For anyone paying attention in the months leading up to the MLB Draft, the name Casey Mize was on everyone’s mind. The right-handed pitcher was far and away the top choice on everyone’s list as far as who they thought would go number one in the draft, and not just because he fit the Tigers’ draft profile from previous years. Mize was considered one of the best amateur prospects on the market, and the Tigers surprised no one when they nabbed him with their first round pick.
Likewise, experts and fan experts were both excited to see outfielder Parker Meadows still available for the team when they made their 44th selection later on during day one. By all accounts it was a good day for the Tigers, and no one was shy about sharing their opinions online.
Mize’s reaction was priceless and touching.
The moment Casey Mize found out the Tigers selected him No. 1 overall in the MLB Draft. pic.twitter.com/4jSWCfcbCS— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) June 5, 2018
And Mize’s former high school was watching with bated breath to see when he’d be selected.
Here's the reaction from the baseball field at Springville High School when current Auburn Tiger and former Springville Tiger Casey Mize was selected #1 overall by the Detroit Tigers (who else?) @caseymize04 @AuburnBaseball @MLBDraft @freep @AuburnTigers @AuburnTigers pic.twitter.com/hJWzlMceSp— Scott Forester (@scott4ester) June 5, 2018
How did the rest of the internet respond though?
Experts weighed in on the signing.
Top prospects in the #Tigers system right now: RHP Casey Mize, RHP Franklin Perez, RHP Matt Manning, RHP Alex Faedo, RHP Beau Burrows.— Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) June 4, 2018
Imagine that rotation if each one reaches their ceiling.
1. Detroit Tigers: Casey Mize. They get it right. Top player in the draft class, one of the best combos of stuff+control we've seen in the draft this decade.— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) June 4, 2018
In talking with someone who’s watched Casey Mize (@caseymize04) this season, he described his split-change as the “Splitter from Satan”.— Dan Hasty (@ThatDanHasty) June 4, 2018
Looking forward to seeing it get even nastier as a pro with the @tigers, if that’s even possible. pic.twitter.com/BuBtCmhj4s
#Tigers took JV with second pick in 2004. In 2006, they were in the World Series. Casey Mize is, by many accounts, damn-near MLB-ready right now. Do the math, folks.— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) June 4, 2018
Keith Law, who had slated Mize to go first in all his mock drafts, said the Tigers made the best pick of the day and added, “Sometimes you deserve credit for not screwing up a good thing.”
With the first overall pick in the MLB draft, the Detroit Tigers selected RHP Casey Mize. Get to know more about him here:— Katie Strang (@KatieJStrang) June 4, 2018
The essentials: https://t.co/1sfQFniDAv
The profile: https://t.co/9KxQEvbPH1
The analysis: https://t.co/Phg4aMGLK2
It was pointed out that Mize has a bit of a Tigers history...
In high school, Casey Mize was a Springville Tiger. In college, he was an Auburn Tiger. Now, he's a Detroit Tiger. https://t.co/XKbUhoXQVX— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) June 5, 2018
Best part of Auburn's Casey Mize going to Detroit is that he can reuse all of his blue and orange shirts that say "Tigers"— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) June 4, 2018
Fans had their own responses
Thankfully no burning was necessary. Someone else pointed out that Mize has been an observer of Tigers pitching for quite some time.
Old tweet from Tigers #1 overall pick Casey Mize. Love it. pic.twitter.com/nGt6ujcYFZ— DLB (@DetLionBlood) June 5, 2018
I am so here for Casey Mize. Also he's still a blue and orange tiger. That's pretty sweet if you ask me— Jesse Yaker (@jyakestar24) June 5, 2018
Miguel Cabrera was apparently so excited about the signing he suggested they could bring Mize up this season.
Miggy pumped about #Tigers drafting Casey Mize 1st overall tonight. Asked if he knows Mize's name, Miggy said, "I know it's a No. 1 pick. It's a pitcher, he throws a split, throws 94, 95. Got a good scouting report!" Said he'd like to see Mize in majors this season: "Why not?!"— Will Burchfield (@burchie_kid) June 5, 2018
#Tigers Miggy joked, why not bring Casey Mize up this year?— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) June 5, 2018
Asked Mize about that: Very measured, mature answer.
"I would say I would like to get there as efficiently as possible, not as quickly as possible."
The Tigers were also applauded for their selection of outfielder Parker Meadows by experts and fans alike.
44. Tigers: Parker Meadows, of, Grayson HS (Ga.) - Brother of Austin, impact athlete with speed and tools to stick in CF, projectable body/power, hit tool came on in a big way this spring, legitimate upside pick.— Brian Sakowski (@B_Sakowski_PG) June 5, 2018
Solid pick of Parker Meadows in 2nd round. Brother top end prospect, Austin, who has gone through process of reaching MLB. Tall, lanky body frame like Christian Yelich, although big stretch to say as athletic. Sweet lefty swing. High ceiling hitter.— Pat Caputo (@patcaputo98) June 5, 2018
This guy nailed it ahead of the draft
I’ll be happy with Casey Mize at 1 and Parker Meadows at 44.— help us all (@JimAdduciFan) June 4, 2018
Let’s see what day two holds.