Casey Mize named District 3 Player of the Year, Consensus All-American
AUBURN, Ala. – The postseason accolades continued to pour in for Casey Mize, who was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) District 3 Player of the Year, a First Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), the NCBWA and Perfect Game/Rawlings, and a Second Team All-American by D1 Baseball this week.
The announcements come after Mize had already been named a First Team All-American by Baseball America, a Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and a finalist for both the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy presented to the best player in college baseball.
Mize, who becomes just the second player in program history to earn NCBWA District 3 Player of the Year honors, was also selected by the Detroit Tigers with the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB Draft earlier this month. He is the first player in program history and the fifth player in the history of the Southern Conference to be taken with the top pick.
In 17 starts this season, Mize posted a 10-6 record and a 3.30 ERA en route to becoming just the second two-time All-American in program history. His 156 strikeouts not only lead the SEC and rank second in the country, but are also third most in a single-season in program history. Dating back to the beginning of last season, the Springville, Ala., native struck out 265 batters and issued only 25 walks.
Along with his strikeout total, Mize also led the SEC in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.75), strikeouts per nine innings (12.24) and WHIP (0.87).
Mize turned in a quality start in 10 of his 17 trips to the mound and went the distance in three games this season. He took the mound on Mar. 9 vs. Northeastern and turned in the ninth no-hitter in program history while totaling 13 strikeouts without issuing a walk. The 13-strikeout performance against the Huskies was one of six outings with 10 or more strikeouts this season, including a record-matching 15 strikeouts vs. Vanderbilt on May 4. Mize joined former Auburn pitchers Mark Chapman, John Powell, Tim Hudson and Chris Bootcheck in the 15-strikeout club and was the first SEC pitcher to accomplish the feat in a conference game since 2012.