Detroit Tigers: Five players are in Baseball America’s Top 100 prospect list

Detroit Tigers infielder Spencer Torkelson gets ready to bat.
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#28 Casey Mize

While fans may see Casey Mize go down on the list,(was ranked 11th) remember, it is just a list and does not take away from his ability. Granted, his debut in 2020 did not go as perhaps fans planned but he showed flashes of dominance with his split-finger fastball and the strong start on the road against the Chicago White Sox, a very friendly hitter’s ballpark.

Here’s a bit about what Baseball America said in their scouting report ($)

“Mize’s debut wasn’t pretty, but his track record and arsenal indicate he is still a potential frontline starter.

Detroit Tigers General Manager Al Avila has said it could be possible for Mize and Skubal both to start the season in Triple-A or one of them start the season in the rotation. With new pitching coach Chris Fetter, Mize could have his sequencing figured out and be a much more effective starter in the rotation.

So take the preseason ranking of Mize falling to number 28 with a grain of salt.  Detroit no doubt needs better starting pitching in 2021 and the hope is that Mize continues to grow as a starter.