2013 Midseason Top 50: 50-41

As we approach the midway point of the 2013 season, it's time to check in on how the Tigers' farmhands are doing, and which players are elevating themselves in prospect discussions. The 2013 Midseason Top 50 begins Tuesday with prospects that just crack the top 50, ranked 50-41.

50. Tyler Gibson – Outfielder
An over-slot but for the Tigers in 2011, Gibson is one of the toolsiest players in the entire organization, but those tools come with a hefty risk profile. Gibson has yet to adjust to the consistent quality of professional pitching and as such, his hit tool projection is almost non-existent. Gibson will remain on the radar because he is so physical and his tools are extremely loud, but he remains an extreme long shot.

49. Chad Smith – Right-Handed Pitcher
As Smith continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery in college, he continues to impress scouts along the way. With a fastball that can reach 94-95 mph in short bursts and a slider that shows solid potential, Smith has the ceiling of a seventh inning arm if he can continue to refine his control and consistency and get moving up the minor league ladder.

48. Ben Verlander – Outfielder
While the name may look familiar to Tigers fans, this Verlander lacks the prospect pedigree of his older brother. That's not to say Ben Verlander isn't a prospect in his own right; he's just one with a lot more development required. Verlander converted to the field full time at Old Dominion last year and there are scouts that believe his hitting ability could carry him through the minor leagues.

47. Hudson Randall – Right-Handed Pitcher
Randall must walk a fine line as a prospect. For all of his guts and grittiness on the mound, his stuff comes up way short for a right-hander and he lacks the physical projection to enlist belief that there may be more in the tank. Randall may survive in the minor leagues as a command-and-control righty but his ultimate success at the big league level may come in a swingman or middle relief role.

46. Jake Stewart – Outfielder
Stewart offers average speed and some of the best outfield defense in the Tigers minor league system, lending to his fourth outfielder profile. He can also put a charge in the baseball when he makes contact but his swing is long and he lacks the refined barrel control to project as a hitter. Stewart's defense and raw tools can keep him on the radar and he could pop up one day as an extra outfielder in the Major Leagues.

45. Logan Ehlers – Left-Handed Pitcher
Ehlers entered the year as a prospect many fans were excited to get an extended look at. Since then he has battled his control and his stuff hasn't been as crisp as it showed at the junior college level last year. Ehlers has been sent back to the New York-Penn League to get right this summer and if everything clicks he could still be a back-end lefty with a good fastball and broad arsenal.

44. Javier Betancourt – Second Baseman
Yet another product of the Tigers Venezuelan connections, Betancourt is the nephew of former Major League infielder Edgardo Alfonso. With strong baseball bloodlines, Betancourt has a tremendous feel for the game, good defensive ability at the keystone and some potential at the plate. He remains a long way off while still playing in the Gulf Coast League, but Betancourt could be a guy to watch in a couple of years.

43. Jordan Lennerton – First Baseman
One of two Tigers prospects slated to participate in this year's Futures Game at Citi Field in New York, the Canadian native will represent the World Team at first base. Lennerton has long been dubbed an organizational player and that may still hold true, but it is beginning to be impossible to ignore his on-field success. Lennerton has a good approach, modest bat speed and good strength, allowing him to project as a decent hitter with solid pop.

42. Domingo Leyba – Infielder
Leyba was one of the Tigers priority signings at the outset of the 2012 international signing period and he has lived up to that hype with his early performance in the Dominican Summer League this year. Leyba is a quality defender that could play either shortstop or second base down the line and he has potential as a quality hitter as well. Leyba is an experienced player despite his perceived inexperience professionally, having played in plenty of international competitions.

41. Brandon Loy - Infielder
Always thought of as a potential utility infielder, Loy still holds that profile after three years in the system. Hitting just .202 entering Monday's action in Lakeland, Loy doesn't project as a hitter down the line. He is a good defensive player at shortstop, second base and even third base and could continue moving up the ladder as a glove-first utility infielder with some base stealing ability off the bench.


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