TigsTown Midseason Top 50: 50-41

That's right, the time has come again - the latest debut of the TigsTown Top 50! TigsTown ranks the Top 50 prospects in the organization, starting at 50 and working our way down to the top prospect! Check inside for 50-41!

50. Dixon Machado – Shortstop
One of the Tigers big international signings in 2008, Machado has a tool shed chock full of skills, and if things begin to come together, he could explode as a prospect. He's a true shortstop defensively, and the bat could be an above-average tool in all aspects.

49. John Murrian – Catcher
Drafted in the 9th round this summer, Murrian signed quickly and has a chance to be a well-rounded backstop. His defense is already a legit tool, and he has athleticism and raw offensive ability on his side. He'll outwork anyone on the field, and that counts for something.

48. Gabriel Purroy – Catcher
Purroy was another significant international signing last summer, and like Murrian he has excellent catch-and-throw skills behind the plate. His bat has flashed promise with a solid hit tool and above-average raw power, but it may take a while to come around.

47. Jordan Newton – Catcher
After battling some off the field issues to start his career, Newton is back and showing the bat that made him a well-regarded hitter coming out of Western Kentucky. He has improved rapidly behind the plate and could stay there long term, but his extra-base power is going to be his calling card.

46. Jay Sborz – Right-handed Pitcher
Sborz still throws hard with some control problems, but he has begun to overcome those issues to be a quality high-leverage reliever. His curveball can be downright dominating, and the combination of mid-nineties heat and a serious yacker makes him an intriguing relief prospect.

45. Audy Ciriaco – Shortstop
Still one of the most supremely skilled players in the organization, those skills have yet to fully manifest on the field. He has tremendous raw power, an ability to control the strike zone and recognize pitches, as well as fine speed and promising defensive abilities. That's a ton of talent, and its only a matter of time until it comes out.

44. Mike Hollimon - Infielder
Despite trouble making contact and staying healthy the last two years, Hollimon still has the pop, speed, and defensive versatility to become a solid big league utility man playing three or four days a week.

43. Josh Rainwater – Right-handed Pitcher
According to one opposing Eastern League coach, Rainwater is "just one of those guys that you look up one day and he's getting outs in the big leagues." With an above-average fastball, improved command, and a bulldog mentality, here's betting he does just that.

42. Matt Hoffman – Left-handed Pitcher
Hoffman dominated the Midwest League in his second trial to start the 2009 season, but he has been hit or miss so far in the Florida State League. The raw stuff – above-average projection on the fastball and breaking ball – still projects very well; he just needs to learn the ropes a little more.

41. Eddie Bonine – Right-handed Pitcher
While the Tigers were put in a position of removing Bonine from the 40-man roster, he still has big league potential in a swing-man, spot starter role. The combination of an average fastball, average breaking ball, and a surprising knuckleball, should be enough to contribute at the big league level.


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