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One of baseball’s top prospects could make his MLB debut on Sunday, as Casey Mize could potentially start the Tigers’ game against the Reds.

 Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire has held back from directly stating that Mize is slated to start, as the skipper told MLB.com’s Jason Beck and other reporters on Friday that “I can’t announce anything until my general manager makes a statement.”  In another chat with media (including MLive.com’s Evan Woodbery) Sunday morning, Gardenhire noted, “We’re on a day-to-day basis here.  We’ve got to make sure everything’s OK before we make that announcement for tomorrow.”

© Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Casey Mize could make his long-awaited debut soon.

Factors both large and small go into that “everything’s OK” designation.  Most directly, rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for both Saturday and Sunday in the Detroit area, so the Tigers aren’t going to promote Mize unless they are certain a game will actually be played.  (To that end, the Tigers and Reds moved their game today from a 5:10 p.m. CT start to 12:10 p.m. CT in an effort to try to beat the rain.)

In the bigger picture, there is also the increasingly ominous threat that the 2020 season could be paused or halted altogether as multiple teams (the Marlins and Cardinals) are now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks.  The latter situation is more directly concerning to the Tigers, as Detroit is scheduled to face St. Louis in four games from August 3-6.  At the very least, it seems likely those four games won’t be happening, leaving the Tigers with an extended break in the schedule unless they can possibly rearrange any other games with other opponents.

Such on-field considerations are of obvious concern to the Tigers in regard to Mize’s status, as they’re not going to call up their most prized young arm only to begin his career in stop-start fashion.  Service time could also be an issue, as while enough time in the season has passed that Detroit has gained an extra year of control over Mize, the Tigers might not want to start his service time clock due to the possibility that the league might halt for play all teams within just a few days’ time.

It’s an unusual situation to be sure, though the idea of Mize making his debut in 2020 was certainly in the cards long before the pandemic became a reality.  The first overall pick of the 2018 draft has impressed in his brief pro career, posting a 2.71 ERA, 4.62 K/BB rate, and 8.8 K/9 over 123 total minor league innings.  Mize hasn’t pitched beyond the Double-A level, tossing 78 2/3 frames for the Tigers’ Erie affiliate in 2019, though the canceled 2020 minor league season erased his opportunity to pitch Triple-A ball.  Detroit included Mize on its 60-man player pool, and the righty has been working out at the team’s minor league training site.

