40. Jay Voss – Left-handed Pitcher
Voss came to the Tigers in exchange for left-hander Nate Robertson and after scuffling in 2010 he came around in 2011 to put himself back on the prospect map. Though he lacks overwhelming stuff, Voss is a durably arm that can mix his pitches and keep his team in the game. He has a quality breaking ball that works well against left-handers and he could fill a situational role if starting doesn’t work out long term.
39. Eugenio Suarez – Shortstop
The next in a long line of slick fielding shortstops the Tigers have signed out of Latin America, Suarez offers a plus glove and plenty of arm strength for the position. He moves well to both sides and can make both the spectacular and routine plays. He has surprising strength in his wiry frame but his overall offensive game will require significant development.
38. Matt Hoffman – Left-handed Pitcher
Hoffman lit up the radar gun in the Arizona Fall League in 2010. Folks around the league were buzzing after he touched as high as 98 mph in one outing. Though that velocity subsided in 2011 he still showed plus velocity for a lefty and was able to reach back for more on occasion. He must refine his command of the strike zone to take advantage of his velocity but he could be a solid bullpen arm down the line.
37. Bryan Holaday – Catcher
A defensive-first backstop Holaday has shown good leadership and command of the game from behind the plate. He works well with his pitching staff and has above-average catch and throw skills. He is still working on his blocking ability. Holaday has strength but lacks the pitch recognition and hand-eye coordination to be much of a threat offensively. He profiles as a nice backup catcher in the big leagues.
36. Kyle Ryan – Left-handed Pitcher
When the Tigers picked Ryan in 2010 it was based entirely on his projectable frame and the dream of what he could become. He began to show some of that promise with West Michigan last year, consistently showing average velocity and feel for spinning a potential above-average curveball. He still has a long way to go but he has the ceiling of a mid-rotation starter.
35. Ramon Lebron – Right-handed Pitcher
Lebron has been lighting up radar guns in the Tigers system for several years now, including numerous instances where he has touched triple digits. As a shorter right-hander he has to work to get angle on the ball and keep it down and his high effort delivery works against his ability to command the ball in that way. His breaking ball has lacked consistency the last two years and he profiles as a potential seventh inning arm because of his difficulty locating his pitches.
34. Ryan Strieby – First Base
Strieby is big, hulking first baseman with plus raw power to all fields. He has a solid approach at the plate and a good idea of the strike zone, though he expanded his zone more in 2011 than he had in previous seasons. After a failed left field experiment Strieby has returned to first base. Wrist injuries have stunted his development but Strieby still harbors a hint of potential as a second division slugging first baseman.
33. Adam Wilk – Left-handed Pitcher
The Tigers gave Wilk a chance to make an impression in 2011 and he was solid if unspectacular in many of his outings in the big leagues. A command and feel left-hander Wilk has little margin for error with a below-average fastball and fringy breaking ball. His change-up is his best pitch and at times he is forced to pitch off of it to get outs. Wilk doesn’t profile well in the bullpen and will have to make it as a fifth starter in the big leagues.
32. Jamie Johnson – Outfielder
Johnson skipped High-A and went straight to Double-A in 2011. He held his own against advanced pitching and cemented his reputation as a potential extra outfielder in the Major Leagues. Johnson is an above-average runner, defender and thrower. He has some natural hitting ability and an outstanding patient approach at the plate. He can drive the ball to the gaps with surprising pop given his small stature and his total package gives him a chance at a big league career as a bench outfielder.
31. Tommy Collier – Right-handed Pitcher
The Tigers “bought low” on Collier in last summer’s draft as he was still working his way back from Tommy John surgery the previous year. Collier’s fastball sits in the low-90s with sink and his curveball and slider will both flash as solid pitches. He has a good feel for pitching and a great frame for added strength. Some scouts see mid-rotation potential in Collier and he should be one to watch in his full-season debut in 2012.