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Jackson Jobe was the top prep pitcher from the 2021 draft, and while he flashed loud stuff in 2022, he lacked consistency and didn't generate much buzz. He suffered a lumbar spine injury in 2023 spring training and didn't begin a rehab assignment until mid-June. The 21-year-old righty dominated in short stints in the lower levels while he built up his arm strength, and he seemed to get even better as he started pitching deeper into games while advancing to higher levels of the minors, culminating in a five-start run to close the year where he logged a 1.61 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 34:0 K:BB in 28 innings. Four of the five starts came at High-A, with the final start being six shutout innings in Jobe's Double-A debut. He sits in the mid-90s (touches 99 mph) with his fastball while also mixing in a changeup, cutter, slider and curveball that all flash at least plus. It's a complete and filthy repertoire, and he walked three batters in 46 innings at High-A and Double-A, so health/durability is the only potential hold up on future ace status. Jobe was sent to the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost time and finished the year with 79.2 innings, so he probably won't push much higher than 130-140 innings in 2024. The Tigers will probably play it conservatively and send Jobe to the minors for at least a half dozen starts, but he might look big-league ready in spring training.

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  • Tigers' Jackson Jobe: Lands on Double-A IL

    Jobe was placed on the 7-day injured list at Double-A Erie on Thursday with a left hamstring strain. Jobe had to exit Wednesday's start with the injury and now will be forced to the sideline for a bit. The top prospect has put up a 2.16 ERA and 24:10 K:BB over 16.2 innings covering five starts this season with Erie. Jobe, 21, could push to debut with the Tigers this year, but he's facing workload limitations as he has yet to reach 80 innings in a professional season.
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  • Tigers' Jackson Jobe: Exits start with apparent leg injury

    Jobe was removed in the fourth inning of his start Wednesday with Double-A Erie due to an apparent left leg injury, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. According to Beck, Jobe was removed in the middle of an at-bat after he was spotted flexing his left leg and grabbing around his hamstring following a pitch. The Tigers should provide more details on the nature of his injury in the days to come. One of the organization's top pitching prospects, Jobe had posted a 2.63 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 19:9 K:BB in 13.2 innings over his first four starts prior to Wednesday.
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  • Tigers' Jackson Jobe: Reassigned to minor-league camp

    The Tigers reassigned Jobe to minor-league camp Friday. The move comes as no surprise, as Jobe was never a likely bet to make Detroit's Opening Day roster with just once appearance above High-A under his belt. However, the 21-year-old could make his MLB debut sometime in 2024 with a strong showing in the upper minors.
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  • Tigers' Jackson Jobe: Invited to big-league camp

    The Tigers announced Wednesday that Jobe received an invitation to major-league spring training. Fellow top prospects Jace Jung and Ty Madden, among others, will join Jobe in big-league camp. Jobe, 21, was dominant across four minor-league levels in 2023, posting a 2.81 ERA and 84:6 K:BB over 64 innings. The young right-hander has a relatively limited track record in pro ball in part due to injury, but he could push to debut in 2024 if things break right.
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  • Tigers' Jackson Jobe: Bumped up to Double-A

    The Tigers promoted Jobe from High-A West Michigan to Double-A Erie on Tuesday. Jobe is slated to make his debut for Erie on Sunday. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft, Jobe missed a chunk of this season with a back injury but has been fantastic when on the mound, collecting a 3.10 ERA and 78:6 K:BB over 58 innings across three levels. The 21-year-old is viewed as the Tigers' top pitching prospect.
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  • Tigers' Jackson Jobe: Assigned to High-A

    Jobe was promoted to High-A West Michigan on Tuesday after striking out seven in 3.2 innings in his final start for Single-A Lakeland. His most recent outing was one of Jobe's very best as a pro, as he showcased the type of high-end stuff that led the Tigers to select him third overall in the 2021 MLB Draft. With so many prominent pitching prospects graduating to the majors this season, the path is clear for Jobe to establish himself as one of the top arms in the minors over the final weeks of the minor-league season.
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  • Tigers' Jackson Jobe: Settles at Single-A

