50. Jimmy Mojica – Outfielder
One of the Tigers more intriguing J2 signings in 2016, Mojica has the potential to become one of their next premier prospects. Physically, Mojica is already a well-built kid, standing 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds already and bloodlines that suggest he should be plenty strong at the end of the day. Though he runs well now, right field may be a better fit for the youngster, where his power potential could fit nicely. Mojica is light years away from the big leagues, but is a talented player with rare power potential in today’s game.
49. Christhian Tortosa – Left-Handed Pitcher
With the demise of the Tigers Venezuelan affiliate and the subsequent ripple effects across their Dominican and GCL affiliates, Tortosa was pushed aggressively to the US as a 17-year old making his professional debut. A long, lean athlete, Tortosa’s arm action is extremely loose and easy, giving rise to the believe that his present 90-91 mph velocity could spike to much higher levels down the line. Tortosa must improve his ability to spin the breaking ball, but at such an early stage of his development, his potential is intriguing.
48. Wenceel Perez – Shortstop
Another of the Tigers J2 signings this year, Perez is arguably one of their more high profile acquisitions from this year’s class. With a wiry, classic middle infield body, Perez is a fast twitch athlete that gets down the line with plus run times, giving him a very strong chance to stick at shortstop. Perez’s bat and arm strength both show potential to develop into plus tools down the line, and his excellent instincts at such a young age gives his broad tool set a chance to play up. Despite being just 16-years old, Perez is the type of player that could shoot up rankings in short order as he begins to perform against professional competition.
47. Juan Ramirez – Outfielder
An unheralded amateur prospect, Ramirez used his excellent feel for the strike zone and ability to recognize spin to his advantage as he terrorized inexperience DSL pitchers in 2016. Despite his relatively small stature, Ramirez displays quality bat speed and can barrel pitches he identifies as worth attacking. Defensively, he shows solid instincts and the ability to make plays in all directions, despite fringe-average speed. With a plus arm, Ramirez could handle a move to right field provided the bat holds up as he faces more advanced competition.
46. Jack O’Loughlin – Left-Handed Pitcher
The first of three signings out of Australia, O’Loughlin is still just 16-years old and will not come stateside for his first true professional experience until he finishes high school. Even at his young age, O’Loughlin looks the part of a future legitimate prospect, offering good size and projectable body that should mature into an imposing figure on the mound. His fastball currently sits in the mid to upper-80s with improving command and he can flash both a quality breaking ball and changeup. O’Loughlin is going to take time to develop, but his ceiling is such that he warrants early attention and could become a very promising prospect down the line.
45. Jason Foley – Right-Handed Pitcher
Signed as a non-drafted free agent last summer after just eleven innings in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, Foley shows velocity in the 93-94 mph range while touching 96-97 mph in bursts. His splitter can be a dynamic second offering that plays well with his fastball to help miss bats and induce weak contact on the ground. With a breaking ball that lags significantly behind, Foley projects as a big, strong reliever that could move quickly through the system once he acclimates to pro ball.
44. Kevin Ziomek – Left-Handed Pitcher
Entering the 2016 season, Ziomek had a chance to step forward as the polish college lefty that many saw when he was drafted out of Vanderbilt. Instead, Ziomek went under the knife to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. When combined with his past mediocre performance and middling overall arsenal, Ziomek’s future is now in question with most scouts. When right, Ziomek has the four-pitch arsenal and good enough command to pitch as a fourth or fifth starter at the big league level. Even with uncertain health, Ziomek remains an intriguing arm and could quickly regain prospect value once healthy.
43. Dominic Ficociello – First Baseman
A brilliant defensive first baseman, Ficociello offers some defensive versatility with an ability to hang at third base and second base when asked, and he has begun to work on the outfield corners. Defensive versatility gives Ficociello a chance at a big league career, provided his pretty swing can translate into more hits, and more importantly more extra-base hits. Ficociello lacks the offensive upside to be even a second division starter at first base, but with a big league opportunity, he has a chance to carve out an interesting role as a reserve player with an excellent glove, unique defensive versatility, and some offensive potential.
42. Francisco German – Right-Handed Pitcher
Coming back from an injury that derailed his 2015 stateside debut, German’s workload was limited in 2016, but he performed well bouncing between the GCL East and West rosters for 35 innings; limiting hits and striking out more than a batter per inning. At times during the season, German flashed the mid-90s gas that made him a rising prospect in 2015, and as his command returns post-injury, German’s stock could soar. Scouts remain mixed on his future in the rotation, but even as a relief arm, German’s arm strength and aggressive approach on the mound could make him an asset.
41. Randel Alcantara – Third Baseman
After hitting just .188 in 42 games this summer for the GCL Tigers, it may seem odd to see Alcantara’s prospect stock rise slightly. Despite the low batting average, Alcantara displayed plus power potential, some ingredients necessary to stick at the hot corner, and enough feel for contact to suggest there’s a high upside despite the incredible risk. Alcantara remains a very raw player requiring development in every phase of his game, most notably his ability to recognize pitches and control the strike zone, but his ceiling is considerable and worthy of praise in a thin system like the Tigers.null