2014 TigsTown Top 50 Tigers Prospects: 50-41

The time has come for TigsTown to debut its top 50 prospects in the organization as we head toward the 2014 season. The group of prospects ranked in the 40's is a mix of very young players, many of whom haven't come Stateside yet, along with a handful of familiar names that have been in the organization for a couple years, as well as a couple recent draftees.

50. Jordan Lennerton – First Baseman
After garnering some national attention as a member of the World Team in the 2013 Futures Game, Lennerton finished off his Triple-A debut season with a .278/.382/.430. Blessed with quality raw power from a strength and leverage-based swing, Lennerton profiles as a very good organizational player with tremendous first base defense.

49. Arvicent Perez – Catcher
In his second tour through the rookie-level Venezuelan Summer League, the 19-year old Perez improved his batting average and on-base percentage while playing catcher, first base and designated hitter. A solid defender with the potential to be an asset behind the plate, Perez shows a quality stick and the ability to use the whole field as well. A well-built teenager, Perez has some potential for average power down the line.

48. Elys Escobar – Catcher
Signed out of Venezuela in July for $350,000, Escobar was one of the better catch-and-throw guys on this year's international market. Escobar will stick behind the plate long term and could be a plus defensively once he reaches his peak. Escobar has strength in his bat and can put on batting practice displays, but his approach and feel for the barrel lag behind and will need to develop for his power to translate to game situations.

47. Manuel Joseph – Outfielder
Moved from shortstop to center field in 2013, Joseph came alive at the plate, popping 15 doubles, two triples and three home runs in 61 games, while stealing 24 bases in 29 attempts. The 19-year old Joseph is an excellent athlete with a good feel for the game. His plus speed helps him cover ground in center field and gives him chance to contribute up the middle. Offensively, Joseph needs to develop a more consistent approach, but his natural ability gives him a chance for success.

46. James Robbins – First Baseman
Originally slated to be a two-way player (1B and LHP) at Washington State, the Tigers bought Robbins out of his college commitment with a $235,000 signing bonus as a 30th round pick in 2009. Robbins had some struggles in his first exposure to advanced pitching at Double-A in 2013, but he still has enough raw power in his bat to keep scouts and front office types interested in his progress.

45. Cal Drummond – Right-Handed Pitcher
A $60,000 bargain in the sixth round this summer, Drummond signed quickly and made 23 appearances for Low-A West Michigan down the stretch. In 40-1/3 innings, Drummond posted a 2.23 ERA and 47 strikeouts while allowing just 23 hits. Scouts reported seeing Drummond up to 98 mph out of the bullpen and his slider showed plus on occasion. He mixes in a curveball and changeup as well, but neither is a reliable pitch. Drummond's hard fastball and attacking style give him a chance to pitch in the late innings.

44. Tyler Gibson – Outfielder
Still just 20-years old and through three professional seasons, Gibson posted the best line (.203/.313/.290) of his career with short-season Connecticut. In 45 games the ultra-toolsy Gibson knocked three doubles, three triples and one home run despite striking out 64 times. Gibson offers an impressive physical package along with tremendous athleticism, good raw power, plus speed and the potential for quality center field defense. The big question with Gibson will be how much he hits, and the answer to that question will determine his fate.

43. Kasey Coffman – Outfielder
On a weak offensive club in Connecticut, Coffman stood out with his .256/.332/.332 line that included ten doubles and 13 stolen bases. He has a solid approach and a line-drive swing that can spray the ball to fall fields with doubles power. His defense in the outfield rates very well and he can handle all three spots when asked. He has enough arm to help in right field at times but fits better in center and left field. Coffman profiles as a solid fourth outfielder.

42. Brenny Paulino – Right-Handed Pitcher
The ultimate wild card in the Tigers system, Paulino hasn't seen the mound in game action since 2011 when he posted a 2.36 ERA as an 18-year old in the Gulf Coast League. A lean, lanky right-hander, Paulino could pump fastballs in the 93-95 mph range and reach 98 mph before his shoulder surgery. His curveball and changeup both required work but showed occasional promise. At this point it is anyone's guess as to what Paulino will become, but it is impossible to give up on him until he steps back on the mound and shows his current stuff.

41. Wilsen Palacios – Right-Handed Pitcher
Palacios was slated to become a six-year minor league free agent following this season, but the Tigers made a quick move and re-signed him to another deal to keep him in the fold. Working as a starter in the Florida State League in 2013, Palacios managed a 3.07 ERA while allowing less than a hit per inning and striking out over seven per frame. Palacios doesn't wow with monster stuff, but his low-90s fastball, good angle and quality curveball give him a chance to pitch in relief.


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