TigsTown Top 50: 30-21

As we continue to count down the Top 50 in the Tigers' organization, we've now reached the top 30! Check inside to see who falls in the 21-30 rankings!

30. Deik Scram – Outfielder
Scram still profiles as a nice fourth outfielder with a solid array of skills, but he began to show more power in 2009, and that leaves a glimmer of hope that he could still develop into a second division regular. Deik has fringe-average to solid-average tools across the board, with his speed his only true above-average tool.

29. Charlie Furbush – Left-handed Pitcher
In his first year back from Tommy John surgery on his left arm, Furbush turned in a solid performance from start to finish in the Florida State League. Though he battled his command at times – as many recovering TJ survivors do – Furbush still showed the average to slightly above-average fastball and promising curveball that made him a promising pick coming out of college.

28. Brayan Villarreal – Right-handed Pitcher
Another player in the throws of coming back from Tommy John surgery, Villarreal was in his second year back from the operation, and he really started to break out. With a fastball that can touch 96 mph at times, and a breaking ball that is often a quality pitch, Brayan could be either a mid-rotation starter or a late inning reliever down the line.

27. Lester Oliveros – Right-handed Pitcher
Oliveros is one of the promising young relievers Dave Dombrowski references when he speaks of the future. Probably another year away from being ready for a chance in Detroit, Lester has an explosive mid-90s fastball and nasty slider that makes him a lethal late inning option.

26. Brandon Douglas – Second Baseman
Despite his advanced age for the Midwest League, Douglas continued to do nothing but hit since signing out of Northern Iowa in 2008. An average fielder at the keystone, Douglas has excellent contact skills at the plate and surprising pop for a slightly undersized player. He battled injuries in 2009, but when healthy, he is one of the organizations better pure hitters.

25. Thad Weber – Right-handed Pitcher
Profiling as a back end starter or middle reliever, Weber doesn't blow observers away, but consistently gets the job done. He commands a three-pitch mix to all parts of the zone, and he has enough in the tank to touch 92-93 on occasion. Weber is working to improve the command of his curveball, and if that comes around, he could take the next step forward as a prospect.

24. Brandon Hamilton – Right-handed Pitcher
The numbers were ugly in 2009, but Hamilton still offers the same intrigue and outstanding ceiling that he always has. With a fastball that sits at 94-96 and touches even higher, he has the electric right arm the organization loves; backed up by one of the system's nastiest curveballs. His mechanics and inconsistent command are likely to push him to the bullpen, but if things click he could cruise through the system and reach Detroit in short order.

23. Brent Dlugach - Shortstop
Dlugach got his first taste of the big leagues in 2009, and while he didn't see much time on the field, the experience will likely make him more prepared for another spin in 2010. A slick fielding shortstop, Dlugach has some pop in his bat and he is improving his command of the strike zone. Ultimately, Dlugach is probably a reserve infielder, but there is still a slim chance he turns out to be more.

22. Robbie Weinhardt – Right-handed Pitcher
Despite not being one of the highly touted relievers from the 2008 draft class, Weinhardt has done nothing but out-produce nearly everyone in the system since signing. He gets after hitters with an above-average fastball that touches 95, along with a quality breaking ball that can be a true swing-and-miss pitch. Weinhardt doesn't have much to prove in the minor leagues after dominating the last two seasons, and he could see Detroit this year.

21. Casey Fien – Right-handed Pitcher Fien consistently performed at every rung of the minor league ladder, and then he continued to perform admirably in the big leagues during his debut 2009 season. He profiles more as a 7th inning type of pitcher, but his unrelenting style, good mound presence, and above-average fastball, all combine to make him a solid relief option.


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