Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Stohr, the Tigers sixth round pick out of North Florida, started his collegiate career at Army where he made seven starts for the Black Knights in 2006. His seven starts spanned thirty innings, and he finished 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 15 strikeouts. Transferring to North Florida for his sophomore season, Stohr started in the Osprey rotation only to realize he was ill-suited to the role. Tyler was moved to the bullpen and he excelled immediately; tying for the Atlantic Sun Conference lead with six saves, and picking up a 3.08 ERA out of the ‘pen. Due to his performance on the field and in the classroom, Tyler was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team following his first season with the team.
Stohr took his closing duties to the Cape Cod League last summer, where he dominated the late innings for the Hyannis club. He saved five games in ten appearances with a 2.08 ERA. Returning to campus, Tyler took another step forward as a dominating reliever this year. He notched ten saves which led the conference and ranked 11th nationally, while holding hitters to a dominating .185 average against. His 1.93 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 35 innings continue to tell the story of his dominance. His performance earned him 2nd Team All-Atlantic Sun honors.
Stohr has an excellent two-pitch arsenal that can at times completely dominate hitters. His fastball has some nice late life and sits routinely at 92-95, touching 96 on some occasions. As a reliever, he's been able to let loose with his heater and it has really come to life for him. He can battle bouts of wildness, but he generally pumps fastballs in the lower third of the strike zone, generating both groundballs and swinging strikes.
His second plus pitch is a hard slider with good tilt and bit. Moving to the bullpen allowed him to really take a leap forward with this pitch, giving it better break and even improved command. He can work it to both sides of the plate, and has shown an ability to bury it on the back foot of lefties for an out pitch. Tyler has an aggressive approach on the mound, and he attacks hitters with a fervor that works well in a finishing role. His approach isn't very refined at this time, but he has shown signs of learning how to better set up hitters.
Stohr will likely remain in the bullpen unless the Tigers' scouts have seen something others haven't in his ability to work as a starter. He needs to make some strides with refining his command in the strike zone, but overall he's a pitcher that should perform immediately and has a chance to move quickly.
Performance Level Team W-L ERA G GS SV SO BB IP AVG CLG
With limited innings on his arm, Stohr is fresh and should immediately step into a late inning role for any team to which he is assigned. He will be monitored by the same usage restrictions as every other reliever in the system, which should allow him to better adapt to the additional rigors of the pro game.
Stohr should be a quick sign for the Tigers, and unless they feel the need to push him to West Michigan, he'll backfill Noah Krol's role as the Oneonta closer this summer. Tyler's raw stuff should serve him well in a very good pitcher's environment, and he could be primed for an aggressive promotion late this year or early next. The Tigers have a history of taking it slowly with college relievers in their first 18 months, but with tons of pitching entering the lower rungs of the system, pitchers that perform well may be given a chance to earn a prompt promotion.
Mark Anderson is TigsTown's Managing Editor and feature Minor League writer. He can be reached at Mark@TigsTown.com.