Tigers' top prospect Jobe (back) out 3-6 months

March 17th, 2023

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Prior to the Tigers’ game against the Phillies on Thursday night, the team issued medical updates on several of their Minor League players, including some unfortunate news about top prospect .

Jobe, the No. 63 overall prospect per MLB Pipeline, will be sidelined several months with lumbar spine inflammation. The lumbar spine refers to the five vertebra in the lower back.

The right-hander had reported the spine discomfort while throwing earlier in camp. He was evaluated by Dr. Thomas Tolli in St. Petersburg, Fla., and he was given a timetable of three to six months before he can begin a “return to a play program,” which basically means he’ll start ramping up to prepare for a rehab regimen.

“It’s unfortunate for him, because he was looking as impressive as he has as a pro,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “His stuff was really good, his last bullpen was excellent. Slider was real. All the stuff that we had hoped he would accomplish coming into Minor League camp, he was doing.

“Obviously, this will take some time for him to get back on the mound, but we were very encouraged by where he was at physically up to his last bullpen.”

Jobe, 20, got off to a solid, though not spectacular, start to his career in 2022. He posted a 4.52 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP over 61 2/3 innings (18 starts) last year at Single-A Lakeland in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. He struck out 26.3% of the batters he faced and earned a late-season trip to High-A West Michigan, where he surrendered only two earned runs in 15 2/3 frames.

Jobe was selected by the Tigers in the first round (No. 3 overall) of the 2021 Draft out of Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City. He made his Minor League debut with Lakeland on April 17, 2022, after not pitching professionally in his Draft year.