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TigsTown 2012 Midseason Top 50: Top Ten
10. Steven Moya - Outfielder Moya has been the breakout name in the Tigers system this year, making enormous strides from last year's showing with West Michigan. A huge guy, Moya still has some of the best raw power in the system and he has refined his hitting ability to the point that scouts are taking him seriously as an MLB prospect. Unfortunately, Moya's breakout was cut short by Tommy John surgery this summer and he won't be back on the field until next year. 9. Tyler Collins – Outfielder Collins raked in his professional debut last year in the New York-Penn League and the Tigers rewarded him with a promotion all the way to High-A in his first full season. While some of his pop has been sapped by the Florida State League, Collins still has a well-rounded game that could make him a solid regular in left field, providing power, patience and speed in the lineup. 8. Bruce Rondon – Right-handed Pitcher Tiger fans that didn't know who Rondon was a few weeks ago certainly knew he was after the Futures Game. By dialing his fastball up to 102 mph in that exhibition, the world now knows that Rondon is a very real relief prospect. With a tough arm angle, plenty of velocity and tons of arm-side movement, Rondon can eat hitters alive without much effort. He has legit closer potential and just needs to polish his control to be big league ready. 7. Avisail Garcia – Outfielder Another breakout player this year has been Avisail Garcia. Always lauded for his depth of above-average or better tools, Garcia finally put things together in High-A this year, earning a mid-season promotion to Double-A while still being extremely young. With enough speed and tremendous instincts allowing him to handle center field right now, Garcia can be a plus defender with the potential to hit for average and power down the line. Garcia could still take a while because of his raw approach, but his potential is through the roof. 6. Jake Thompson – Right-handed Pitcher Thompson was the Tigers top pick in this year's draft and he has been nothing short of fantastic in his pro debut with the GCL Tigers. Thompson has a heavy, low-90s fastball that can touch 94 mph at times and there is some projection for a little more down the line. He has the makings of a quality breaking ball and change-up as well as good command projection, giving him the potential to develop into a number three starter. 5. Casey Crosby – Left-handed Pitcher Crosby made his Major League debut this summer and still rates as one of the organization's better prospects. Though his velocity wasn't all there in the big leagues, Crosby still can touch 95-97 mph from the left side, particularly in short bursts. Because of his trouble commanding the ball and the inconsistency with his breaking ball, scouts still believe he could excel in a relief role, with the ceiling of a lights out lefty setup man as soon as next year. 4. Danry Vasquez – Outfielder Vasquez struggled as an 18-year old in the Midwest League during the season's first half, but he has done nothing but torch the New York-Penn League since showing up there in June. Blessed with excellent natural hitting ability and power projection, Vasquez has the offensive profile to be a very serious prospect. Now that he knows what it is like to fail, he could grow by leaps and bounds over the next year. Despite his natural gifts in the batter's box, Vasquez is going to take a while to develop and could still be four years from the big leagues. 3. Rob Brantly – Catcher While TigsTown has consistently ranked Brantly as one of the top players in the Tigers organization, he burst onto the broader scene with a monster first half this year. Brantly hit extremely well with Double-A Erie while also making improvements behind the plate, earning a promotion to Triple-A when a spot opened up. While with Toledo, Brantly has had to make adjustments to the more polished pitching but scouts are consistently turning him in with solid regular grades. 2. Jacob Turner – Right-handed Pitcher Turner missed the start of the season due to an arm injury and as a result lost the battle for the fifth starter's job in Detroit to left-hander Drew Smyly. Since he has returned, he has rarely been dominant but has shown his typical feel for pitching and an improved ability to work without his best stuff. Turner still profiles as a really good number three starter with the potential to peak as a number two, and while he will continue to get some starts in Detroit this year, he should be a contributing member of next year's rotation. 1. Nick Castellanos – Third Base/Outfielder Castellanos has vaulted himself from a consensus Top 50 overall prospect to among the top 15 prospects in the game today. He owns exceptional hitting ability with a loose swing and tons of bat speed, lending to the potential for plus power down the line. His bat is significantly ahead of his glove and he could be ready to hit every day in the big leagues next year. In an attempt to both fill a need and prepare for his arrival in Detroit, the Tigers have recently shifted Castellanos to right field, where his path to the big leagues is clear, and he could even arrive later this year.
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