Tigers Prospect Profile #32: Tyler Stohr

Tigers Prospect Profile #32: Tyler Stohr

One of the few remaining arms from the famed and much maligned "reliever draft" of 2008, Tyler Stohr remains a middle relief option for the Tigers bullpen, if he can work through his health issues and stay effective on the mound.

Tyler Stohr
Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Height: 6-2
Weight: 210
Born: 9/19/1986
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

Acquired: 2008 MLB Draft, 6th Round
Ranking History: #79 (2008), #79 (2009), #70 (2010), #17 (2011)

Background
Stohr was the Tigers sixth round pick in 2008 out of North Florida and made his debut with a 3.98 ERA and 12 saves in 21 appearances for short-season Oneonta. Moving on to Low-A West Michigan in 2009, Stohr dropped his ERA to 3.54 in 52 games with 55 strikeouts.

In 2010, Stohr tossed three games for High-A Lakeland before going down with a serious elbow injury that required him to undergo Tommy John surgery. He missed the remainder of the season and returned to the mound in 2011 where he posted a 3.45 ERA in 31 1/3 innings before a promotion to Double-A.

With Erie, Stohr fanned 27 batters in 25 2/3 innings with a 4.21 ERA while pitching 20 games in relief. The Tigers returned Stohr to Double-A in 2012 and he improved his ERA by over two runs, finishing with a 2.19 mark that included just 18 hits allowed in 24 2/3 innings, though he did walk 24 batters.

Scouting Report
In his second season back from surgery, the well-built Stohr showed improved stuff across the board but regressed with his strike throwing.

Stohr relies heavily on his two- and four-seam fastballs, both of which live in the low-90s. The two-seam heater has some sink and can force hitters to beat the ball into the dirt. His four-seam fastball has decent life and was up to 94 mph late in the year.

For secondary pitches, Stohr has both a slider and a change-up, though he uses the slider much more frequently. Sitting in the low-80s, his slider shows tight spin at times but lacks overall consistency. The pitch has average potential if he can improve his ability to snap it off regularly. Stohr rarely through his change-up in 2012 and when he does throw it, there is little feel or potential with the pitch.

Stohr's mechanics were never consistent during the 2012 season and it showed as he struggled to throw strikes with his fastball and showed now ability to locate the ball within the zone. Stohr has never had a strong command profile but he does have the ability to throw strikes consistently, something he will have to demonstrate again in 2013.

Stohr earns high marks for his makeup and is considered one of the "good guys" in the Tigers system. He has an exceptional work ethic that has allowed him to regain his strength and raw stuff post-surgery.

With an inconsistent and possibly average slider and a solid-average to plus fastball, Stohr projects as a potential middle reliever that could top out pitching in the seventh inning consistently.

Performance

Level

Team

W-L

ERA

G

GS

SV

SO

BB

IP

BAA

AA

Erie

2-1

2.19

23

0

1

20

24

24.2

.207


Health Record
Stohr is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery and he only pitched in 23 games during the 2012 season, at least in part because of some lingering soreness in his arm. Stohr felt stronger later in the season and should be at full strength in 2013.

Projection
Stohr needs time on the mound to regain the crispness of his slider and the overall command of his arsenal. That time on the mound will come with health in 2013 and despite being removed from the 40-man roster, he could be a factor in mid-relief with a strong performance and an opening in Detroit. He doesn't profile as an impact reliever but he could have a big league role.

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