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Full screen 1/21 SLIDES © Jake Roth-USA TODAY SportsAdam Glanzman/Getty Images Historical comparisons for MLB's young stars Major League Baseball looks a lot different today than it did a few generations ago. Power hitting is much more in demand. Stolen bases have steadily decreased because analytics indicate they aren't worth the risk. Strikeout pitchers are the rage. With that in mind, lets look at 20 current young stars and their historical comparisons. 2/21 SLIDES © Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports | MLB Photos via Getty Images Juan Soto | Ken Griffey Jr. Believe it or not, the Nationals' 21-year-old outfielder could be on his way to a Griffey-like career. In his first full big- league season in 2019, Soto slashed .282/.401/.548 with 34 homers and 110 RBI. Griffey Jr. hit 630 bombs in the majors and made 13 All-Star teams, but when he was Soto's age, his .300/.366/.481 slash line and power numbers (22 homers, 80 RBI) paled in comparison. 3/21 SLIDES © Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports | Brian Bahr /Allsport Austin Meadows | Larry Walker Meadows was the No. 9 overall pick of the Pirates in the 2013 amateur draft, and the outfielder instantly became one of the premier offensive prospects in the sport. In his first full season in the majors a year ago, the sweet-swinging lefty hit .291 and drove in 89 runs for the Rays. He also crushed 33 homers and added 36 other extra-base hits. Walker, who played 17 seasons in the big leagues, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. His ability to consistently hit for a high average and with power were his trademarks. 4/21 SLIDES © Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire | Kevin Reece/Icon Sportswire Pete Alonso | Mark McGwire It's almost eerie how similar these big, right-handed hitting first basemen began their big-league careers. As a rookie in Oakland in 1987, McGwire hit 49 homers and drove in 118 runs. He batted .289, added 28 doubles, reached base at a .370 clip, and was the clear AL Rookie of the Year. Debuting last year, Alonso played in all but one of the Mets' games and slashed .260/.358/.583. He set a rookie record with 53 homers, and his 120 RBI were four short of New York's franchise record. He also easily claimed Rookie of the Year honors, and if he can deliver a career to McGwire's -- minus the steroids -- he'll someday find himself in Cooperstown. Slideshow continues on the next slide 5/21 SLIDES © Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire | Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire Bo Bichette | Derek Jeter Comparing any young shortstop to the Yankees' former captain is difficult, but the Blue Jays' Bichette certainly has the potential to make a similar impact in the division Jeter called home for 20 years. In just 46 games following his July promotion last summer, the second-generation big leaguer hit .311 with 11 homers and 18 doubles. In the minor leagues, Bichette hit .362 over a full season, and the next year he swiped 32 bases. Toronto hopes he can wreck havoc atop their line-up for years. 6/21 SLIDES © Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports | Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports Vladimir Guerrero Jr. | Adrian Beltre Guerrero Jr. was the talk of spring training last March, and while the Jays left him in AAA until late April, that was only done for service time considerations. In the majors, Guerrero Jr. hit .272 with 15 homers and 69 RBI, and while he experienced some growing pains, most scouts agree he'll be a star. If he'd like to follow in the footsteps of someone at the hot corner, he could do a lot worse than Beltre. In 21 big-league seasons, the right-handed slugger hit .286 with 477 homers. Texas retired his number last year. 7/21 SLIDES © Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports | Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Adley Rutschman | Joe Mauer Rutschman has never played in a big league game, but he's been the top catching prospect in the sport since the second Baltimore took him No.1 overall last June. In 644 at-bats at Oregon State, the switch-hitter hit .352 with 28 homers and 174 RBI. His ceiling is through the roof, and he has the potential to be even better than Mauer -- the last catcher to go No.1 overall. Mauer played 15 seasons in the big leagues for the Twins. 8/21 SLIDES © Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports | Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Ronald Acuna Jr. | Mike Trout Acuna Jr. is well on his way to becoming the Trout of the National League. (Trout's still playing of course, but he's the best comp for Acuna.) In his first full big-league season in '19, the Braves' star outfielder slashed .280/..365/.518 with 41 homers and 101 RBI. He added 22 doubles, two triples and 37 stolen bases. Trout, meanwhile, captured his third AL MVP award in 2019. The veteran hit .291 with 45 bombs and 104 RBI for the Angels last season. 9/21 SLIDES © Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports | Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images) Luis Robert | Andruw Jones If Robert is able to reach the ceiling scouts project for him, the outfielder will ultimately be a vastly better player than Jones, who played 17 big-league seasons. Jones hit  434 home runs, made five All-Star teams and won 10 Gold Gloves.The White Sox' rookie plays with similar swagger. In only 122 minor league games in '19, he hit .328 with 32 homers, 92 RBI, 31 doubles, 11 triples and 36 stolen bases. Slideshow continues on the next slide 10/21 SLIDES © Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire | Steven King/Icon Sportswire Yordan Alvarez | Jim Thome Thome spent the early portion of his career at first base, but he ultimately became one of the most dangerous designated hitters in the American League. The big left-handed slugger is one of only nine players to hit more than 600 home runs in the big leagues, and he was enshrined in Cooperstown in 2018. Alvarez showed significant potential for Houston a year ago. In roughly half a season as the Astros' DH, he slashed .313/.412/.655 with 27 bombs and 78 RBI. 11/21 SLIDES © John Cordes/Icon Sportswire | Jeff Zelevansky/Icon Sportswire Jesus Luzardo | Mark Mulder The Oakland Athletics will be thrilled if this comparison holds true. The 22-year-old Luzardo has been one of the top pitching prospects in the game for some time, and 2020 is going to be his big shot. In 43 minor league starts, he posted a 2.53 ERA with a strong 1.02 WHIP. The A's believe he can become their long-term ace. Mulder turned in three dominant seasons from 2001-03 for the A's before tapering off and moving to the National League. 