TigsTown Midseason Top 50: 30-21

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, look to see who fell in the 30 through 21 slots.

30. Daniel Carranza – Outfielder
There is still a ton of projection here, and this ranking may be a touch lofty at this time, but Carranza is a serious athlete with some very nice baseball skills. He has the potential to be a true five-tool outfielder, and he could be stateside as soon as next season.

29. Brayan Villarreal – Right-handed Pitcher
After dominating at West Michigan in 2009, Villarreal has continued to shine this year at Lakeland. Despite that continued success, scouts continued to see a guy that likely fits into the seventh inning with mediocre command and only solid secondary pitches.

28. James Robbins – First Baseman
Robbins is still very raw in nearly every phase of the game, but he has the potential to be a very good offensive and defensive first baseman. Though some scouts would like to see him tighten up his body, he is a solid athlete that moves well at first, and he has a smooth swing from the left side that should produce both average and power down the line.

27. Luke Putkonen – Right-handed Pitcher
Now healthy for two years in a row, Putkonen just continues trucking on his way to the big leagues. He doesn't have the filthy stuff he showed as a third round pick out of college, but he looks the part of a number three starter that can keep his team in the game every time out.

26. Bryan Holaday – Catcher
The Tigers sixth round pick just over a month ago, Holaday is one of the safest bets in the draft class to become a big leaguer. He may not profile as a starter behind the dish, but his exceptional defense – one of the best defenders behind the plate in the minor leagues – and outstanding leadership should make him a backup catcher at a minimum.

25. Audy Ciriaco – Third Baseman
Ciriaco's ceiling still remains extremely high, and his tools are still evident when he takes the field, but time is starting to run short for him to turn tools to production. His wrist has been bothering him much of the year, and if he can get healthy, he still could be a dynamic player, now at third base after a move off of shortstop.

24. Brent Dlugach – Shortstop
Dlugach got his first taste of the big leagues last fall after a fine season at Toledo; one in which he was finally healthy after shoulder and back problems over the prior two years. Scouts question how his bat will play long term, but he has the glove and enough versatility to be a big league utility player on the right team.

23. Charlie Furbush – Left-handed Pitcher
From a pure performance perspective, Furbush has been one of the Tigers' elite prospects this season, as he has torn through the Florida State and Eastern Leagues, leading up to his promotion to Triple-A Toledo. His mechanics still scare some, but he looks like a guy that could fit in the back of a big league rotation as soon as next year.

22. Casey Fien – Right-handed Pitcher
Fien had an interesting spring, bouncing from the Tigers, to the Red Sox, to the Blue Jays, and ultimately, back to the Tigers, before settling in and pitching well at Toledo again this year. He still profiles as a big league reliever, most likely in the middle innings, he just needs to get an extended look and chance to secure his spot.

21. Duane Below – Left-handed Pitcher
The recovery Below has made from Tommy John surgery early last season, has been nothing short of miraculous. On a strict pitch count this year, his starts haven't always been long, but he is showing better stuff than he ever has in his career, and scouts are coming around on his potential as a mid-rotation starter. If Below can maintain his 90-92 mph fastball that touches 95 once the reigns are taken off next year, he could see Detroit quickly.


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