The Tigers’ top prospect, right-hander Casey Mize, has been shut down for the remainder of the season.
General manager Al Avila made it clear that even though Mize had battled some shoulder fatigue in July, the decision to shut him down was not related to any injury.
“There’s no issue at all,” Avila said. “We are just being extra careful. It was just our thinking that, he’s pitched dominantly most of the season and we feel at this point there’s no need to take any chances. We’re being very conservative with our top prospect.”
Mize, 22, pitched 13 2/3 innings last season after the Tigers took him with the first overall pick in the draft. This season, between High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie, he made 21 starts and threw 109 1/3 innings. He posted an 8-3 record with a 2.55 ERA and a 0.942 WHIP. He struck out 106 and walked 23.