40. Matt Hoffman – Left-Handed Pitcher
Hoffman has been on and off the prospect radar for the better part of three years, including blowing up in the Arizona Fall League with fastball velocities reaching the upper-90s. Since that time he has settled in as a potential left-on-left reliever but has yet to gain the consistency required to fulfill that role. Hoffman still has a big league ceiling, but reaching that ceiling may not happen with the Tigers.
39. Austin Kubitza – Right-Handed Pitcher
The Tigers fourth round pick last month, Kubtiza offers a back-end starter profile with his present arsenal, but has flashed better velocity in the past, leading to hope that he could regain his loftier prospect status. Kubitza is an intense competitor with a filthy slider backing up his below-average fastball.
38. Jordan John – Left-Handed Pitcher
Despite John's physical 6-foot-3, 200-plus pound build, he lacks the power stuff to profile as a frontline prospect. With a fastball that sits in the upper-80s and scrapes 90 mph, and three secondary pitches that range in quality from below-average to average, he gets by more on pitchability and strike throwing than anything else. John has the overall game to fit in the back of a big league rotation if everything comes together.
37. Connor Harrell – Outfielder
Drafted by the Tigers two years in a row, Harrell signed for $55,000 as a seventh round pick this summer. Despite being a senior sign, Harrell offers impressive athleticism and intriguing tools that are mitigated by some glaring holes in his game. A quality defender in center field with a strong arm and above-average speed, Harrell has the defensive chops to become a prospect. Offensively, his power potential is legitimate, but his inability to make contact and modify his approach gets him in trouble.
36. Buck Farmer – Right-Handed Pitcher
This year's sixth round pick out of Georgia Tech, Farmer is an extreme competitor that battles throughout his starts and keeps his team in the ball game. His fastball rests in the average range, scraping 94 mph when he really needs an extra tick in high-pressure situations. Both his slider and changeup show occasional flashes of being average pitches and he mixes them in well. The overall profile doesn't blow you away, but he could find himself in the big leagues as a fifth starter.
35. Joe Rogers – Left-Handed Pitcher
Rogers carried lofty expectations into the Tigers organization as a fifth round pick last year, but he has failed to show the stuff that intrigued scouts at the amateur level. Used exclusively in relief so far, Rogers will have to get healthy and get on the mound more consistently to show off the hard fastball and quality breaking ball that could make him a valuable late-inning reliever.
34. Tommy Collier – Right-Handed Pitcher
Collier missed ample time this summer with a groin injury that just allowed him to get back on the field. At his best he shows a solid-average fastball with good sink, a quality slider and a changeup that has improved dramatically since his elbow surgery in college. Collier is another Tigers prospect that profiles as a back-end starter.
33. David Gonzalez – Shortstop
At just 19-years old, Gonzalez was pushed to West Michigan this year and while he has had flashes of brilliance, he has also demonstrated that the full-season game is a little too quick for him. With quality shortstop actions, good range and a strong arm, Gonzalez has the chops to handle the left side of the infield if he can slow things down. He is a slap hitter with an aggressive approach that will have to develop against more advanced pitching.
32. Montreal Robertson – Right-Handed Pitcher
Though the Tigers continued to have Robertson start this year in West Michigan, he profiles as a high-leverage reliever long term. With a strong, physical body and a fastball that has reached 98 mph in short bursts, Robertson has the appearance of a late inning arm. He is an aggressive pitcher that rises to the occasion in difficult spots and that leaves some scouts projecting him as a possible setup man.
31. Dixon Machado – Shortstop
While he has missed most of the 2013 season with a hamstring injury, Machado still profiles as a glove-first utility player down the line. He is one of the best defensive infielders in the Tigers organization, including an arm that earns 8s on the 2-8 scouting scale. He has a good approach at the plate but he has to demonstrate that the additional muscle he added since 2012 can translate to his game and result in him hitting enough to fit at the bottom of a big league lineup.
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