The Detroit Tigers' most coveted prospects in trade

Detroit Tigers pitching prospect Jackson Jobe throws live batting practice during spring training
Detroit Tigers pitching prospect Jackson Jobe throws live batting practice during spring training / Kirthmon F. Dozier / USA TODAY NETWORK
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1. RHP Jackson Jobe

This one is pretty obvious--most sites rank Jobe as the best prospect in the system, he's a former first-round pick, and despite some slow starts in Lakeland, he hit the ground running upon his late-season promotion to West Michigan.

Over his three starts for the Whitecaps, Jobe pitched to a 1.15 ERA where hitters batted just .175 against him. It's especially impressive considering he had just turned 20 and since his move was post-draft, many high-end college players likely started their respective pro careers there.

Jobe's build is fairly average for a starter; a compact frame at 6'2" with a high waist and a thick lower half. Jobe features the standard four-pitch starter mix, but his money pitch is his slider, which many scouts gave a 70 on the 20-80 scale out of high school and would qualify as 'double plus.'

Other teams would ask for Jobe mainly for the projection that remains within the profile. While MLB Pipeline has Jobe as the 38th-best prospect in the game, many feel he's maybe on the back-end of a top 100-type list currently. That said, he still possesses the frontline starter potential and has a good shot to cement himself firmly as one of the 25-best prospects in the league if he pitches well to start the season and following a possible promotion to Double-A as a 20 or 21-year-old.

Due to the investment that the Tigers have into Jobe already, Harris' comments about acquiring and retaining young talent, and Jobe's high status as a prospect, any deal involving him would likely have to involve a talented MLB player with multiple years of team control remaining.

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