TigsTown Top 50 Prospects: 30-21

The time has come! It's time for TigsTown to debut its top 50 prospects in the organization, counting down from 50 all the way to the organization's #1 prospect. On Thursday, we make our way into the top 30 with prospects 30 through 21.

To read the primers on how the rankings are calculated, who is eligible, and how the system breaks down, go here:
Primer Part I
Primer Part II

And to read the rest of the rankings, go here:
Prospects 50-41
Prospects 40-31
Prospects 30-21: Thursday
Prospects 20-11: Friday
Prospects 10-1: Monday

30. Jon Kibler – Left-handed Pitcher
Kibler lit up the Midwest League leader boards this past summer, leading the circuit in several categories. He still needs to show more consistency with all of his pitches, and he will have to prove he wasn't another product of a fantastic pitching environment in West Michigan.

29. Casper Wells – Outfielder
There comes a point in time where a players tools finally begin translating to baseball tools, and that time was 2008 for Casper Wells. After an unexpected promotion to Double-A Erie, Wells exploded and showed his raw power, speed, and strong arm in every game he played for the Seawolves.

28. Justin Henry – Second Baseman
Henry had a rough start to his full-season debut, hitting just .242 through the season's first two months. His natural hitting ability took over in June, as he hit .327 the rest of the way, and his solid defense, plate discipline, and above-average speed also showed well in games.

27. Danny Worth – Shortstop
Scouts were not as quick to praise Worth this summer as they were in 2007. His offensive game lacks the ability to get on base at high rates, or to hit for power, which limits his ceiling at the plate. Defensively he still projects as a top flight glove at shortstop, but there are questions if that will be enough to make him a Major League regular.

26. Ryan Strieby – First Baseman
There has never been any doubting Strieby's enormous power potential, and fans saw evidence of that during the 2008 season, when he smashed 29 home runs as part of a 55 extra-base hit barrage. He'll hit Double-A at only 23-years old, with an opportunity to mash his way into consideration for a Major League role in the future.

25. Scott Green – Right-handed Pitcher
One of four huge power arms the Tigers selected with their first five picks in the 2008 draft, Green comes with some injury concerns and command problems. You can't ignore his imposing build, or his more imposing fastball; both of which could help him move quickly as a high-leverage reliever.

24. Cody Satterwhite – Right-handed Pitcher
Sitting back-to-back with Green, Cody is very similar in stuff and approach. Satterwhite's fastball is a touch more electric, and his ceiling is a bit greater than Green's, but he too profiles as a dominating reliever with closer potential.

23. Lester Oliveros – Right-handed Pitcher
Our third reliever in a row, Oliveros looked filthy in his stateside debut at Oneonta, before struggling after a late season promotion to High-A Lakeland. Oliveros still has the fastball-slider combo that confounds hitters, and he should continue his dominating run in a 2009 full-season debut.

22. Brandon Douglas – Shortstop
Douglas made an impact all the way up to Double-A in his first summer as a pro, filling in admirably where injuries occurred throughout the system. He is a fine athlete with good all-around tools, and an intelligent approach to the game. Second base may be his future home, but he should remain at shortstop in the near term.

21. Victor Larez – Right-handed Pitcher
Larez finally made his stateside debut at age 21, and despite what seems like a late start, there is still plenty to be excited about. He fires a nice fastball from a quick arm action that he maintains well on an above-average change-up. After a strong Instructional League showing, Victor will be in the running for a spot in West Michigan in 2009.


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