TigsTown 2012 Midseason Top 50: 30-21

TigsTown continues to count down the top 50 prospects in the organization, and in the enclosed releases those players that have made it inside the top 30. Which prospects that have put together strong 2012 seasons have moved up onto the list? Find out inside!

30. Alex Burgos – Left-handed Pitcher
Burgos was drafted as a polished lefty that could move quickly if his stuff caught up to his pitchability. While the organization has slightly improved the overall quality of his stuff through a strengthening program, Burgos has struggled to maintain his control and command, leaving his prospect status in flux. Burgos still has back of the rotation potential, but there is more work to do than originally believed.

29. Endrys Briceno – Right-handed Pitcher
Briceno's numbers with short-season Connecticut won't wow anyone. Beyond the numbers you will find a right-hander with plus stuff, including a fastball that has gotten to 95 mph at times throughout the spring and summer. With his long, lanky frame and present stuff, there is reason to be excited about Brieno's potential.

28. Tyler Gibson - Outfielder
Gibson was an aggressive over-slot signing by the Tigers last year on the basis of his athleticism and outstanding raw tools. While he was considered raw after signing last year, he has been exposed by rookie-league pitching this year, struggling to make consistent contact. The hit tool was always going to be the challenge with Gibson, but if it comes, he could be an impact level player.

27. Brian Flynn – Left-handed Pitcher
As is frequently the case with projects like Flynn, he has turned in some dominating performances along with some stinkers this season. The Tigers pushed him to Lakeland this year and the massive lefty has shown more polish than expected. Though there is still a long way to go, Flynn has a legitimate chance to develop into a number four starter down the line.

26. Tommy Collier – Right-handed Pitcher
Some scouts considered Collier a draft-day steal when the Tigers picked him in 2011. Coming off Tommy John surgery the year before, Collier was showing strong velocity and an improved change-up, but his previously devastating slider had yet to return. This year, all three pitchers are showing at above-average levels and several scouts have reported turning him in as a number four starter.

25. Luke Putkonen – Right-handed Pitcher
Though his big-league innings have yet to inspire much faith, Putkonen's raw stuff put him back on the prospect map this spring. After moving to relief full time, Putkonen has flashed mid-90s heat with exceptional angle to the plate. He projects as a potential seventh or eighth inning reliever at his best, but his proximity to the big leagues and overpowering fastball make him a very viable prospect.

24. Hudson Randall – Right-handed Pitcher
One of the Tigers higher picks in last month's draft, Randall has yet to make his professional debut. Randall was a stalwart of one of the nation's top college baseball programs and he brings plenty of fringe-average to solid-average stuff and outstanding competitiveness to the table. What Randall lacks in ceiling – he profiles as a back of the rotation arm, he makes up for with a higher probability of reaching that ceiling.

23. Dixon Machado – Shortstop
Machado is a classic Venezuelan shortstop with his slick glove that can leave observers dumfounded. His defensive abilities, arm and speed are among the best in the Tigers minor league system. With Machado, it all comes down to the bat. If he hits – which still remains a question – Machado could be an everyday shortstop. At worst, he has a chance to be a solid, defense-first utility player.

22. Logan Ehlers – Left-handed Pitcher
Ehlers is the Tigers most recent signing from this year's draft class, and despite being drafted later, the Tigers gave him an over-slot $122,000 bonus that speaks to his raw talent. Ehlers has a chance to command three average or better pitches, and there were reports of him hitting as high as 95 mph from the left side this spring. Ehlers has long been considered an intriguing prospect and now it is time for the Tigers to see if they can coax more out of him.

21. Curt Casali – Catcher
Casali received plenty of hype last summer after being dubbed a draft-day steal by one national media member. While that may have been a bit of hyperbole, Casali has shown a surprising bat this year to go along with good defensive skills and plus leadership ability. Scouts are still mixed on whether Casali profiles best as a backup catcher or second division starter, but either way, he looks more and more like a big league prospect.

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