In 2021, the Detroit Tigers selected RHP Jackson Jobe third overall in the MLB Draft. A high school pitcher is a risky draft pick, but Jobe was and is different. Jobe’s pitching arsenal is electric, and it was too much for the Tigers to pass up. Currently ranked the top prospect in the Tigers pipeline, Jobe is special and has the stuff, tools, and abilities to ascend to the Tigers fairly quickly. It is possible, due to his projection Jobe can be a future ace of the rotation.
A 60-graded fastball that sits between 94-96 MPH, a 70-graded slider, a 55-graded changeup that Jackson Jobe is currently working on polishing, and a 50-graded curveball which the young pitcher is going to focus on this season, are enough to whet the appetite, it also enough to see that the Tigers have a very talented pitcher in the organization’s pipeline.
Last season, Jackson Jobe pitched in High-A ball with the West Michigan Whitecaps, where in 77.1 innings pitched, Jobe had 81 strikeouts, walked 30 batters, and posted a 3.84 ERA. Jobe’s spin rate is next-level, and it would show in the big leagues right now.
With a fastball that again sits between 94-94 MPH, Jobe’s slider sits between 81-83 MPH, and he has dialed in up to 86 MPH. He is still looking to find a better feel for his changeup, which is a pitch that projects very well once he does establish a feel.
Jackson Jobe to a big step in development last season. Jobe is blessed with a unique arm and already has a firm grasp on wipeout pitches, which puts the young right-handed pitcher on the fast track to Detroit. No matter if he begins the season with the Whitecaps or Double-A and the Erie Seawolves, expect Jobe to advance in development this season.
There is a slim chance the Tigers bring him up for a spot start, but ideally, they would send him to Triple-A first and give him a start or two with the Toledo Mud Hens. No matter where Jackson Jobe pitches this season, he looks likely slated to arrive in Detroit at some point in 2024.