TigsTown Midseason Top 50: 50-41

The time has come; this week, TigsTown will release its Midseason Top 50, ranking the players from #50 all the way down to the top prospect in the organization. Today, we take a look at players ranked 50 through 41.

50. Adrian Casanova - Catcher
Casanova hasn't signed yet, but should be joining the Tigers shortly. He is superb defensively, and as strong as an ox. He needs significant work at the plate, but if he can hit a little, he'll be a big league backup without too much trouble.

49. Corey Hamman – Relief Pitcher
You'd be hard pressed to find too many people who actually know who Corey is. All Hamman has done since joining the Tigers, is get outs; and he continues to do that same thing at impressive rates in AAA. The fact that he throws hard and with his left hand should give him plenty of chances.

48. Cristhian Martinez – Starting Pitcher
Martinez climbs back into the Top 50 despite some minor trouble returning from Tommy John surgery. He still has the poise and command that should allow him to be successful; he'll just need to remain healthy and strong. Martinez has a small window to move quickly, but with the plethora of pitchers in the system, that window could close rapidly.

47. Juan Francia – Infielder
We shouldn't completely give up on him, despite his struggles at Erie. His speed and defense will continue to earn him chances, but he'll have to start hitting again soon to get any chance. The fact that he's reached the six-year free agency point of his career means he could be gone quickly.

46. Ramon Garcia – Starting Pitcher
Garcia is fulfilling the high expectations placed on him when he skipped Oneonta, and as a result, he is flying up prospect lists. He doesn't have the raw stuff to suggest this tear will continue, but he could be that outlier that never slows down.

45. Jack Hannahan – Third Base
His Major League debut was certainly less than stellar, but he's back to hitting in AAA. He has always had the ability to control the zone and make contact, and this year he is starting to show some power. Combine that with his new found defensive versatility, and he may still make the Majors for good.

44. Lauren Gagnier – Pitcher
Gagnier should join the organization soon now that the collegiate season is coming to a close. He doesn't project as a top-notch starter, but should eat plenty of innings, and could surprise if given the right opportunities. He's a solid guy to have around, and if he can somehow gain some velocity, he could climb the list.

43. Randor Bierd – Starting Pitcher
Despite some concerns over the health of his arm, Bierd is back on the mound at Oneonta. He still has an extremely high ceiling, but the injury issues have delayed progress on his secondary offerings; something he could not afford to have happen. He needs to make progress quickly or else he could get jumped by many other youngsters.

42. Alfredo Figaro – Pitcher
Alfredo was electric in the Dominican Summer League last season, finishing as easily the most dominant pitcher on the team. He has a plus fastball and good control for someone his age. He could soar up this list if his stateside inauguration goes well. It would also help his cause to be moved back to the rotation.

41. Virgil Vasquez – Starting Pitcher
Vasquez just keeps on trucking. He gets outs, but doesn't ‘Wow' anyone along the way. His stuff is fringe-average, but his makeup and intelligence are off the charts. He should continue to succeed on guile and grit for the foreseeable future, but he'll need an outstanding run to get a chance above AA.


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