Saturday, March 17, 2012

Tigers Option Tyler Stohr, Reassign Darin Downs

The Tigers "cut" two more pitchers from their major league camp this morning - relievers Tyler Stohr and Darin Downs.  The right-handed Stohr was optioned to Double-A Erie and the left-handed Downs was reassigned to their minor league camp.  Neither move was a surprise.  The Tigers still need to drop 19 more players prior to opening day. 

The 25-year-old Stohr posted a 3.79 ERA in 57 innings pitched for Single-A Lakeland and and Double-A Erie last year.  Baseball America ranked Stohr as the Tigers 17th best prospect of 2012.   He was the sixth round pick in the Tigers infamous reliever draft of 2008.  While the reliever strategy didn't work out too well, the Tigers did draft catcher Alex Avila in the fifth round that year.

The 27-year-old Downs was a spring training invitee, who pitched in the Florida organization in 2011.  He had a 4.66 ERA in 112 innings as a swing man working at Double-A and Triple-A.  Everything you wanted to know or didn't want to know about Downs can be found in this brief video.

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