Detroit Tigers pitcher Casey Mize will undergo Tommy John and miss the rest of the 2022 season.

The first overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, Casey Mize, who has not pitched since April 14th, will have to undergo Tommy John surgery according to Detroit Tigers manager A.J.Hinch said during his talk to the media in the dugout on Friday.

Hinch explained as best as he could the nature of the injury. He does not have a torn UCL, the ligament itself is not working properly.

Detroit Tigers pitching depth being stretched

The Tigers have been able to navigate through the injuries as pitchers like Beau Brieske and Alex Faedo have stepped up in his absence. Mize joins an extensive list of Tigers players who have had TJ surgery. Here is a list via MLB Player Analysis:

Max Green 3/23/2022 DET AA P R
Zack Hess 1/26/2022 DET AA P R
Jake Rogers 9/8/2021 DET MLB C R
Spencer Turnbull 7/29/2021 DET MLB P R
Alex Faedo 12/1/2020 DET AA P R
Wilkel Hernandez 10/1/2020 DET A P R
Joey Wentz 3/17/2020 DET AA P L
Adam Wolf 10/1/2019 DET A P L
Brant Hurter 5/1/2019 DET Coll P L
A.J. Ladwig 4/12/2019 DET AA P R
Michael Fulmer 3/27/2019 DET MLB P R
Artie Lewicki 8/31/2018 DET MLB P R
Gerson Moreno 6/1/2018 DET AA P R
Bryan Garcia 2/15/2018 DET AAA P R

 

