2014 TigsTown Midseason Top 50: 50-31

Twice a year, TigsTown releases its updated rankings of the top 50 prospects in the organization - and that time has come, as TigsTown begins its release of its midseason Top 50. Which prospects made it into the back part of the top 50? Find out inside!

#50 – Kyle Ryan – Left-Handed Pitcher
Short on stuff but full of pitchability and guile, Ryan could be a left-on-left reliever at the highest level.

#49 – Zach Shepherd – Shortstop
Still light years from the big leagues, Shepherd is a bat first prospect with the potential to hit for average and some power, though his defensive home is up in the air.

#48 – Artie Lewicki – Right-Handed Pitcher
One of the stars of Virginia’s College World Series run, Lewicki could be a steal as a senior sign from this year’s draft class.

#47 – Hector Martinez – Shortstop
Scouts have been speaking highly of Martinez’s debut in the Dominican Summer League, and high dollar signing from last year’s class could be sliding up rankings.

#46 – Will Clinard – Right-Handed Pitcher
Clinard has not pitched this year due to a nerve problem in his right arm. He still has the potential to be a quality big league reliever if he can demonstrate health.

#45 – Tyler Gibson – Outfielder
One of the toolsiest prospects in the Tigers system, Gibson has everything necessary to be an impact prospect, if he can just improve his feel for the game.

#44 – Montreal Robertson – Right-Handed Pitcher
Robertson has lacked consistency throughout his career and his stuff has stepped back some at times this year; bringing his potential into question.

#43 – Jose Ortega – Right-Handed Pitcher
Owning a power arm and occasionally devastating slider, Ortega could still lock down the seventh inning in Detroit, if he can throw enough strikes.

#42 – Buck Farmer – Right-Handed Pitcher
Farmer’s bulldog mentality on the mound helps his raw stuff play up and gives him a chance to log innings at the back of a big league rotation.

#41 – Brenny Paulino – Right-Handed Pitcher
Finally back on the mound after two lost seasons, Paulino still has the high-90s gas but has even less of a clue where it’s going than he did before injury.

#40 – Connor Harrell – Outfielder
Harrell has an abundance of tools, but lacks the one tool necessary to carry him to an everyday MLB role, with a hit tool that comes up far short of average.

#39 – Cal Drummond – Right-Handed Pitcher
An older prospect with power stuff, Drummond has moved quickly since last year’s draft and could reach Detroit in the 6th or 7th inning late next season.

#38 – Ross Kivett – Outfielder
Kivett’s tools won’t blow anyone away but he is a grinder that gets the most out of fringy to average skills and could have an extended professional career.

#37 – Austin Schotts – Outfielder
While he still stands out for his speed and defensive potential, Schotts’ bat lacks playable potential and could prevent him from reaching his ceiling.

#36 – Ben Verlander – Outfielder
Verlander has struggled to make a quick transition to playing the outfield full time and while his raw tools excite, he remains a long shot to put things together.

#35 – Casey Crosby – Left-Handed Pitcher
The star is definitely fading for the one-time top prospect, as Crosby’s stuff continues to back up and the command continues to lag, leaving him with nominal potential.

#34 – Franklin Navarro – Catcher
Navarro’s path to the big leagues will be long because both sides of his game have to develop, but he has impressive two-way potential behind the dish.

#33 – Dixon Machado – Shortstop
Still one of the best defenders in the organization, Machado’s bat has shown enough signs of life this summer, that he may have cemented his future as a utility infielder.

#32 – Jeff Thompson – Right-Handed Pitcher
Off the mound due to injury, Thompson has yet to go under the knife, which keeps him on the prospect radar for now. He will need some positive signs in his development to keep from falling as we head to the off-season.

#31 – Anthony Castro – Right-Handed Pitcher
Castro has developed nicely as he makes his stateside debut, including improved feel for his craft, to go along with very impressive raw stuff.


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