Tigers Prospect Profile #17: Tyler Stohr

After missing almost all of the 2010 campaign due to elbow surgery, Tyler Stohr came back strong in 2011, vaulting himself back up prospect charts with strong showings in Lakeland and Erie. What does Stohr bring to the table and what role could he fill in the big leagues?

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

Background
Stohr was the Tigers sixth pick in 2008, offering a power arm and the relief profile that the team was seeking in that year's draft.

In his debut summer Stohr posted a 3.98 ERA as Oneonta's closer, notching twelve saves. He allowed 17 hits in just over 20 innings of work, walking 15 and fanning 24.

Moved along to West Michigan for the 2009 season, Stohr continued to close games with success. He posted 19 saves that season, backed by less than a hit per inning (8.7/9), nearly a strikeout per inning (8.1/9) and a dramatically decreased walk rate (2.4/9).

After two successful professional seasons Stohr hit his first speed bump in 2010 and it was a doozy. After just three games with High-A Lakeland, Stohr went down with elbow trouble and ended up losing the remainder of the season to elbow surgery.

He returned in 2011 and showed well in a return to High-A. His 3.45 ERA was solid and as he had prior to his injury he continued to allow less than a hit per inning. His walk rate declined yet again, though his strikeout rate dipped to a career low 6.6 per nine innings.

The Tigers moved the 24-year old Stohr to Double-A for the second half of the 2011 season and while his 4.21 ERA may not hint at it, more of his dominating stuff showed up on a consistent basis. In 20 games he worked 25 2/3 innings, allowed 22 hits, walked 17 and struck out 27.

Scouting Report
Stohr is a classic two-pitch reliever with a power profile. He has solid height and a strong frame that projects for durability once the reigns come back off in his second season back from injury.

His fastball parks at 92-94 mph and will touch 96 when he reaches back for more. He generates explosive life at his best and he can blow his fastball past hitters even when they are prepared for it.

Stohr's second pitch is a good slider with two-plane break and the ability to induce both weak contact and miss bats. The quality of his slider was inconsistent in 2011 as he continued his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but scouts indicated that they saw a couple of plus sliders an outing.

Stohr threw more strikes than expected in 2011 but his command was as far behind as expected for a pitcher recovering from major surgery. He rarely located within the strike zone and he will have to refine his ability to do just that in order to fulfill his potential and stick in the big leagues.

At his best Stohr shows the potential to be a powerful eighth inning arm that could close on occasion. The life and velocity on his fastball gives him the ability to miss bats with both of his pitches and if he can locate, that could elevate his game another tick.

Performance

Level

Team

W-L

ERA

G

GS

SV

SO

BB

IP

WHIP

A+

Lakeland

1-0

3.45

24

0

0

23

8

31.1

1.02

AA

Erie

0-2

4.21

20

0

3

27

17

25.2

1.51


Health Record
Stohr was healthy and strong in 2011 after his 2010 Tommy John surgery. The Tigers kept him on a tighter leash than most advanced relievers but those restrictions should come off in 2012.

The Future
The Tigers added Stohr to the 40-man roster this off-season, protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. While he has already pitched 20 games in Double-A, Stohr isn't guaranteed a promotion to Triple-A to start the season.

If he pitches really well in spring training, he could make some noise as a potential bullpen piece early in the year, but he is far more likely to head back to minor league camp and compete for a chance to close games in Toledo. Regardless of where he starts the year, Stohr should get his first big league opportunity at some point in 2012.

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