TigsTown Midseason Top 50: 20-11

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 just outside the top 20, in slots 20-11.

20. Avisail Garcia – Outfielder
Tiger fans have reason to be excited when it comes to the potential offered by Garcia. In his second tour through West Michigan, Garcia has still demonstrated how raw he is and that his power has yet to flourish in a game, but he has also wowed some scouts with his raw ability, and the coaches with his strong work ethic.

19. Brandon Douglas – Second Baseman
It took a while to get Douglas on the field this year, thanks to a balky hamstring that delayed his debut until will into the season. Douglas still offers an intriguing bat and a solid second base glove, and he should get a shot in Erie next year.

18. Alfredo Figaro – Right-handed Pitcher
The Tigers have done well to harness Figaro's raw stuff, and as he continues to refine his command, he continues to look more and more like a viable big league pitcher that could fit in the back of a rotation or the bullpen. He should get additional opportunities in Detroit over the next two years.

17. Wade Gaynor – Third Baseman
It was a horrific debut for Gaynor last year in Oneonta, and after working to incorporate his old leg kick into his load at the plate, he is back to showing a powerful bat that could carry him through the system. He still has some rough edges at third base, but he has the athleticism to handle a move to the outfield if necessary.

16. Billy Nowlin – First Base/Outfielder
Nowlin failed to make any of the necessary adjustments over the season's first month, and his numbers were abysmal. He finally adjusted and began to come out of his slump, leading to a torrid June and a nice July. His bat is his only tool, and it will have to be potent to continue moving him up the ladder.

15. Lester Oliveros – Right-handed Pitcher
Oliveros is one of the Tigers brightest young relief prospects, and he could make his first showing in Detroit as soon as next spring. Armed with a powerful fastball and a good slider, he has the fierce competitive streak needed to succeed in the late innings. Don't be surprised if at some point in the future, he gets a shot at the Tigers' closer job.

14. Cale Iorg – Shortstop
Scouts still see the tools on the field, and are still reluctant to write him off as a result. The combination of exceptional defense, a plus arm, plus speed, and above-average power gives hope that he might eventually figure ‘it' out and become a reliable big league shortstop. His glove alone may get him an opportunity.

13. Jay Sborz – Right-handed Pitcher
Sborz's first big league opportunity was a bit dubious, but that likely won't deter the Tigers from giving him another chance down the line. It is hard to argue with a plus-plus fastball and plus curveball, combined with outstanding makeup, and that should leave him getting additional big league relief opportunities in the coming year or two.

12. Francisco Martinez – Third Baseman
Martinez was forced to try his hand against Florida State League competition this year, despite his young age, and he has acquitted himself very well. He continues to show improvement with the glove, and he is beginning to fill out his lanky frame, which could mean that his power starts to show more during games.

11. Casper Wells – Outfielder
Wells has had a bit of a meteoric rise up the prospect list over the last two years, and while he has struggled at Triple-A this year, he still profiles as a good defensive fourth outfielder with some power off the bench. He is capable of playing all three outfield positions, and even first base, which could land him a bench job as soon as next year if the roster continues to turn over.


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