    High-A West Michigan activated Jobe (back) from its 7-day injured list Saturday and assigned him to Single-A Lakeland. Lakeland is likely just a temporary stop for Jobe, who had been conducting his rehab assignment in the Florida State League after opening the season on the IL while he recovered from lumbar spine inflammation. Jobe has been sharp over his six appearances at Lakeland, covering 16 innings while posting a 2.25 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 20:3 K:BB. He'll likely be cleared to make his 2023 debut at West Michigan in the coming weeks.
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  • Tigers' Jackson Jobe: Rehab moves to Single-A

    Jobe (lumbar spine inflammation) will make a rehab start for Single-A Lakeland on Thursday, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports. He struck out four in two scoreless innings June 17 in the Florida Complex League. Jobe could come off the injured list for High-A West Michigan if Thursday's start goes well. He is a couple years away from the big leagues.
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  • Tigers' Jackson Jobe: Facing hitters again

    The Tigers announced Wednesday that Jobe (back) has resumed facing hitters in live batting practice at Single-A Lakeland, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Jobe has been recovering from lumbar spine inflammation all season, but now that he's facing hitters again, he looks to be on the cusp of making his 2023 debut. Before he joins the High-A West Michigan rotation, the Tigers may have Jobe make a handful of rehab appearances with Lakeland or with their rookie-level Florida Complex League affiliate.
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  • Tigers' Jackson Jobe: Resumes throwing

    Jobe (back) is in the middle of the long-toss portion of his throwing program, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports. Jobe was diagnosed with lumbar spine inflammation back in mid-March and is expected to miss at least half of the season. The 20-year-old is a top-100 prospect but has a lot of catching up to do to get back on track.
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  • Tigers' Jackson Jobe: Diagnosed with lumbar injury

    Jobe was diagnosed Thursday with lumbar spine inflammation and will be sidelined 3-to-6 months, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Jobe battled back discomfort down the stretch last year at High-A West Michigan, and he apparently aggravated the issue in Tigers camp this spring. The 20-year-old right-hander is in danger of missing most of the 2023 minor-league season. He was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft out of a high school in Oklahoma City.
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  • Tigers' Jackson Jobe: Looks sharp in High-A debut

    Jobe (back) struck out three and allowed an earned run on four hits and one walk over five innings Saturday in his start with High-A West Michigan. After receiving a promotion from Single-A Lakeland late last week, Jobe had been scheduled to make his High-A debut Wednesday, only to be pushed off his scheduled start due to back soreness. Jobe needed only a few extra days to move past the issue, and he was able to turn in a productive first outing for West Michigan. The 20-year-old right-hander pumped in 45 of his 67 pitches for strikes on the day.
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  • Tigers' Jackson Jobe: Scratched ahead of High-A debut

    High-A West Michigan scratched Jobe from his scheduled start Wednesday due to a sore back, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft won't be making his High-A debut after he apparently slept wrong on his back overnight, but the Tigers are optimistic that Jobe will be able to take the hill later this weekend, according to director of player development Ryan Garko. Prior to receiving a promotion to West Michigan, Jobe compiled a 4.52 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 71:25 K:BB across 61.2 innings at Single-A Lakeland.
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  • Tigers' Jackson Jobe: So-so results in Single-A

    Jobe has a 4.60 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 34:16 K:BB through 29.1 innings (10 starts) for Single-A Lakeland. The Tigers have been stretching him out a bit more recently, as his last two starts have been his longest of the season, but Jobe hasn't really popped even in short bursts. His strikeout rate is good but falls short of spectacular, while his walk rate is rough and he's been fairly hittable. That said, it's still very early in the 19-year-old righty's career, so there's no reason to count him out after less than 30 pro innings. It's increasingly clear that Jobe's going to be brought up the ladder slowly.
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  • Tigers' Jackson Jobe: Starting 2022 in Low-A

    Jobe will open this season at Low-A Lakeland and will have his innings limited, the Detroit Free Press reports. After going third overall in the 2021 Draft, Jobe didn't get into any minor-league action last year, but he's impressed as usual this spring. With a high-90s fastball, a slider with wicked spin and a refined changeup, he's well ahead of your typical 19-year-old. Jobe has ace upside, so the real question is whether he can stay healthy and maintain his command as he climbs through the minors. Don't count on seeing him in Detroit until 2024 at best, though.
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