2015 TigsTown Midseason Top 50: 50-31

The halfway point of the season is here, which means it's time for TigsTown to update its Top 50 prospect rankings. Who checks in among the back half of the top 50? See those ranked 50-31!

#50 – Adam Ravanelle – Right-Handed Pitcher
A high pick in 2014, Ravanelle has experienced an up-and-down year this year, experiencing injury and a regression in raw stuff. Without the potential for a mid-90s fastball in a relief role, Ravanelle’s prospect stock could continue to tumble heading into the off-season.

#49 – Franklin Navarro – Catcher
Navarro’s development has taken time and while the numbers don’t jump off the page, he still flashes the tools that made him a highly ranked prospect. A switch-hitting catcher with raw pop and solid defensive potential, Navarro could be a high-end prospect if he can pull his tools together.

#48 – Elys Escobar – Catcher
Another high ceiling catcher, Escobar has yet to make his Stateside debut, but that hasn’t stopped him from popping up on the prospect radar. Blessed with a rocket arm behind the plate, Escobar also has solid defensive skills that could allow him to develop into a plus defender; combine with his impressive raw power, and Escobar certainly intrigues.

#47 – Hector Martinez – Shortstop
One of the Tigers recent bonus babies on the international market, Martinez is a multi-tooled prospect that could impact the game on both sides of the ball. With the raw ingredients to be a solid defender up the middle, Martinez could really make his name at the plate, offering hitting ability, gap power, and some speed.

#46 – Eduardo Jimenez – Right-Handed Pitcher
Sidelined so far this season due to 2014 Tommy John surgery, Jimenez could be a high riser in the prospect rankings if he stuff returns to pre-injury form. Prior to going on the shelf, Jimenez offered a fastball in the 94-96 mph range and a promising breaking ball, giving him a strong foundation from which to build.

#45 – Carlos Lara – Right-Handed Pitcher
A bit of a pop-up prospect in 2014, Lara can continue to make strides with another strong season at the short-season level. Lara has a solid fastball that could still play higher, and he shows the makings of solid secondary offerings and a chance to stick in the rotation.

#44 – Connor Harrell – Outfielder
Though he lacks a high ceiling, Harrell has some big league potential as a bench outfielder. He has the ability to play center field on occasion, but fits better on a corner with a strong arm and average speed. When he connect, the ball can jump off his bat, but he lacks the bat-to-ball ability to play beyond a fourth or fifth outfielder.

#43 – Randel Alcantara – Third Baseman
A prospect with offensive potential in the Dominican, Alcantara has raw thump that could lead to strong home run numbers and plenty of doubles, and he has begun to show improved contact ability with a chance for his offensive tools to play. How his glove develops at third base will determine how valuable his bat will be, but Alcantara has potential to rise up lists in the near future.

#42 – Gabe Speier – Left-Handed Pitcher
The lesser known piece in the deal that sent Rick Porcello to Boston and brought Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit, Speier has impressed with a low-90s fastball that can reach 95 mph from the left side. Though the Tigers are working him in relief right now, there are scouts that believe he could start thanks to the promise his secondary pitches flash.

#41 – Josh Lester – Third Baseman
A new addition to the Tigers system, Lester has offensive potential in terms of both his approach, ability to make consistent contact, and ability to drive the ball to all fields with authority. Pro scouts are quickly questioning his defensive home, but Lester’s bat could make him a viable prospect.

#40 – Gerson Moreno – Right-Handed Pitcher
Moreno could fly up this list over the next several months, despite his pure relief projection. Reaching as high as 98 mph with his fastball this spring, Moreno has an aggressive approach on the mound that allows him to attack hitters with his best stuff day-in and day-out.

#39 – Wynton Bernard – Outfielder
In a surprise move the Tigers added Bernard to the 40-man roster last winter and pushed him to Double-A to start the season. Bernard has potential as a fourth outfielder thanks to his above-average speed, all-out style of play, and solid defense in center field. Scouts question his ability to hit consistently and he lacks the power to drive the ball against MLB arms.

#38 – Montreal Robertson – Right-Handed Pitcher
Robertson has been bouncing around the prospect radar for the last several years thanks to his mid-90s gas that runs as high as 97-98 mph at his best, and a decent slider that can occasionally flash as a quality second pitch. Robertson remains raw and may never figure out where everything is going and how to get advanced hitters out, but his raw stuff remains impressive.

#37 – Jose Azocar – Outfielder
Last year’s breakout Venezuelan prospect, Azocar is a well-rounded player that can play a solid center field with speed and a strong throwing arm. His glove should play up the middle long term, and that gives his offensive potential a chance to catch up and make him a legitimate prospect.

#36 – Confesor Lara – Right-Handed Pitcher
A converted outfielder, Lara is a pure arm strength reliever with a mid-90s fastball that has been clocked as high as 97 mph this season. He shows a slider that some scouts occasionally rate as high as a 6 on the 2-8 scouting scale. Lara only has a relief projection, but it’s not hard to envision him in high leverage situations as he continues to develop.

#35 – Artie Lewicki – Right-Handed Pitcher
An underrated senior sign out of Virginia in 2014, Lewicki battled some minor injuries this season and is currently trying to work his way back to develop as a starting pitcher. There are scouts that believe his stuff could play up in shorter bursts and that could allow him to move quickly through the system.

#34 – Austin Kubitza – Right-Handed Pitcher
The owner of a below-average fastball, Kubitza gets by on the quality of his slider and changeup, as well as his ability to pound the strike zone. Most scouts believe Kubitza may max out as a middle reliever at the highest level, but there are still some scouts that see a back-end starter.

#33 – Johan Belisario – Right-Handed Pitcher
Following a ridiculous statistical season in the New York-Penn League in 2014, Belisario has backed that up with another strong season with West Michigan this summer. His fastball reaches 93-94 mph on most days but could still find an extra gear, and his breaking ball can be filthy when he has it going. Belisario has a seventh inning projection but could still improve that OFP over the next season or two.

#32 – Ross Kivett – Outfielder
Kivett’s prospect stock is tied to the sum of his solid parts rather than any individual standout tool. He runs well but won’t be an impact player on the base paths and he may not be able to play center field as he moves up the ladder. His ability to make contact and get the ball into the gaps for doubles gives him some potential as a versatile extra outfielder.

#31 – Daniel Fields – Outfielder
After a blazing hot start Fields has come back to earth in a big way over the last several weeks, and the talk of his Major League potential is falling on deaf ears. Fields is still a good defender in center field but his inability to hit consistently limits his ceiling and relegates him to fourth outfielder potential.


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