40. Luis Palacios - Infielder
Usually it's a little alarming when players this young profiles as a utility player, but Palacios' all-out style and scrappy mentality could make him a player to keep an eye on. With above-average contact skills and an ability to work counts, Palacios can make some things happen at the plate.
39. Justin Henry – Second Baseman
Despite a slow start to his second season, Henry is still a player that warrants attention in the system. His speed is his best tool, but he also understands the strike zone, has good hand-eye coordination, and is a student of the game. He's solid defensively at second base and he has enough arm to make strong throws on the pivot. Henry is another in a line of second base prospects the Tigers have found that won't ‘wow' anyone but get the job done.
38. Emmanuel Del Orbe – Right-handed Pitcher
Six-foot-three 17-year olds that throw a heavy fastball at 88-91 are nice to find when scouring Latin America. Del Orbe's fastball has excellent sinking action, leaving hitters to pound it in the dirt. His breaking ball needs refinement and should become more of a slider in time, but his change-up is exceptional with some sink and excellent arm speed. If he adds bulk as he matures, Del Orbe has a chance to become a very nice power pitcher.
37. Matt Hoffman – Left-handed Pitcher
Despite drawing Andy Pettitte comps from some scouts in the past, don't get your hopes up too high just yet. Hoffman can get his fastball up to about 92 mph, with a change-up that has plus potential. Matt has often shown feel for his curveball, but his command and ability to set hitters up lags behind significantly. Hoffman has the tools, but he's a project for now.
36. Brett Jacobson – Right-handed Pitcher
A 2008 draft pick out of Vanderbilt, Jacobson has potential to develop as either a starter or late inning reliever. As a starter, Brett bring low-90s velocity with a breaking ball and change that have above-average potential. In the bullpen, his fastball works in the mid-90s with a sharper breaking ball, along with a bit of a nasty streak. The Tigers are likely to give Jacobson a chance to start through the 2009 season, and hopefully they can get him to harness his stuff and succeed in the role.
35. Scott Green – Right-handed Pitcher
Another draft pick from just a few weeks ago, Green is a similar case to Jacobson. He could develop as a starter or reliever, and his velocity makes similar movements depending on role. His slider has plus potential and he's shown some feel for a change-up that could make him more effective against lefties. Green's command must be refined before he has a chance to take a step forward.
34. Chris Lambert – Right-handed Pitcher
Picked up as an afterthought in exchange for Mike Maroth, Lambert may be turning a corner in his development. While he still profiles better in the ‘pen, he's been successful enough as a starter this season to earn an extension on his time in the role. With a fastball that sits around ninety, and a plus-plus change-up, Lambert has enough stuff to make earn a shot in Detroit.
33. Ramon Garcia – Left-handed Pitcher
Finally healthy again, Garcia was excellent during a brief stay in West Michigan, and while he hasn't been quite as successful in Lakeland, he's still showing some of the same pre-injury stuff that got him noticed. Garcia has moxie and good stuff, and that recipe will get him an extended chance throughout the organization. If he can make the leap to Erie at some point, he'll have a real shot at Detroit.
32. Freddy Guzman - Outfielder
You can't teach speed, and Guzman has speed to burn. He can fly through the outfield, and blaze around the bases. His instincts need some work, but when you're as fast as he is, you can away with average instincts. His ability to work counts and draw walks has never really been a question, but he also has struggled to put the ball in play at times, and drive it with any power.
31. Avisail Garcia - Outfielder
An aggressive ranking of Garcia, he has an excess of tools and just enough polish to earn the lofty praise associated with this slot. Garcia is already a plus defender with excellent speed and a very strong arm, and he could play well at any of the three outfield spots. At the plate he has very good line drive power that could develop into more in time, but he must tighten his strike zone or risk being exploited at higher levels.