TigsTown Midseason Top 50: The Top Ten

The time has come! TigsTown releases its midseason Top Ten, the top ten prospects in the organization! Find out inside to see who falls where!

10. Rob Brantly – Catcher
Brantly is the highest 2010 Tigers' draft pick to have signed at press time, and his combination of athleticism and offensive potential, slot him in the back of the top ten. Brantly should be able to stick at catcher long term, but if forced off the position by others, his athleticism should play in the outfield. He has a patient approach at the plate and the potential for above-average power as a pro.

9. Robbie Weinhardt – Right-handed Pitcher
Weinhardt has been forced to prove himself at every level, and he's succeeded in doing just that. With a low arm angle and a low-90s sinker, he has gotten outs every step of the way to the big leagues. His slider gives him a reliable second pitch, and as he has learned to setup hitters better, he has proven capable of being a solid reliever in the big leagues; a role he is fulfilling at this moment.

8. Casey Crosby – Left-handed Pitcher
This is a hefty tumble from the number one spot in the off-season rankings, but missing his second season in three professional campaigns with injury, is not the way to stay near the top of the rankings. Crosby's balky left elbow is now a serious concern, and his durability is coming into question with scouts, many of whom are starting to wonder if the bullpen is in his future.

7. Wilkin Ramirez – Outfielder
Ramirez's power has been on full display in 2010, mashing home runs at Double-A, and continuing to show some power at Triple-A. Unfortunately, the rest of his offensive game has largely regressed, as he has not hit for average or worked counts, and his outfield defense has stagnated at a below average to fringe-average level. He's beginning to look more and more like a fourth outfielder with pop off the bench, but it is hard to completely give up on the tools.

6. Danry Vasquez – Outfielder
An absolutely lofty perch for this 16-year old bonus baby signed by the Tigers on the first day of the international signing period this summer. Vasquez is a very good athlete with a bat that some scouts believe could eventually be special; hitting for both average and power. He is a long ways from the big leagues, but his bat is advanced for his age, and there is a chance he could make his professional debut with the GCL Tigers in 2011, skipping over both the VSL and DSL.

5. Daniel Fields – Outfielder
The Tigers moved Fields to the outfield in spring training, and while he showed some inexperience out there this year, scouts project his defense and arm as plus to plus-plus tools that could make him a premium defender. He has been challenged with an extremely aggressive assignment at Lakeland this year, and while the numbers aren't necessarily pretty, he has held his own, and flashed the offensive potential that could make him a dynamic player.

4. Scott Sizemore – Second Baseman
Despite a very rocky big league debut to start the season, Sizemore still projects as a solid MLB second baseman with a good stick and average glove. He is back in the big leagues now, and will lose his prospect eligibility before the next set of rankings come out this off-season. Don't write off Sizemore based on a rough rookie season, as he could easily be a significant part of the Tigers 2011 squad.

3. Ryan Strieby – Outfielder
Rumors are that Strieby's troublesome wrist is finally back to 100% and the lingering issues are behind him. If that is in fact true, then his powerful bat could find its way into the Tigers lineup later this year and into next season. His power is still some of the best in the system, and his approach has improved to the point where some talent evaluators believe he could maintain some of his on-base skills at the big league level.

2. Andy Oliver – Left-handed Pitcher
Tiger fans were exposed to a small taste of the raw talent Oliver owns in his power left arm. His fastball is a plus-plus big league offering right now, but the consistency of his slider and change-up must take a leap forward for him to reach his solid number two starter ceiling. Oliver will likely get a chance to make the Opening Day rotation next season, and he could be the forceful left-hander that every team craves.

1. Jacob Turner – Right-handed Pitcher
The Tigers top pick in the 2009 draft, Turner wasn't always dazzling in his Midwest League debut, but he did impress scouts with his mound presence, above-average control, and promising secondary pitches. With three potential plus pitches and most scouts envisioning plus command, Turner has legitimate ace potential. He won't come as quickly as past Tiger studs like Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello, but he won't be too far off that pace.


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