After two outings with Class-A Lakeland to shake the rust off his shoulder, Casey Mize is back with Double-A Erie.
The top overall pick in 2018 returns to a loaded rotation in Erie that also features Matt Manning, Alex Faedo and rising prospect Tarik Skubal. Together, those four have produced a 2.71 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings over 45 Double-A starts.
For Mize -- as well as likely Manning and Faedo -- the next stop this season is Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers figure to move him there once they promote Beau Burrows, and possibly Kyle Funkhouser, to the big leagues.
As for a promotion to Detroit for the Tigers' top prospect, don't count on it this year.