TigsTown Midseason Top 50: 50-41

The time has come - with the draft now behind us, TigsTown debuts its Midseason Top 50. Counting down from 50, TigsTown will release the top 50 prospects in the organization.

50. Matt Rusch – Right-handed Pitcher
Minor league relievers come in all forms and types, and Matt Rusch is a guy that just keeps getting the job done. He's got solid stuff across the board and an ability to set up hitters. If his command takes a step forward, he could make the jump to Detroit and become a viable bullpen option at the highest level.

49. Max Leon – Second Baseman
Leon has steadily improved since signing as a draft-and-follow player in 2005. Settling in at second base this year at Erie (and now in Toledo), Leon has displayed an excellent glove with good range and a solid arm. His ability to make contact and draw walks are the highlights of his offensive package, and he could profile as a player similar to Placido Polanco.

48. Luis Sanz - Catcher
A very good defender now, Sanz will have to keep his lower half from getting to think if he is to remain an asset behind the dish. He has a strong arm with good athleticism and footwork, and he creates a good rapport with his pitchers very quickly. There were questions surrounding his bat entering his debut season, but he's shown increased raw power, good contact ability, and a solid understanding of the strike zone.

47. Londell Taylor - Outfielder
One of the organization's most impressive athletes, Taylor is the definition of a high ceiling player that must learn the game of baseball. A former top-flight Oklahoma football recruit, Taylor combines a great physique with blazing speed and very good raw strength. If Taylor can begin to translate raw tools to the field now that he's focusing on baseball, he could become a wonderful player.

46. Ben Guez - Outfielder
Guez just joined the organization and made an impact right away with a pinch-hit home run at the very beginning of the season. Guez has a wealth of offensive skills, all of which grade out as average or better, including an uncanny knack for getting on base. He has an exceptional first step in the outfield, which helps make up for average speed in center field.

45. Chao-Ting Tang - Outfielder
The Tigers first foray into the Asian amateur market has produced a multi-tooled outfielder with intriguing potential. With above-average speed and instincts in the outfield, along with a strong arm, he has the makings of a top flight defender at any outfield position. There are some questions about how his bat will play in the US, but an acute sense for the game could help him adapt quickly.

44. Brandon Douglas - Shortstop
While Douglas' ultimate position may still be up in the air, what he brings to the plate is pretty well defined. A player with good contact ability, solid pop, and an ability to wait for a pitch he can handle, Brandon has the makings of a nice all-around offensive package. His arm, range, and hands are all average, and could play at shortstop, second base, or third base.

43. Alexander Nunez – Infielder
Nunez has supreme defensive abilities that could play on either side of second base, with a great first step, excellent instincts, and a very strong arm. He has a knack for consistent contact, though his strike zone could use some refinement. Alexander should hit for average at nearly any stop, but there are doubts about any future power.

42. Noah Krol – Right-handed Pitcher
Krol hasn't had tons of opportunities to close for a West Michigan team that seems to be feast or famine on offense. He has the fastball-slider combo that works well at the end of games, and his bulldog approach makes him a menacing pitcher on the mound. With some added polish, he could become a nice setup option at the next level.

41. Manny Miguelez – Left-handed Pitcher
There are always some players who could be poised to go flying up the rankings, and Miguelez may be that guy throughout the remainder of this season. Blessed with excellent stuff and outstanding intelligence, Manny must just gain consistency and command to take the next step in his development.


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