Tigers fans crushed as top prospect suffers apparent injury after 2 dominant outings (updated)

Detroit Tigers pitcher Jackson Jobe warms up during spring training at Tigertown in Lakeland, Fla.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Jackson Jobe warms up during spring training at Tigertown in Lakeland, Fla. / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

Updated May 2: Jackson Jone has been placed on the 7-day injured list with a left hamstring strain.

On April 25, the Detroit Tigers' No. 3 prospect and No. 1 pitching prospect Jackson Jobe had a very close to flawless outing for their Double-A affiliate in Erie. He pitched four no-hit innings and only gave up one walk while striking out six batters. It was his "longest outing without allowing a hit in his professional career," and it brought his batting average against down to .143.

His next outing on Wednesday was similarly dominant to start; he pitched three more hitless innings, with one walk and five strikeouts. In the bottom of the fourth with no outs, he threw an 0-1 pitch for a strike but seemed to come out of his rotation poorly, doing a small hop-skip on the mound before putting his hands on his knees and calling his catcher over.

During a mound visit, he indicated toward his left hamstring and exited the game after throwing 47 pitches.

No. 3 Detroit Tigers prospect Jackson Jobe's latest start cut short with apparent leg injury

Although the severity of Jobe's injury has yet to be announced by the team, watching a dominant pitcher coming off the mound in pain is always hard to watch. The rash of season-ending pitcher injuries that have been sweeping through the majors have mostly concerned their UCLs and led to Tommy John, so while it is reassuring that the issue doesn't seem to be with his arm, an IL stint when Jobe was so clearly on a tear to start the season is a tough pill to swallow.

Hopefully, he's dealing with something minor and won't have to move to the IL for long, if at all. With the rate he's been going through the minors (Rookie-ball all the way to Double-A last season), he could be well on the way to a promotion to Triple-A as long as injury doesn't keep him down.