12/21 SLIDES © John Adams/Icon Sportswire | Tommy LaPorte/Icon Sportswire Mike Soroka | Tim Hudson Tim Hudson was arguably the most consistent pitcher of his generation. In 17 big-league seasons, he had a 3.49 ERA in 3,126 1/3 innings. The righty won 222 games and served as the staff leader in Oakland and Atlanta.The Braves' new ace would love to follow in his footsteps. In 29 outings as a rookie a year ago, Soroka went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA. Like Hudson, he's not really a strikeout pitcher, but he could be next in a long line of  fantastic Atlanta hurlers. 13/21 SLIDES © Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire | Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire Keston Hiura | Jeff Kent Kent is one of the best offensive second baseman of all time; the Brewers would be thrilled if Hiura's career mirrors the 17-year veteran's. He opened eyes as a rookie last summer, hitting .303 with 19 homers and 49 RBI in roughly half a season. Before the 2020 season was suspended, Milwaukee was planning to hit him in the clean-up spot. 14/21 SLIDES © Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire | David Berding/Icon Sportswire Fernando Tatis Jr. | Alex Rodriguez This is one hell of a comparison, huh? Few humans are capable of becoming the type of player A-Rod was, but Tatis Jr. may have a shot. The 21-year-old Padres shortstop can hit for average and power, steal bases, play stellar defense, and has world-class arm strength. He was one of the best prospects in baseball entering last season. In 84 games for San Diego, he hit .317 with 22 homers. Slideshow continues on the next slide 15/21 SLIDES © Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire | John Cordes/Icon Sportswire Jack Flaherty | Kevin Brown The Redbirds took Flaherty in the first round six years ago, and last season he truly became the ace they always believed he could be. In 33 starts, the righty had a  2.75 ERA with an 0.97 WHIP and struck out 231 in 196.1 innings. Brown was a first-round pick as well -- 28 years earlier -- and for nearly 20 years, he was an upper-tier starter.. 16/21 SLIDES © Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire | Adam Bow/Icon Sportswire Gavin Lux | Chase Utley Lux has as much offensive upside as any young player in the game. In 458 minor league at-bats a season ago, the 22-year-old hit .347 with 26 homers and 76 RBI. He added 33 extra-base hits. The Dodgers' youngster probably will be competing with Hiura for the starting second base spot on the NL All-Star team for years to come. Utley was no stranger to being in that position, as he participated in six All-Star games. 17/21 SLIDES © Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire | Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire Chris Paddack | Josh Beckett This is a fun comparison. The 24-year-old Paddack burst onto the scene as a rookie a year ago. In 26 starts for the Padres, he went 9-7 with a 3.33 ERA on a team that finished well under .500. He drew attention league wide for his fierce competitiveness. Beckett played 14 seasons in the big leagues, finishing his career in 2014 with a 138-106 record. 18/21 SLIDES © Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports | Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports Joey Bart | Buster Posey Posey is one of the more accomplished catchers in baseball history. In 11 seasons with the Giants, he has won three World Series championships, a Rookie of the Year, an MVP, a Gold Glove, made six All-Star teams and taken home four Silver Sluggers. Injuries have taken their toll on the Florida State product, but lucky for San Fran, it has his replacement waiting in the wings. The Giants selected Bart No. 2 overall two years ago, and after dominating in the minors, he should soon be a regular for the Giants. 19/21 SLIDES © Brad Penner-USA TODAY | Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images Gleyber Torres | Cal Ripken Jr. In two MLB seasons, the Yankees' Torres has become one of the best players in the sport. In '19, he slashed .278/.337/.535, drove in 90 and crushed 38 homers. The Ripken comparison is particularly pertinent for the young shortstop, considering 13 of his long balls came against the Hall of Famer's Orioles. Ripken is the gold standard for young shortstops. 20/21 SLIDES © Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire | Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswir Sean Murphy | Yadier Molina Scouts unanimously agree Murphy will be a Gold Glover behind the plate. Offensively, he won't become Mike Piazza, but he should be able to consistently hit .250-.260 with 15-20 homers. What does that combination give you over the long haul? A catcher who looks a lot like Molina, the Cardinals' longtime standout. He has never hit more than 22 home runs in a season. Molina has won nine Gold Gloves and made nine All-Star teams. 21/21 SLIDES © Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire | John Cordes/Icon Sportswire Ozzie Albies | Roberto Alomar Alomar, a Hall of Famer, is one of the best second basemen of all time, and comparing anyone to him isn't something that's done lightly. In 17 big-league seasons, the Puerto Rico native hit .300 with 210 homers, 504 doubles and 474 steals. He made 12 All-Star teams and won two World Series titles. Albies, also a switch-hitter, has quickly emerged as an upper-echelon second baseman for the Braves. He hit .295 with 24 homers, 43 doubles and eight triples last season. 21/21 SLIDES

