The top prospect in the Detroit Tigers farm system was taken out of his start on Thursday night for the Erie Seawolves partway through the third inning.
Casey Mize, the number one pitching prospect in all of baseball, caused quite the stir amongst Detroit Tigers fans on Thursday night. The right-hander left his start for Double-A Erie against the Reading Fightin Phils with an apparent injury in the third inning.
As the Tigers were battling the Kansas City Royals in Omaha to kick off the College World Series festivities, the former Auburn star, and number one overall pick captured much of the drama on Thursday night. As Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports on Twitter, Mize left the game with shoulder soreness.
Mize began the year in Lakeland but was quickly moved up to Double-A Erie, where he has been dazzling over the past month or so. With a no-hitter in his Erie debut on April 29th, Mize quickly captured the attention of minor league baseball world.
Mize has a 6-0 record with the SeaWolves and an outstanding 1.27 ERA. He is currently ranked as the third overall prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline and is the highest ranked pitcher.
Some Detroit Tigers fans may have been hopeful that Casey Mize could be making some starts in the big leagues later on this year. Depending on how serious this injury is, that may no longer be the case. On the bright side, a shoulder injury means that Tommy John Surgery is out of the question.
Of course, we’re wishing for the best with Casey and hopefully, this doesn’t turn out to be anything too serious. Make sure to follow Motor City Bengals on Twitter and Facebook and keep posted to our site for the latest updates.