TigsTown Midseason Top 50: 40-31

Moving on down as TigsTown counts its way down to the top prospect in the organization, take a look at those players squarely in the top 50, but weren't quite able to crack the top 30.

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#40 – Lester Oliveros – Relief Pitcher
The most dominating reliever on the Tigers VSL squad, Oliveros has been nearly unhittable. Powered by a solid arsenal and tremendous command for a young pitcher, he has continually baffled his inexperienced opponents in South America.

#39 – Ronnie Bourquin – Third Base
There were many Bourquin skeptics after last year's draft, and the early 2007 results at Lakeland demonstrate why that was so. He needs to make strides at the plate and in the field, and his prospect star needs some serious polishing.

#38 – Kody Kaiser – Outfielder
Don't let the size fool you with this five-tool outfielder. Kaiser can hit with the best of them, and he can go get it in the outfield. I'm thinking a Kelly Johnson type player here.

#37 – PJ Finigan – Relief Pitcher
Finigan's filthy slider has made a comeback, and so has his success. He has enough velocity to make the slider that much more effective, and he's quickly learning how to pitch after years of splitting his time between the mound and the field.

#36 – Luis Marte – Starting Pitcher
Marte's '07 debut has been long awaited, and I doubt he'll disappoint this season. He's got the stuff of a bigger pitcher, but he certainly knows how to use it, blowing fastballs by hitters and keeping them off balance with his off-speed offerings.

#35 – Sendy Vasquez – Starting Pitcher
Despite the steroid suspension, Vasquez still has the talent to contribute further up the ladder. He'll have to come back strong and prove his early troubles were a fluke, or he could begin to fall out of favor with the organization.

#34 – Duane Below – Starting Pitcher
In dire need of serious adjustments after draft-day last year, Below made huge strides quicker than anyone could have imagined. He has been one of the Midwest League's best lefties in the early going, and has drawn plenty of interest throughout the organization.

#33 – Audy Ciriaco – Shortstop
After two middling years in the GCL, Ciriaco finally gets the full-season challenge. While the numbers aren't pretty, you can't argue with the talent. Just ask a few Midwest League managers who have been "Wowed" by his raw power and athleticism.

#32 – Clete Thomas – Outfielder
Clete just keeps doing what Clete does best. He hits a little bit, gets on base a little bit, runs around like a mad man, and generally leaves every ounce of effort on the field. He needs to become a more polished and complete offensive player, but he's getting there slowly.

#31 – Jonah Nickerson – Starting Pitcher
Nickerson's debut has yet to go smoothly, but he's shown flashes of the brilliance that helped Oregon State to the 2006 CWS title. His velocity has been fluctuating wildly, and if he can gain consistency there, he could take off.


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