Springville gives Casey Mize a 'big league' sendoff

Casey Mize was honored by his hometown. Springville's mayor presented the Auburn Tiger pitcher with a key to the city (

Casey Mize's may have saved the best, for last.

The No. 1 overall pick in June's MLB amateur baseball draft held an event in his hometown of Springville on Saturday. Organizers believe 500 people came out to congratulate Mize, who is expected to report to the Detroit Tigers organization early next week.

"To know that I am supported by so many people back home is awesome," Mize said. "Springville was a great place to grow up and it's a great place to live. I'm happy to be back for this short amount of time. I'm happy to see some familiar faces and get to know some new people as well."

Mize was honored by his hometown. Springville mayor William "Butch" Isley presented the pitcher with a key to the city.

Saturday was the end of a whirlwind week. Mize was in Detroit on Monday to sign his contract with the Tigers and get officially introduced to media and fans.

Thursday, Mize was in Los Angeles for the "Golden Spikes Award" banquet, which honors the top amateur baseball player in the country. University of California's Andrew Vaughn won the 2018 Golden Spikes Award.

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