Tigers Select Bloom, Lose Skelton in Rule 5

On Thursday morning, the annual Rule 5 Draft was conducted, with the Tigers selecting Pittsburgh starting pitcher Kyle Bloom. Just two picks later, the Tigers lost catcher James Skelton to Arizona. The minor league portion is set for the afternoon.

The Tigers saw Kyle Bloom this past season in the Eastern League. Bloom pitched the entire season for Altoona, where he faced off against the Erie SeaWolves. For the season, Bloom went 5-8 with a 4.19 ERA. Bloom also struck out 93 with 55 walks and a .244 average against.

Bloom showed even better in the Hawaii Winter League with a 2-0 record and a 1.50 ERA in seven starts. Bloom also struck out 32 in 30 innings of work.

Bloom possesses a fastball that routinely sits in the high-80s, and also a solid curveball and change-up. Bloom has however battled control issues in the past.

James Skelton was one of the Tigers' top catching prospects in the organization - but there were concerns about whether or not his smaller stature would allow him to stay behind the plate long term.

In 2008, Skelton split time between High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie. He posted a .303 average between the two stops, with an .856 OPS. Skelton, who has always been a patient hitter, took 83 walks compared to just 73 strikeouts.

As is the case with all Rule 5 selections, a team must keep the player on the 25-man roster for the entirety of the season or be offered back to his original team.

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