50. Avisail Garcia – Outfielder
A fine debut for season (.298/.337/.449) for a prospect that flew under the radar a bit coming into the 2008 season. He has good tools across the board, particularly on the defensive side of things. A strong 2009 season back in the VSL, could have him stateside by the time he is 18 years old.
49. Luis Palacios – Shortstop
Palacios carried his pop and knowledge of the strike zone stateside in 2008, and impressed many observers. He profiles better at second base long term, but he has enough defensive chops to be a contributor in the field as well as at the plate.
48. Alfredo Figaro – Right-handed Pitcher
Figaro absolutely dominated the Midwest League, but struggled upon a promotion to Lakeland. If he can gain control over his fastball that can reach the mid-90s, he has a chance to be a solid reliever. He'll need to make a showing at the higher levels in 2009, or he will be lapped by an influx of relief talent to the system.
47. Luke French – Left-handed Pitcher
It was yet another ho-hum season for French, though this time was a solid showing in 170 innings at Double-A. His stuff isn't great, but he changes speeds, commands the strike zone, attacks hitters, and is extremely poised on the mound.
46. Robbie Weinhardt – Right-handed Pitcher
Weinhardt drew plenty of attention for an extended scoreless inning streak to start his professional career at Lakeland, but he tired down the stretch, and proved human after all. He's a strike throwing machine with a nice fastball and breaking ball, and he could be in line to move quickly.
45. Brendan Wise – Right-handed Pitcher
It's been a relatively slow climb for Wise, but he finally put in an extended stretch at Double-A while still just 22-years old. He has a tremendous sinker that can be impossible for hitters to lift when he is on, and his ability to mix pitches makes it even more difficult.
44. Alexis Espinoza – Outfielder
The much-anticipated stateside debut for Espinoza, was an absolute disaster. He lost all ability to command the strike zone, which took away his one big time tool; power. When he was able to make contact, it was still generally hard, but he has a lot of work to do to recognize pitches and lay off those out of the strike zone.
43. Max Leon – Second Baseman
Solid middle infielder with enough quickness and ability to handle second, short, or third if needed, Leon works counts and puts the ball in play with ease. He lacks a standout tool, and his power his well below-average, but he could make a nice utility player in the long run.
42. Michael Gosse – Second Baseman
A gritty, hard nosed player, Gosse has a nice bat that can hit for solid average with above-average pop to all fields. He lacks more than solid-average defensive skills, but his success will be tied to the continued development of his bat. Michael is a baseball rat, with an uncanny ability to adjust and learn on the fly.
41. Chris Lambert – Right-handed Pitcher
It took a long time, but Lambert finally started to show the promise that earned him a first round selection by the Cardinals a few years ago. His off-speed stuff is still his bread and butter, and now that he can pound the strike zone with his fastball, he has solid back end rotation or swingman potential.