TigsTown Top 50: 40-31

Ten, but 40 more to go! We're just getting started with the offseason TigsTown Top 50. Inside, the next ten prospects ranked in reverse order, counting down from 40 through 31.

40. Jay Sborz – Right-handed Pitcher
Sborz could quickly blow this ranking out of the water, with a mid-90s heater that can touch 98, and a hammer curveball, he has all the makings of a good, young bullpen arm; and that future could come as quickly as 2010.

39. Austin Wood – Left-handed Pitcher
He may have only been drafted last year, but Wood is a dark horse to see Detroit sometime during the upcoming season. He is rumored to be getting a non-roster invitation to spring training, and he has the makeup and stuff to make a run at the roster right out of the gates.

38. Scott Green – Right-handed Pitcher
Only season-ending labrum surgery keeps Green this low in the rankings. The shoulder injury is the latest in a long line of injury problems for the big, powerful right-hander. When healthy, Green can run his four-seam fastball into the mid-90s with ease, while also pumping nasty cutters at 91-93 mph.

37. Adam Wilk – Left-handed Pitcher
Wilk mad a sensational impact right out of the gate after debuting with Oneonta this summer. He blew through the New York-Penn League, and continued dominating while helping the ‘Caps in their playoff push. His stuff is a little short right now, but his command and makeup are exceptional.

36. Dixon Machado - Shortstop
The Tigers have plenty of shortstops with potential up and down the minor league ladder, but there are few – if any – that can match Machado's defensive potential. A true shortstop in every way, Machado has a big arm, soft hands, blazing speed, and a stick that shows potential in several areas.

35. Wade Gaynor – Third Baseman
Gaynor is still quite raw, not something you often expect from a three-year college player snapped in the third round of the draft, but that doesn't mean he's not talented. For a big man, he is an outstanding athlete, with well-above average speed, tremendous raw power, and while his defense is unorthodox, he gets the job done.

34. Hernan Perez – Shortstop
Long on tools, Perez started to put those tools to good use in 2009; showing well at several levels. He has the chance to be a premium defender with good hands, excellent range, and a strong arm, and his bat has shown tremendous progress. He has strength and bat speed, to go along with a solid understanding of the strike zone.

33. Zach Simons – Right-handed Pitcher
Added to the 40-man roster prior to the 2009 season, then removed this off-season, Simons finds himself in a state of uncertainty heading into spring training. He still has the 92-93 mph fastball that can touch 94, but also still lacks the consistency to locate the ball in the strike zone; something he'll need to do in order to gain the confidence of managers in the late innings.

32. Andrew Hess – Right-handed Pitcher
This is an aggressive ranking for a pitcher who one scout described as a guy that ‘sneaks up on you.' Hess' fastball sits at 88-89, and in short stints it can touch 91, but he commands it well to both sides of the plate. He lacks any outstanding pitch or tool, but the sum of his parts keeps him on the radar.

31. Javier Azcona - Shortstop
Azcona is a veritable tool shed. He has above-average speed, a good glove, strong arm, premium athleticism, and he projects for both an above-average hit tool and above-average power. He has good natural ability to go along with his tools, and there are some that believe he could be ready to explode on the scene in short order.


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