ALTOONA, PA (WSFA) - New team, same Casey Mize. The former Auburn Tiger threw a no-hitter against the Altoona Curve in his Double-A debut for the Erie Seawolves Monday night.
The 2018 No.1 pick in the MLB First Year Player Draft hit the first batter he faced in the game, but quickly settled in as he retired the next 19 batters. He would issue a two-out walk in the seventh inning to break the spell, but recover after recording the final out and recording scoreless frames in the eight and ninth innings.
Mize, the top prospect in the Detroit Tigers’ system, struck out seven in the game, and used just 98 pitches to complete the no-no.
“He came out on all cylinders, man,” Jake Rogers, the catcher, said. “Ever since the first inning he came out and he was getting guys out, making guys kind of look silly. Ever since then I knew if we just attacked them, something special was going to happen.”
“It was definitely one of those days where it felt like autopilot,” Mize said after the game.
Despite saying that, Mize still felt like he wasn’t at his best. He said his fastball command was “the worst it’s been all year.”
Mize’s no-hitter was the second of the season for the Seawolves. They threw a combined no-hitter just last Wednesday led by the Tigers’ No. 10 prospect Alex Faedo.
Erie won 1-0.