40. Zach Simons – Right-handed Pitcher
With a spot on the 40-man roster secure, Simons could see time in Detroit this season. He has a power fastball, a quality breaking ball, and improving control, and that could leave him capable of helping in the 7th or 8th inning. He may not be completely ready until 2010, but he will be a big leaguer.
39. Brayan Villareal – Right-handed Pitcher
Though Villareal is likely to get some time in the rotation at West Michigan in the second half of the season, he could be on the fast track to Detroit with a permanent move to the bullpen. Villareal doesn't look like a power guy, but his slight frame can pump fastballs in the mid-90s, and he attacks hitters with a ferocity that coaches love.
38. Scott Green – Right-handed Pitcher
One of the Tigers high-profile relief selections in the 2008 draft, Green has handled himself well as the closer for Lakeland this season. Though his stuff isn't grading as highly as it once has, he is still missing bats, getting outs, and developing into a quality reliever.
37. Luke Putkonen – Right-handed Pitcher
Finally healthy after battling shoulder issues in 2008, Putkonen is beginning to look like the guy the Tigers selected in the third round. He lacks the power fastball he once flashed, but he still sits in the low-90s with a solid overall arsenal. He's a back of the rotation guy if he can stay healthy.
36. Andrew Hess – Right-handed Pitcher
Rocketing up the list, Hess is coming off a Florida State League All-Star appearance that was well-deserved. His curveball flashes as a legit plus offering that can dominate opponents, and he has begun to harness a solid-average fastball, giving him two pitches he can use in any situation.
35. Andrew Dirks – Outfielder
Most scouts view Dirks as a sure-fire big leaguer, with the only question remaining being what role he fulfills when there. There is little doubt he will be a fourth outfielder, though some scouts believe he could be a legit Major League center fielder as he continues to develop. He can hit for average, control the zone, run, and play defense. What's not to like?
34. Alexis Espinoza - Outfielder
Espinoza has some of the most raw power in the entire organization, blasting balls to all fields with tremendous bat speed and brute strength. One scout that happened to see him during extended spring training this year was quoted as saying, "That boy can hit it out of any park on the planet. Huge power!"
33. Brennan Boesch - Outfielder
It has taken a while, but Brennan Boesch has finally flashed the serious tools that many saw when he was a sophomore and junior at California. He has the ability to hit for average, hit for power, run, defend, and throw. He is still raw in terms of his approach at the plate, but if he continues to come around as he has in 2009, he should be on the radar as a potential Major Leaguer.
32. Deik Scram - Outfielder
Scram has bounced around on the TigsTown prospect lists, and as he continues to show an improved approach at the plate, he is climbing again. Scram can run with anyone in the system, and he has finally added enough strength to start driving balls to the gaps with regularity.
31. Robbie Weinhardt – Right-handed Pitcher
After completely dominating the Florida State League in his professional debut in 2008, Weinhardt returned to Lakeland to start the 2009 campaign; dominating his opponents even more. His low-90s fastball and above-average slider are quality pitches, and as he finally gets a taste of Double-A, he will look to prove he has the command to be a high-leverage guy instead of a middle man in the bullpen.