2013 Midseason Top 50: Position Player Notes

You've seen the Top 50 rankings, but as always, the rankings are just a snap shot in time, with players performance and skills driving changes. Which player is rising quickly in the rankings? Who has the highest ceiling? Get these questions and many more answered inside!

Player Most Likely to Make a Big Jump – 2B Domingo Leyba

Signed as one of the club's priority prospects in 2012, Leyba has dominated the Dominican Summer League with the bat this season. He has a broad skill set, a good feel for the game, and enough offensive potential to be an intriguing player once Stateside. If the year-end scouting reports continue to read as positively as some of his recent reports out of the Dominican, Leyba could be moving up the Top 50 in a hurry.

Player Most Likely to Take a Big Fall – OF Austin Schotts

Even though I am typically a sucker for athleticism and tools, Schotts has left me wanting this summer. After struggling in the Midwest League, he has come down to the New York-Penn League and had little in the way of success. Schotts is a burner that has up the middle defensive potential and could bat at the top of a lineup, but his offensive game is so raw that scouts are questioning whether he can ever put it together.

Highest Ceiling Player Outside the Top 30 – OF Tyler Gibson

Gibson was an over-slot signing by the Tigers in 2011 and he earned that lofty bonus on the back of some impressive tools. He remains extremely raw but he has shown flashes of putting things together this summer. If he can continue his developmental steps, Gibson has the potential to work counts, hit for power and play quality outfield defense. He is an exciting player with the physicality of a Major League veteran, and it is just a matter of whether he has the aptitude to translate tools to production.

The Guy I Just Can't Quit – OF Daniel Fields

It seems like such a long time ago that the Tigers handed Fields a seven figure signing bonus to forgo his commitment to the University of Michigan, and in that time his prospect star has both flickered bright and faded to the backdrop. Fields is still a toolsy player with speed, pop and defense and his floor is that of a fourth outfielder, and even though he has mechanical issues with his swing that may prevent him from hitting at a high level, I just can't stop believing in Fields as a future Major Leaguer.

Temper Your Enthusiasm – SS Eugenio Suarez

Suarez shot up prospect lists on the heels of a brilliant first half in the Midwest League in 2012 and then he showed well in High-A to start the 2013 season. Upon his promotion to Double-A, many of the warts scouts have warned of have begun to come to light. Suarez is still a quality profile with the potential to become a solid utility player, but the belief that he could be the Tigers shortstop of the future needs to be vacated in order to maintain reasonably expectations for the player.

Player Most Likely to Jump Into the Rankings – SS Steven Fuentes

Fuentes has impressed throughout the spring and summer on the back fields in Lakeland, and his performance has some scouts believing he could be turning a corner in his development. Long considered a premium athlete with tools to spare, Fuentes is an intriguing name that Tigers fans should begin to keep an eye on as he heads out of the complex leagues and into more challenging playing environments.

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