Casey Mize, the top pick in the 2018 MLB amateur draft and No. 1 Detroit Tigers prospect, had a rough go at it in a minor league matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates' affiliate on the backfields of TigerTown on Sunday. Playing on Mickey Cochrane Field and teamed up with the Low-A West Michigan Whitecaps — due to Matthew Boyd pitching in the High-A game on the adjacent Charlie Gehringer diamond — a combination of shoddy defense and some very hard contact resulted in an early exit for the crown jewel of the Tigers' developmental talent. The top of the first inning began with a blunder by center fielder Avery Tuck, who awkwardly attempted to field a soft looping fly ball in center. Mize avoided any trouble by retiring the next three batters in a row, all on swinging strikeouts, to close the frame.
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