40. Jason King – Third Baseman
King's debut season with the Tigers in 2011 was cut short by a serious knee injury and that same injury kept him off the field at the start of the 2012 campaign. While his numbers aren't pretty, King is still a solid athlete with a bunch of fringe-average to solid-average tools that could still allow him to develop into a solid player.
39. Manuel Joseph – Shortstop
Joseph is an unheralded prospect in Tiger circles, but that could begin changing over the next year. A very good athlete, Joseph has plus running ability that gives him the potential to steal bases and flash good range in the field. He has a good feel for the barrel and some scouts project him to hit quite a bit. He's a huge project, but the potential exists for an intriguing middle infield prospect.
38. Melvin Mercedes – Right-handed Pitcher
Mercedes was sidelined by Tommy John surgery last year and that caused him to slip considerably in the TigsTown rankings. With his arm back at full strength and his velocity beginning to come back, Mercedes is beginning to look like a potential setup reliever that relies on a heavy power fastball and good slider.
37. Bryan Holaday – Catcher Pitcher
Tiger fans got their first true exposure to Holaday when he was called up to the big leagues to help out in a backup role this year. A very good defender, Holaday has a strong arm, good defensive fundamentals and outstanding leadership ability, all of which help him profile as a very strong second catcher. If his bat develops at all – a huge question mark – he could be a second division starter.
36. Brett Harrison – Third Baseman
The Tigers made a late charge to sign Harrison and keep him away from a commitment to Hawaii last year. After signing late, he truly made his debut in the New-York-Penn League this year and while he has struggled, reports from extended spring training paint him as the star of that two month stretch on the back fields. With solid hitting ability and some defensive potential, Harrison could be a solid regular.
35. Brandon Loy – Shortstop
Loy has and will always be known more for his glove than his bat and this year his defensive exploits have expanded to second base in addition to shortstop. With an offensive game that fails to impress scouts, Loy looks more and more like a potential utility player and the versatility he has gained this year will help him fulfill that profile.
34. Jordan John – Left-handed Pitcher
The Tigers popped John in the top ten rounds of this year's draft with the hope that his polish and pitchability could help him move quickly through the system. While his raw stuff won't stand out on an individual game report, his ability to work through lineups and keep his team in games gives him a chance to be a fifth starter.
33. Montreal Robertson – Right-handed Pitcher
Robertson was a bit of a sleeper in last year's draft and we put him on fans' radars when we reported he was hitting 97 mph in the GCL after signing. The Tigers moved him to the rotation this year and he's still topping out at 94 mph and flashing an interesting slider. Though he still projects as a reliever long term, Robertson's prospect stock continues to rise.
32. Harold Castro – Second Baseman
We shoved Castro in last year's end-of-season rankings on the heels of some fantastic reports about his outstanding natural hitting ability. That faith in his scouting reports seems to be paying off as he rakes in his stateside debut with the GCL Tigers. While it is tough to be a pure second base prospect, Castro's bat gives him a chance to break the stereotype and keep moving up the ranks.
31. Josue Carreno – Right-handed Pitcher
Carreno's raw stuff is still quite impressive as he flashes a potential above-average breaking ball to go with a low-90s fastball that has solid sink. What he lacks is the command that he showed in the VSL before going through a growth spurt and bulking up in the process. If the command ever comes back, Carreno could be a number four starter but the odds are getting longer that he reaches that ceiling.
TigsTown continues counting down the top 50 prospects at the midseason point, inside, take a look at which prospects are ranked 31-40!