Tigers pick Auburn right-hander Mize No. 1 in MLB draft

The Detroit Tigers selected Auburn right-hander Casey Mize with the top overall pick in the MLB draft Monday night.

The Tigers were leading off the draft for only the second time in franchise history, with the previous time coming in 1997 when they drafted Rice pitcher Matt Anderson.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Mize has posted a 10-5 record with a 2.95 ERA and 151 strikeouts against just 12 walks over 109 2/3 innings while helping the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament super regionals.

Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart went to the San Francisco Giants with the second pick, followed by Wichita State third baseman Alec Bohm to the Philadelphia Phillies with the third pick.

The top five was rounded out by Oregon State second baseman Nick Madrigal at No. 4 to the Chicago White Sox and Florida third baseman Jonathan India at No. 5 to the Cincinnati Reds.

After Monday night’s first two rounds, the draft will continue starting at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday with rounds three through 10, followed by rounds 11-40 on Wednesday.