2015 TigsTown Midseason Top 50: Top Ten v2

TigsTown released its annual Midseason Top 50 in early July, culminating with the top ten prospects in the organization. However, with the recent trades, things have been shaken up in the prospect ranks, as the Tigers have added some high-quality minor league talent. Where do the new members of the org slot in among the top prospects? TigsTown revises its top ten.

1. Daniel Norris (LHP)Scouting Report
Acquired as the headline prospect in the David Price trade, Norris offers a broad arsenal highlighted by a potentially dominating fastball-slider combination. If things come together, Norris could be a high quality number three starter.

2. Michael Fulmer (RHP)Scouting Report
The most recent top prospect added to the system, Fulmer has begun to put things together over the last two years in the Mets system. Blessed with a low- to mid-90s fastball and potential plus slider, Fulmer has mid-rotation potential and an ability to miss bats that should translate to the big leagues.

3. Beau Burrows (RHP)Scouting Report
The club’s top pick in June, Burrows is another potential mid-rotation starting pitcher, but he has a much longer developmental path ahead of him. Burrows has gotten off to a quick start in the GCL and his fastball and breaking ball could both carry him to long-term success.

4. Derek Hill (OF)Scouting Report
Though Hill’s stat line has not inspired much confidence with West Michigan this year, scouts have not given up on the club’s top position player prospect. A gifted runner and defender, Hill’s makeup is off the charts and plenty of scouts believe that will allow him to capitalize on his natural hitting ability to become a first-division player.

5. Steven Moya (OF)Scouting Report
Arguably the most divisive prospect in the Tigers system, Moya has some of the game’s most impressive raw power, allowing him to blast balls out of any park on the planet. Moya needs to improve his plate discipline and ability to make contact to utilize his power, but if he does, he could be a monster player.

6. Matt Boyd (LHP)Scouting Report
The second quality left-hander added as part of the David Price deal with Toronto, Boyd lacks Norris’ raw ceiling, but he brings plenty of big league potential to the table. Armed with an ability to throw strikes with his entire arsenal and an intense competitive streak, Boyd should be a back of the rotation starter in short order.

7. Dixon Machado (SS)Scouting Report
Machado finally began to put things together last summer when his bat woke up after a promotion to Double-A Erie. He has continued that trend this season with enough consistent offense to round out his glove-first profile and give him a legitimate chance to contribute at the Major League level.

8. Christin Stewart (OF)Scouting Report
Acquired with the supplemental first round pick the Tigers received after losing Max Scherzer, Stewart offers enticing power from a left field profile. His approach needs some work, but he makes enough contact that most scouts believe his power will play in games at the highest level.

9. JaCoby Jones (SS)Scouting Report
Entering the Tigers system as the return for flipping closer Joakim Soria, Jones is an impressive athlete that has the potential for decent tools across the board. His glove likely won’t play at shortstop long term, but he can hang at second base and center field, and the pop in his bat allows him to profile as a potential utility player.

10. Jairo Labourt (LHP)Scouting Report
The last of the three left-handers arriving from Toronto, Labourt sits in the low-90s and can reach 95-96 mph on occasion. His slider has above-average to plus potential, though the changeup and command lag behind, leaving most scouts projecting him as a quality late inning reliever.

Honorable Mention: Tyler Alexander (LHP), Luis Cessa (RHP), Joe Jimenez (RHP), Zach Shepherd (INF), Spencer Turnbull (RHP)


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