What better time to consider buying a Casey Mize rookie card than the day of his debut? Check that. The day AFTER his debut may be a better, or at least safer, idea. Regardless of when you plan on picking one up, you need to be comfortable it’s a good investment (unless you’re just out there collecting for fun). So let’s take a look at what’s he’s done so far and try to get an idea of what to expect from him in the future.
Casey Mize: College Star and Number 1 Draft Pick
At only age 23, it’s hard to believe Casey Mize spent 3 seasons playing college ball before being drafted. During those seasons at Auburn, Mize impressed scouts by piling up 324 strikeouts over 267 innings and posting a 2.96 ERA with a .980 WHIP. Warranted or not, those numbers were good enough to get Mize drafted first overall in the 2018 MLB Draft.
After being drafted by the Tigers, Mize made quick work of the minors leagues. Over only 123 innings, Mize was impressive enough to earn a call up to the big leagues. Even before he ever pitched an inning at AAA. During that short time on the farm, Mize posted numbers that were remarkably similar to those he put up in college including a sub 3 ERA (2.71) and a sub 1 WHIP (.967). However, the strikeout rate fell off with only 120 (slightly under a K per 9).
Now that he’s here (and hopefully to stay), perhaps the consistency Mize has shown so far will continue and end up validating his lofty #1 pick status. At the very least it could be used as validation for buying one these his rookie cards! Here are four we like.
Casey Mize Rookie Card Review: Top 4 Cards to Target
2018 Bowman Chrome (Buy this card on eBay)
Like always, when it comes to prospects Bowman Chrome is THE card. The 2018 set is the first one that features Casey Mize and offers various refractor versions along with autographed cards. As far as looks go, it features Mize mid-delivery and accentuates that amazing leg kick.
2020 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions (Buy this Casey Mize rookie card on eBay)
If you’re looking for a card that’s hot off the press, look no further. The 2020 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Casey Mize rookie card comes in a variety of styles including a “rookie patch” and even a horizontal layout. Regardless of which one you decide on, it’s gonna be a pretty sweet card.
2019 Bowman Chrome (Buy this Casey Mize rookie card on eBay)
While not as coveted as the previous season, it’s certainly more affordable. So if you’re looking to mitigate your risk the 2019 Bowman Chrome Casey Mize rookie card is the one should go with. Although you may regret not buying the 2018 version if Mize is lights out this year.
2018 Bowman’s Best (Buy this card on eBay)
Here’s another way to hedge on a Casey Mize rookie card. Simply go with the Bowman’s Best set rather than the high-profile Chrome. True, it may not be as lucrative as the Chrome, but at the end of the day, it’s still made by Bowman. This one shows Casey showing off that devastating follow-through.
Another young arm you can bank on!
Overall Bargain Rating: Low-Risk Play
Regardless of how his debut goes, Casey Mize’s future looks bright. He was talented enough to be drafted number 1 overall and has been extremely consistent during his time in college and the minors. Sure it’d be nice to see a little more swing and miss potential, but then again that didn’t make fellow Tiger prospect Takik Skubal’s pro-debut any easier!
No investment is a sure thing. Especially when you’re speculating on what a 23-year-old baseball prospect will become. However, Mize has shown enough consistency in his short career to make you comfortable with a medium to low-end investment. He may never live up to that first overall pick status, but we’d be surprised if he isn’t a top 40 pitcher somewhere in the near future. And that’ll do just fine.