|Report Date:||March 26th, 2018|
Though Mize was already highly regarded coming into the season, his hot start continues to drive his draft stock upward. In Lexington on Friday, he was dominant again, this time against a potent Kentucky offense. Mize struck out 12 Wildcats over seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Throughout the last three games, Mize has struck out 38 hitters over 23.1 innings without walking an opponent, and he’s currently leading the nation with a 21.0 K:BB rate for the season.
Mize highlighted the full extent of his arsenal on Friday, pounding the zone with four different pitches. His plus fastball sat at 93-to-95 mph throughout the full duration of his start, and he showed a keen ability to locate it to each quadrant of the zone. He displayed feel for a cutter during the outing, an 88-to-90 mph pitch with sharp lateral movement.
With feel for four pitches and uncommon command for a collegiate arm, Mize profiles as an impact front end starter as a professional.