30. Anthony Castro – Right-Handed Pitcher
Castro is the epitome of a projectable pitching prospect with a long, lean frame and plenty of room for growth. He already reaches the low-90s with his fastball and many scouts believe there could be more in the tank down the line. He is still just 18-years old and will be looking to comes stateside in 2014, but he has one of the more intriguing profiles in the Tigers system.
29. Franklin Navarro – Catcher
Navarro made a lot of noise by hitting .315 in the VSL last year and performing well in the Fall Instructional League. The Tigers quickly brought him stateside and while he has struggled in the early going this summer, Navarro projects well both offensively and defensively.
28. Edgar De La Rosa – Right-Handed Pitcher
The 2012 season saw De La Rosa fulfill much of the potential the Tigers had seen in him over the years as he ran his fastball into the upper-90s at times and showed improved feel for his changeup. The massive De La Rosa still struggles with his control and his breaking ball, and the numbers haven't been there in full-season ball, but his overall ceiling is impossible to ignore, whether that ceiling comes in the rotation or the bullpen.
27. Bryan Holaday – Catcher
Holaday has already reached the big leagues in his long term role as a backup catcher and he should continue to get chances at the highest level. Though he is sporting improved numbers at the plate, his swing is still very mechanical and he is unlikely to hit at the big league level, keeping his ceiling in the backup realm.
26. Jose Valdez – Right-Handed Pitcher
One of the Tigers breakout prospects through the first half of the season, Valdez has enjoyed a bump in fastball velocity, now sitting in the mid-90s and touching 98 mph with regularity. He is throwing more strikes than ever but still needs to improve his work around the zone. Valdez's slider still needs work as well, but he suddenly looks like a potential setup reliever if he can continue to progress.
25. Kyle Ryan – Left-Handed Pitcher
After two years in the Midwest League, Ryan is finally getting a taste of High-A and through 17 starts he has managed a 3.18 ERA and less than a hit per inning. Ryan's stuff has not progressed as many hoped when he was drafted but he has developed a strong feel for his craft that enables him to work through lineups multiple times. He projects as a number four starter at his best and could reach the upper levels of the minor leagues next season.
24. Devon Travis – Second Baseman
All Travis has done since signing with the Tigers last summer is hit, and hit a lot. He forced a promotion to High-A earlier this month after hitting .352 in 77 games at Low-A and he is quickly earning a reputation as a leader and legitimate prospect. He is a quality defender at second base and while he will have to continue hitting at a high clip, he has a chance to reach the big leagues as a solid regular.
23. Joe Jimenez – Right-Handed Pitcher
The Tigers inked Jimenez as a non-drafted free agent out of Puerto Rico last month, signing him for less than $100,000 after his originally high bonus demands forced him to fall in the draft. Jimenez has a big, physical frame with room for muscle and the potential to eat innings. His fastball and breaking ball both project well and there are scouts that believe Jimenez could be a workhorse mid-rotation starter down the line.
22. Tyler Collins – Outfielder
Long considered a potential fixture in the Tigers outfield by fans, Collins has always come up a little short of that projection in scouting circles. He has potential with the bat but his defense and arm are poor and his bat isn't strong enough to carry him with a bad defensive profile. He lacks the feel for the game necessary to make offensive adjustments against advanced pitching and his ceiling is that of a bench bat.
21. Endrys Briceno – Right-Handed Pitcher To read the rest of the 2013 Midseason Top 50, follow the links below:
A breakout prospect for the Tigers in 2012, Briceno still doesn't blow people away with his numbers but he shows flashes of brilliance from a scouting perspective. Tall and extremely thin, Briceno has room for strength and could improve physically, but he already pumps his fastball at 92-93 mph and touches 96 at times. He has good feel for his changeup and strong command projection, but must find a successful breaking ball and fulfill his command projection to reach his ceiling as a number three starter.
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