TigsTown Midseason Top 50: 50-41

The time has once again! Twice a year, TigsTown releases its revised and updated rankings, ranking the top 50 eligible prospects in the organization, starting at 50, and working down to the top prospect. Inside, check in to see who fell from 50 through 41!

50. Confesor Lara – Outfielder
After returning from an MLB sanctioned suspension, Lara was a high-dollar signing for the Tigers, pulling a six figure bonus as a toolsy outfielder that the Tigers have had their eye on for a while. Not all of Lara's tools are translating to the field right now, but the Tigers are hopeful he can shake off the rust and start flashing his considerable talent.

49. Steven Moya – Outfielder
Moya is showing just how raw he is during his official stateside debut this summer in the Gulf Coast League. Despite his struggles at the plate and at times, in the field, Moya's ceiling remains more than considerable. His power potential is nearly off the charts, and it could be just a matter of time before he begins to take off.

48. Gabriel Purroy – Catcher
The Tigers have plenty of catching throughout the system, but very little that matches the quality and potential Purroy brings to the table. Purroy is an exceptional leader and a very strong defender behind the dish. At the plate, he offers some thunder in his bat, and simply has to continue allowing his approach to evolve as he faces stiffer competition.

47. Adam Wilk – Left-handed Pitcher
Despite his success through his first year in the system, Wilk is still working to overcome the finesse lefty tag that his raw stuff earns him. His command is the only tool that stands out from a scouting perspective, but the longer he keeps throwing up positive innings, the more seriously he has to be taken.

46. Luis Marte – Right-handed Pitcher
The injuries that have plagued Marte over the past couple of years have sapped some of the power from his fastball, but as a result he's become a more sound pitcher. His slider is still a plus big league offering, and with his command improving, he could still factor into an MLB bullpen down the line.

45. Brendan Wise – Right-handed Pitcher
There is nothing flashy about Wise; nothing at all. He works with an average velocity fastball, but it plays up because he gets outstanding sink on the ball and routinely works low in the zone. He has improved his command and his breaking ball has gained consistency. He won't wow anyone, but most scouts agree he fits in a big league bullpen somewhere.

44. Javier Azcona – Third Baseman
The presence of Dixon Machado and the likelihood that Azcona continues to grow have pushed him from shortstop to the hot corner, and early returns are positive about his defense there. Azcona's ultimate offensive ceiling depends largely on how much he continues to grow and fill out; something some observers believe he could do a lot of.

43. Cody Satterwhite – Right-handed Pitcher
Shoulder trouble has sidelined Satterwhite for all of the 2010 season so far, and coupled with his past command problems, his stock has tumbled. If he can return to form once health – that being someone capable of pumping mid- to upper-90s heat on every pitch – then he could still be a factor in the late innings in Detroit.

42. Thad Weber – Right-handed Pitcher
Weber is another prospect who does very little that stands out and blows people away when they see him, but he competes extremely well, has a durable right arm, and enough stuff to get outs regularly. He probably doesn't project to remain a starter at the highest level, but he could be a solid swingman or middle reliever.

41. Alden Carrithers – Second Baseman
Finally healthy to start this season, Carrithers took off at Lakeland, hitting everything in sight and forcing a promotion to Double-A Erie. He has scuffled a bit at his new level, but the things he does well should ultimately translate to the higher levels. He has a slim window for a big league job, and if he begins to work at other positions – like the outfield – that window could be expanded slightly.


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