TigsTown Midseason Top 50: 50-41

The draft has passed, now it's time to re-examine the top 50 prospects in the entire organization. Counting down the top 50 starting with #50, each day TigsTown will release the next ten, ending with the top ten prospects on Friday. Who came in at 50-41? Find out inside.

#50 – Angel Castro – Starting Pitcher
Visa issues kept the hard-throwing right-hander from debuting at a higher level in 2006, but Castro's been excellent since opening the season with West Michigan. He's a bit old for the Midwest League, but the talent and poise are there to move quickly.

#49 – Joseph Bowen – Catcher
Bowen was impressive in spring training, and almost broke camp with a full-season club. He'll be getting underway in the short-season leagues soon, and both his defense and offense should establish him as one of the organization's better backstop prospects.

#48 – Erik Averill – Starting Pitcher
Tommy John surgery prior to the season will cause the crafty lefty to miss the entire season. His ranking slides as a result of the injury, but a strong return in 2008 could see him climbing the charts again.

#47 – Michael Hernandez – Outfielder
Hernandez's offensive prowess as a pro has forced him onto prospect lists. If he can continue to hit at higher levels, he will mask his defensive shortcomings. He's got the potential to hit at the highest level, consistency will be the key.

#46 – Ian Ostlund – Relief Pitcher
A surprise entrant into the Top 50, Ostlund has done nothing but produce as a lefty-specialist, no matter where he has pitched. He's got enough zip on his fastball, and a hammer curve; the combination of which should be enough to keep him moving towards ‘The Show.'

#45 – Jean Herrera – Relief Pitcher
Herrera just keeps on getting outs in the DSL, and simply awaits his chance at a stateside gig. He definitely has the raw arm strength and promising off-speed stuff to make an impact in American baseball.

#44 – Kelvin Cedano – Pitcher
Cedano has been dominant in two DSL seasons, and expects to continue that trend in the GCL in 2007. Behind a power fastball with solid sinking action, Cedano should provide quality innings in any role.

#43 – Londell Taylor – Outfielder
One of the most freakishly athletic players in the system, the Tigers pried Taylor away from a football career at Oklahoma University. Taylor will have to make the transition from shortstop to the outfield, and he could take some time to develop, but he has loads of potential.

#42 – Hayden Parrott – Infielder
Parrott's bat will have to carry him, as the organization tries to figure out what position he profiles best in. He can play second and third with some measure of success, but he needs work at both spots. Can you say a young Ryan Raburn?

#41 – Justin Justice – Outfielder
Justice's tools have finally begun to come to life on the field, as he routinely mashes the ball around the yard. His numbers in 2006 were masked by his home park, but the early returns in 2007 show that he may become a force on the prospect radar.


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