30. Javier Azcona – Shortstop
Azcona was one of the Tigers bigger signings on the international front last summer, and in the early going of the DSL season, he is showing why they are so high on him. A five-tool talent with suprising polish, Azcona could be a premium player down the line.
29. Edwin Gomez – Shortstop
The Tigers fourth round pick last month, Gomez has speed, arm strength, and a bat with good potential from both sides of the plate. While he may not stick at shortstop, he could be a very nice outfield prospect, possibly even in center field.
28. Steven Moya – Outfielder
Like Azcona, above, Moya was another premium signing for the club last summer. He has a Major League body and enormous present power, and even more power potential. While things may not come quickly for the raw outfielder, his potent bat and overall ceiling are undeniable.
27. Avisail Garcia – Outfielder
Garcia tore the cover off the ball during EST in Lakeland, and the Tigers have aggressively pushed the toolsy outielder to West Michigan. The numbers may not be pretty, but observers say they see a kid with worlds of potential.
26. Dusty Ryan – Catcher
Ryan is no longer the catcher of the future in Detroit, but that isn't an insult, as he is part of the present. With his strong defensive ability, power bat, and patient approach, Ryan should at least be a good MLB backup for a long time.
25. Thad Weber – Right-handed Pitcher
After tearing through the Florida State League in short order, Weber is now trying his hand in the Eastern League. Despite being a little older than most second year prospects, WEber si mature, has a lethal fastball that he controls well, and a durable arm that can keep his team in games.
24. Lester Oliveros - Right-handed Pitcher
A long-standing member of the TigsTown Top 50 since he was in the VSL, Oliveros has taken to the FSL after a rough stretch there in 2008. He still has the power fastball-slider combination, and he is learning to harness his agression on the mound. Some scouts still see a premium reliever down the line.
23. Chris Lambert - Right-handed Pitcher
Don't sleep on Lambert. He may have had a mediocre showing in Detroit last year, but the former first round pick has gotten himself back in a groove at Triple-A, and if the Tigers need another starter down the stretch, he could get the call. He still has the ceiling of a solid mid-rotation starter.
22. Brandon Hamilton - Right-handed Pitcher
Hamilton had showed tremendous progress during the instructional league last fall, but his control has regressed and he is struggling in a second tour through the Midwest League. The raw stuff is still present, and there is still hope, but he may see a move to the bullpen soon.
21. Josue Carreno – Right-handed Pitcher
The Tigers opted to keep Carreno in the VSL despite having the stuff and mound presence to come stateside for the 2009 season, and that appears to be paying off. Carreno is toying with VSL hitters, and he could be the next premium pitching prospect brought over from the Latin American programs.