TigsTown Midseason Top 50: 20-11

It's come down to this, just picks away from the top rankings in the entire organization. Who fell just outside the top 20? The rankings for 20 down through 11 are inside.

#20 – Ramon Garcia – Starting Pitcher
Garcia has been slowed by arm trouble the last 12 months, but the potential is still there to have a nice lefty prospect. If he can come back strong as the summer goes on, he should hold his spot in the rankings heading into the off-season.

#19 – Ryan Strieby – First Base
This is what Ryan Strieby is capable of; absolutely mashing the ball around any park he plays in. Last year's stint in Oneonta was certainly not indicative of the big first baseman's talent – this year however, is showing his true potential.

#18 – Burke Badenhop – Starting Pitcher
His effectiveness has wavered of late, but overall he's been a solid pitcher for the Flying Tigers. He's never going to ‘Wow' scouts or passersby, but he has been nothing but effective in his pro career.

#17 – Matt Rusch – Relief Pitcher
An unheralded, undrafted free agent, Rusch has quietly put together a great run of relief work. Getting all the way to AA-Erie this season, Matt is in line to compete for some likely openings in the Detroit bullpen next season.

#16 – Yorman Bazardo – Pitcher
Bazardo has solid potential in any role – as a reliever or starter – and that flexibility could earn him a permanent spot on Detroit's roster sooner, rather than later. He works with a nice arsenal and a burning desire to succeed.

#15 – Matt Joyce – Outfielder
The leap to AA was a surprise this spring, and he looked overmatched early. He's started to settle in and he is looking more and more like he belongs in the advanced league. Tons of offensive potential and a cannon arm make an interesting outfield prospect.

#14 – Alexis Espinoza – Outfielder
Despite missing significant time early in the 2007 VSL campaign, Espinoza has impressed those that have seen him play. His power potential is beginning to emerge in games, and his attitude is improving.

#13 – Jordan Tata – Pitcher
A loss of velocity late last season, a bum shoulder this spring, and questions about his future role, have Tata falling in the rankings. He still has the ability to contribute at the next level, but he needs to show something positive soon.

#12 – Scott Sizemore – Second Base
Sizemore hasn't had the season he – or anyone – was hoping for, but the potential is still blatantly obvious. He's an offensive-minded second baseman with solid glove skills. There's no way this kid won't pick up in the second half.

#11 – Virgil Vasquez – Starting Pitcher
Vasquez pitched so well early he earned a spot start with Jeremy Bonderman on the DL. While that didn't go too well, Vasquez has the stuff to help the back of a Major League rotation, and I expect him to do just that sometime next year.

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