TigsTown 2012 Midseason Top 50: 50-41

Twice a year, TigsTown evaluates the entire Tigers' farm system and compiles the top players, ranking them from number one through 50. It's time for the midseason release of the rankings! Check inside to see who just made it in the top 50!

50. Matt Hoffman – Left-handed Pitcher
Hoffman continues to hang around the back end of the rankings thanks to an average fastball that touches higher and comes at hitters from a very low arm slot. He has the ability to be murder on left-handed hitters and could be a very nice situational reliever in Detroit.





49. Jamie Johnson – Outfielder
Johnson gets overlooked because of more potent offensive talents in the minor leagues but some scouts do see a Major League future for the small outfielder. With good defense, some speed and a great approach at the plate, Johnson could be an excellent extra outfielder and well-rounded bench player.





48. Anthony Castro – Right-handed Pitcher
Castro may be the next in a long line of hard-throwing right-handers in the Tigers system. With an average frame and a quick arm, Castro shows low-90s velocity now and could have premium velocity if he reaches his full potential. His curveball also shows potential and he has toyed with a change-up, giving him a chance to stick as a starter.


47. Jose Ortega – Right-handed Pitcher
The initial big league trials have been a little rough for Ortega but it is difficult to argue with a 94-97 mph fastball and a slider that can flash as a nice second pitch. He's on the shorter side and his heater can lose deception at times, but when he's right, he has the potential to pitch in the seventh inning.





46. Tyler Stohr – Right-handed Pitcher
Stohr is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, and that had included some bouts with soreness and inflammation. When he's right, Stohr can show mid-90s heat and an average slider. If his control and command come around, Stohr could provide a power arm in the later innings.





45. Jake Stewart – Outfielder
One of the Tigers recent draft picks, Stewart was a premium athlete coming out of high school a few years ago. While that athleticism has slid a little bit, he can still "flat out go get it" in the outfield according to one scout. He's a solid runner and good thrower as well, giving him at least fourth outfielder potential and possibly more if the bat comes alive.





44. Kevin Eichhorn – Right-handed Pitcher
Eichhorn's prospect stock hinges far more on substance than style. He has solid stuff across the board and that plays up because of his outstanding pitchability and ability to throw strikes. While his ceiling may only top out around the back of a big league rotation, he also has a very real chance of being a big leaguer, giving him a higher floor as well.





43. Dean Green – First Baseman
Green is just about the definition of a bat-only prospect. He's a big guy with a below-average body and almost no value away from the bat. That said, the bat is real and he has a chance to hit for average and power all the way up the ladder. With a DH profile he has to rake at every stop.





42. Jeff Ferrell – Right-handed Pitcher
Ferrell has returned from Tommy John surgery and is again flashing the intriguing stuff that put him on the prospect map after being drafted in 2010. Working in shorter stints out of the bullpen his stuff has begun to play up and some scouts believe he could profile as a solid bullpen arm.




41. Miguel Paulino – Outfielder
The Tigers went a little over slot value to get Paulino signed after drafting him last month and they went after him because of his outstanding athleticism and overall collection of tools. Paulino will take a while to develop, but he has a chance to defend at a high level in center field with a good arm, good speed and interesting potential with the bat.


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