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Trevor Lawrence is preaching togetherness so we can have college football.

When Trevor Lawrence speaks, the college football world better listen up.

Until he declares for the 2021 NFL Draft, Lawrence will be the face of college football. The 6-foot-6 pro-style quarterback has won all but one of his starts in his two years with the Clemson Tigers. As a true freshman in 2018, Clemson won the College Football Playoff. As a sophomore in 2019, the Tigers came up one game short, falling to Joe Burrow’s LSU Tigers in the national title bout.

With the 2020 college football season on life support, after the MAC decided against having a season, Lawrence is one of several college stars speaking out on the importance of having a season. Here is what he tweeted out on Sunday: “Let’s work together to create a situation where we can play the game that all of us love. Not divide and argue. There is a way forward.”

Let’s work together to create a situation where we can play the game that all of us love. Not divide and argue. There is a way forward

— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) August 9, 2020

Is Trevor Lawrence’s voice strong enough to keep college football alive?

Lawrence has been especially active on Twitter in the last 24 hours. Here are the tweets he’s either sent out himself or quote-tweeted on the subject of how badly he and other college football stars want to have a season. You only get to be the big man on campus once. You only get to play with your best friends for life on a college football gridiron for so long. No wonder he’s all-in here.

I don’t know about y’all, but we want to play.

— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) August 8, 2020

If we were to cancel CFB, can you honestly tell me that (Power 5) players would be sent home to safer, healthier environments? None of these decisions are easy but I dont see this as a binary decision w/ regards to the best interest of player health when were talking P5.

— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) August 8, 2020

#IWantToPlay

— Sean Clifford (@seancliff14) August 9, 2020

Being dismissive of players voicing their real desire to play a season while also claiming to be for “players rights and them having a voice” is about as disingenuous as it comes.

Stop pretending these are unintelligible athletes who shouldn’t have a say in decision-making.

— Rubbing The Rock (@RubbingTheRock) August 9, 2020

#WeWantToPlay

— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) August 9, 2020

Many in the CFB media have worked hard to push panic and fear…Seeing many prominent players push back tonight…good for them!

— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) August 9, 2020

What I dont understand is the rush to cancel the entire season for the conferences that have the means to make a season potentially work?

Who cares about traditional timing of the back end of the schedule? You owe it to your student athletes to exhaust every single option.

— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) August 9, 2020

What we are getting out of Lawrence’s Twitter feed is consistent and to the point: He wants there to be football. Whether he’s tweeting something out himself, quote-tweeting fellow Power 5 starting quarterback Sean Clifford of the Penn State Nittany Lions or the lead college football analyst for FOX in Joel Klatt, there is absolutely no denying where Lawerence stands on the issue.

There have been many doom-and-gloom headlines about there not being a college football season by many members of the media who cover it. It’s understandable that they’re reporting on what they’re being told by sources because it’s part of their jobs. However, the pessimistic nature of it all isn’t helping anyone. If we don’t have college football, then we won’t have college football.

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Lawrence could have opted out of the 2020 season like other blue-chip prospects like Clifford’s former Penn State teammate Micah Parsons, former Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman and former Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Gregory Rousseau. He might be a lock to go No. 1 in the 2021 NFL Draft, but Lawrence is dead-set on playing this 2020 season.

Ultimately, it’s not up to him, as this will be decided by the university presidents. They may not want the liability on their hands of playing football in the age of the coronavirus. They may argue player safety, but isn’t being on-campus where the players can be tested regularly safer than  being anywhere else? The Power 5 conferences have life-changing decisions to make this week.

Regardless of how this all shakes out, Lawrence let it be known he undoubtedly wants to play.

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