TigsTown 2011 Midseason Top 50: 30-21

Moving closer and closer to the top ten prospects in the organization, TigsTown releases those prospects that are ranked 30 through 21.

30. Ryan Strieby – First Baseman

A persistent wrist injury that spanned multiple seasons has all but killed Ryan Strieby's hopes of being an MLB contributor. He has always been a right-handed power bat that could only truly play first base, but he was slugging to the point where it didn't matter. Now that that huge power and hitting ability have regressed, Strieby is left with bench bat possibilities and those are slipping away.

29. Bryan Holaday – Catcher

Holaday's defense has been as advertised, though some scouts have noted that he has trouble blocking professional caliber breaking balls. His bat has also been as advertised, and that's not a good thing. Despite having some strength in his body, Holaday lacks hitting ability, but his defense and leadership should earn him a chance at a big league backup catching gig.

28. Tyler Stohr – Right-handed Pitcher

The 2010 season was a lost cause for Stohr as he missed the bulk of the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Stohr has come back with a vengeance in 2011 showing mid-90s gas and a slider that is flashing as a plus pitch. The command is still coming around, but Stohr is looking more and more like a potential eighth inning option.

27. Kevin Eichhorn – Right-handed Pitcher

The Tigers received Eichhorn as the primary piece in the Armando Galarraga trade before this season began and he hasn't disappointed with West Michigan in 2011. What he lacks in raw stuff he makes up for in moxie and pitcability, and his stuff is flashing a little better than it has in the past. Still young and several years from knocking on the door, Eichhorn has back of the rotation ceiling.

26. Dixon Machado – Shortstop

Machado is a classic Venezuelan shortstop with a spectacular glove and a bat that must catch up. Machado has all the defensive tools scouts look for with first-step quickness, excellent hands and a strong arm. He has some contact ability at the plate but lacks the strength to consistently the drive the ball and is a long way from the big leagues.

25. Alex Burgos – Left-handed Pitcher

The Tigers held Burgos back in extended spring training to build overall strength and the results since his promotion to West Michigan have been nothing short of spectacular. Burgos is a command and control left-hander that the Tigers popped in the fifth round in 2010, and if his stuff steps forward he could cement his ceiling in the fourth or fifth starter range.

24. Javier Azcona – Shortstop

Azcona is the epitome of projection, with long arms and huge hands and feet, leaving some wondering if there is still growth remaining in his wiry frame. If that growth comes, Azcona's projection could go from one with some potential to hit to a guy that has the potential to be an offensive monster. That said, the gap between present and possible future is enormous and Azcona is a long shot to reach his potential.

23. Brenny Paulino – Right-handed Pitcher

Paulino is another tools bet with a ton of strength in his right arm and a fastball that can already get into the mid-90s and one scout reported seeing him as high as 98 in one outing this spring. With that kind of heat and room to continue filling out his frame, Paulino has the potential to develop as a starter or reliever.

22. Bruce Rondon – Right-handed Pitcher

It has been a bit of a winding road for Rondon the last few years, but it is hard to argue with his stuff at any point in the process. Rondon can get up to 96-97 mph with his big fastball, and he can even get to 95 mph when he drops down sidearm. His control, slider, and conditioning all need work at this point, but the velocity alone makes him a very intriguing prospect.

21. Jason King – Third Baseman

The Tigers third round pick this past June, King flew under the radar this spring because it was his first season back on the field after elbow surgery in 2010 at Kansas State. King is a very well build athlete with power and an excellent approach at the plate, and some scouts believe he has the chops to stick at third as well.


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