The current state of the 2018 MLB Draft class

Drafted Players Table
Year Rnd DT OvPck FrRnd RdPck Tm Signed Bonus Name Pos WAR G AB HR BA OPS G W L ERA WHIP SV Type Drafted Out of
2018 1 1 FrRnd 1 Tigers Y $7,500,000 Casey Mize (minors) RHP 2.7 2 2 0 .000 .333 39 7 13 4.29 1.21 0 4Yr Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
2018 1 2 FrRnd 2 Giants Y $7,025,000 Joey Bart (minors) C 0.3 71 199 4 .201 .605 4Yr Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
2018 1 3 FrRnd 3 Phillies Y Alec Bohm (minors) 3B -1.2 214 740 15 .269 .700 4Yr Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)
2018 1 4 FrRnd 4 White Sox Y $6,411,400 Nick Madrigal (minors) SS 1.7 113 406 2 .291 .697 4Yr Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)
2018 1 5 FrRnd 5 Reds Y $5,297,500 Jonathan India (minors) 3B 3.5 161 576 21 .271 .822 4Yr University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
2018 1 6 FrRnd 6 Mets Y $4,500,000 Jarred Kelenic (minors) OF -1.8 123 423 17 .173 .594 HS Waukesha West HS (Waukesha, WI)
2018 1 7 FrRnd 7 Padres Y $5,226,500 Ryan Weathers (minors) LHP -0.2 30 27 1 .148 .438 30 4 7 5.32 1.38 1 HS Loretto HS (Loretto, TN)
2018 1 8 FrRnd 8 Braves N Carter Stewart (minors) RHP HS Eau Gallie HS (Melbourne, FL)
2018 1 9 FrRnd 9 Athletics Y $4,660,000 Kyler Murray (minors) CF 4Yr University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
2018 1 10 FrRnd 10 Pirates Y $4,400,000 Travis Swaggerty (minors) OF -0.1 3 7 0 .143 .286 4Yr University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
2018 1 11 FrRnd 11 Orioles Y $4,300,000 Grayson Rodriguez (minors) RHP HS Central Heights HS (Nacogdoches, TX)
2018 1 12 FrRnd 12 Blue Jays Y $3,400,000 Jordan Groshans (minors) SS HS Magnolia HS (Magnolia, TX)
2018 1 13 FrRnd 13 Marlins Y $4,038,200 Connor Scott (minors) OF HS H. B. Plant HS (Tampa, FL)
2018 1 14 FrRnd 14 Mariners Y $3,883,800 Logan Gilbert (minors) RHP 3.0 0 0 0 36 12 7 3.83 1.14 0 4Yr Stetson University (DeLand, FL)
2018 1 15 FrRnd 15 Rangers Y $3,150,000 Cole Winn (minors) RHP HS Orange Lutheran HS (Orange, CA)
Year Rnd DT OvPck FrRnd RdPck Tm Signed Bonus Name Pos WAR G AB HR BA OPS G W L ERA WHIP SV Type Drafted Out of
2018 1 16 FrRnd 16 Rays Y $3,497,500 Matthew Liberatore (minors) LHP -0.1 0 0 3 1 1 5.54 1.85 0 HS Mountain Ridge HS (Glendale, AZ)
2018 1 17 FrRnd 17 Angels Y $4,100,000 Jordyn Adams (minors) OF HS Green Hope HS (Cary, NC)
2018 1 18 FrRnd 18 Royals Y $4,247,500 Brady Singer (minors) RHP 1.7 0 0 0 47 12 16 4.58 1.38 0 4Yr University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
2018 1 19 FrRnd 19 Cardinals Y $3,231,700 Nolan Gorman (minors) 3B 0.5 17 52 3 .289 .881 HS Sandra Day O’Connor HS (Phoenix, AZ)
2018 1 20 FrRnd 20 Twins Y $2,550,000 Trevor Larnach (minors) RF 2.3 119 385 12 .234 .716 4Yr Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)
2018 1 21 FrRnd 21 Brewers Y $3,411,100 Brice Turang (minors) SS HS Santiago HS (Corona, CA)
2018 1 22 FrRnd 22 Rockies Y $2,912,300 Ryan Rolison (minors) LHP 4Yr University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS)
2018 1 23 FrRnd 23 Yankees Y $2,815,900 Anthony Seigler (minors) C HS Cartersville HS (Cartersville, GA)
2018 1 24 FrRnd 24 Cubs Y $2,724,000 Nico Hoerner (minors) SS 3.6 153 475 6 .278 .703 4Yr Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
2018 1 25 FrRnd 25 Diamondbacks N Matt McLain (minors) 2B HS Arnold O. Beckman HS (Irvine, CA)
2018 1 26 FrRnd 26 Red Sox Y $2,552,800 Triston Casas (minors) 3B HS American Heritage HS (Plantation, FL)
2018 1 27 FrRnd 27 Nationals Y $3,000,000 Mason Denaburg (minors) RHP HS Merritt Island HS (Merritt Island, FL)
2018 1 28 FrRnd 28 Astros Y $2,250,000 Seth Beer (minors) OF -0.3 32 90 2 .233 .665 4Yr Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
2018 1 29 FrRnd 29 Indians Y $2,578,137 Bo Naylor (minors) C HS St. Joan of Arc Catholic SS (Mississauga, ON)
2018 1 30 FrRnd 30 Dodgers N J.T. Ginn (minors) RHP HS Brandon HS (Brandon, MS)
Year Rnd DT OvPck FrRnd RdPck Tm Signed Bonus Name Pos WAR G AB HR BA OPS G W L ERA WHIP SV Type Drafted Out of
2018 1 31 FrRnd 31 Rays Y $2,230,100 Shane McClanahan (minors) LHP 3.8 0 0 0 37 17 8 2.85 1.12 0 4Yr University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
2018 1 32 FrRnd 32 Rays Y $2,297,500 Nick Schnell (minors) CF HS Roncalli HS (Indianapolis, IN)
2018 1 33 FrRnd 33 Royals Y $2,147,500 Jackson Kowar (minors) RHP -1.8 0 0 0 10 0 6 12.03 2.23 0 4Yr University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
2018 1 34 FrRnd 34 Royals Y $1,697,500 Daniel Lynch (minors) LHP -0.2 1 0 0 25 6 11 5.55 1.59 0 4Yr University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
2018 1 35 FrRnd 35 Indians Y $2,246,022 Ethan Hankins (minors) RHP HS Forsyth Central HS (Gainesville, GA)
2018 1 36 FrRnd 36 Pirates N Gunnar Hoglund (minors) RHP HS Fivay HS (Hudson, FL)
2018 1 37 FrRnd 37 Orioles Y $1,800,000 Cadyn Grenier (minors) SS 4Yr Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)
2018 1 38 FrRnd 38 Padres Y $2,600,000 Xavier Edwards (minors) SS HS North Broward Prep HS (Coconut Creek, FL)
2018 1 39 FrRnd 39 Diamondbacks Y $1,650,000 Jake McCarthy (minors) OF 0.8 51 129 4 .217 .676 4Yr University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
2018 1 40 FrRnd 40 Royals Y $1,597,500 Kris Bubic (minors) LHP 0.8 2 5 0 .000 .000 47 7 16 4.93 1.48 0 4Yr Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
2018 1 41 FrRnd 41 Indians Y $1,350,000 Lenny Torres (minors) RHP HS Beacon HS (Beacon, NY)
2018 1 42 FrRnd 42 Rockies Y $2,000,000 Grant Lavigne (minors) 1B HS Bedford HS (Bedford, NH)
2018 1 43 FrRnd 43 Cardinals Y $1,664,200 Griffin Roberts (minors) RHP 4Yr Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/10/2022.

As a collective, the 2018 draft class, minus a few players like Shane McClanahan, has not seen a ton of success so far. However, Detroit Tigers fans do not be surprised if Casey Mize comes back earlier than expected. Mize is known for his work ethic, which has gotten him to the top of rotation. For now, Detroit will continue to use the depth they have been able to pull from the farm system.

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