TigsTown Top 50: 50-41

The time has come - TigsTown releases its Top 50 prospects for 2007. Over the next week, TigsTown will release the top 50 prospects in the entire organization, counting down from 50 all the way to the team's top prospect. Monday, we look at 50-41.

50. Luis Marte – Right-handed Pitcher
After absolutely dominating the DSL in 2006, Marte made his stateside debut with the GCL Tigers before a rapid ascent to West Michigan to close the season. With the ‘Caps, Marte worked primarily out of the bullpen with mixed results. His command lags behind the power of his arm, but he should improve that in time.

49. Jon Kibler – Left-handed Pitcher
Kibler was an excellent find by the Tiger scouting staff. After posting solid numbers at Michigan State, the organization took a gamble on him and tracked him this summer in a collegiate league. His jump in velocity and shear dominance was enough to convince the Tigers he was worth the gamble. He's a projectable lefty who has a chance to move quickly through the system.

48. Brandon Johnson – Right-handed Pitcher
Johnson joined the Tigers as a draft and follow candidate out of Butler Community College, this summer. After a successful debut in the Gulf Coast League, Brandon took his promising arsenal to Oneonta for three appearances. His arsenal has plenty of room for projections, and he could be come another in a long line of outstanding pitching prospects.

47. PJ Finigan – Right-handed Pitcher
Finigan missed much of the '07 campaign after undergoing surgery on his pitching arm. Despite the injury, Finigan's fastball-slider combo has enough promise to warrant his inclusion in the top fifty. If PJ can return to health in time for the '08 season, he could start pushing for a call-up to Detroit.

46. Guillermo Moscoso – Right-handed Pitcher
Moscoso's highlight this season was his perfect game for Oneonta, but that's not all he has going for him. With arm strength to spare, Guillermo could begin to move quickly after a dominating season. His future may lie in the bullpen, but for now, expect to see him working in a rotation.

45. Randor Bierd – Right-handed Pitcher
Bierd's move to the bullpen at Erie this season, proved to be an excellent move for his productivity. His fastball gained some velocity and his command was less of an issue working in shorter stints as a reliever. Bierd has the potential to become a solid relief option down the line.

44. Jeramy Laster – Outfielder
Laster exploded this season, demonstrating that he could transfer his tremendous tools to the field. Despite plenty of strikeouts, Laster's power and all around baseball abilities are for real. The Tigers sent him to the Hawaii Winter League for additional work that could lead to him being a force in the Lakeland lineup in 2008.

43. Brendan Wise – Right-handed Pitcher
While he has yet to develop into the dominating pitcher many thought he could become, Wise has continued to make solid progress in nearly all facets of his game. The move to the bullpen this year helped his velocity gain a tick or two, and while his command can still waver, he has become much more consistent.

42. Edward Reynoso – Right-handed Pitcher
Reynoso absolutely dominated the Dominican Summer League, suppressing offense to levels unimaginable. He doesn't have the dominating raw stuff that his numbers may suggest, but he does have room for projection which leads to plenty of optimism for his future.

41. Darlin Duran – Left-handed Pitcher
He may be small in stature, but his performance has been huge to date. Since signing, Duran has posted excellent numbers, while sporting an above-average fastball and two promising breaking pitches. His success will ultimately rely on his ability to remain healthy given his small frame, but the early returns look very intriguing.


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