Jackson Jobe

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Jackson William Jobe

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Jackson Jobe was the third overall pick of the 2021 Amateur Draft, by the Detroit Tigers, out of a high school in Oklahoma. Considered the #7 overall prospect before the draft, his selection was a bit of a surprise, given the presence of a number of higher-rated player still on the board, and the inherent risk attached to any righthanded pitcher coming out of high school. Still, the Tigers were impressed by the fact that scouts rated Jobe's raw stuff as the best of any pitcher in the draft that year, with his slider his best pitch, the only question being whether that would eventually translate at the major league level. The Tigers explained that they had drafted him because they felt he had the biggest upside of anyone in the draft. Before the draft he had a commitment to attend the University of Mississippi, although that was likely to fall by the wayside given his lofty draft rank. Indeed, he signed with the Tigers on July 23rd for a bonus of $6.9 million. He did not pitch professionally that summer, awaiting the 2022 season to make his professional debut.

Interestingly, Jobe was mainly a shortstop before his senior year of high school, and was considered a prospect at the position, although more for his defensive skills than his bat. He was Oklahoma's high school player of the year for three straight seasons. It was said when he arrived at the Tigers' mini-camp in 2022 (with major league spring training postponed by the 2021-2022 lockout) that he had bever given up a home run as a pitcher in his entire lifetime when teammate Manuel Sequera took him deep during a live batting practice session on February 23rd.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Jason Beck: "Tigers select 'total package' Jobe at No. 3: Athletic high school right-hander rated as Detroit's best player on the board", mlb.com, July 12, 2021. [1]
  • Jason Beck: "Heralded prospect Jobe gives up first HR ... ever? Tigers' top-ranked arm eyes development in Minor League camp", mlb.com, February 23, 2022. [2]
  • Thomas Harrigan: "Who is Jackson Jobe? Get to know HS righty", mlb.com, July 11, 2021. [3]

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