.