50. Jake Stewart (OF)
Stewart joined the Tigers this summer and represents a quality athlete that does a lot of things well on the diamond. His defense is his most impressive tool as he possesses good instincts, strong range and a strong arm. He struggles hitting secondary pitches but has good gap power and a solid fourth outfielder profile.
49. Adam Wilk (LHP)
After struggling in two trials at the big-league level, Wilk will enter 2013 in a competition for one of the final bullpen spots in Detroit. A classic pitchability lefty, Wilk gets by with a mid- to upper-80s fastball, quality change-up and good command. He has the ceiling of a number five starter. The biggest thing holding Wilk back is his lack of a quality breaking ball.
48. Julio Felix (RHP)
Felix was a relatively non-descript pick last June but he fits the classic Tigers mold of a big guy that can throw hard. Felix ran his fastball up to 96 mph during the Fall Instructional League. He also showed the potential to spin a quality breaking ball, giving him a 6th/7th inning projection.
47. Rawley Bishop (3B/1B)
While it is a difficult profile to sustain for a prospect, Bishop has a small window to make a big-league club as a four-corner utility player. He can play a fringe-average third base, though he struggled making throws last year, and he has the athletic ability to handle the outfield if given the opportunity. His offensive profile comes up a bit short, with only modest pop and hitting ability, but he could be a solid bench player.
46. Aaron Sayers (SS)
While Tiger fans have yet to get a taste of Sayers who will come Stateside from Australia this spring, he is a player to keep an eye on. Currently a shortstop, scouts believe his sloppy actions and fringy arm will push him to second base long term. His money-maker could be his bat as he owns a sweet swing and solid pop that would make him intriguing in the middle of the diamond.
45. Anthony Castro (RHP)
Castro is an extremely raw teenager that has a chance to come Stateside for the first time next year. His raw arm strength stands out from the first moment you see him, as he already sits in the 90-92 range and has the projection to throw in the mid- to upper-90s down the road. His curveball showed progress this year and it has the potential to become a true hammer that would give Castro a second plus pitch. It will be a long road until Castro is on the big-league radar, but he is a guy to watch as he climbs the ladder.
44. Matt Hoffman (LHP)
After blowing up in the Arizona Fall League a couple of years ago, reportedly hitting 97 on the gun, Hoffman has stagnated a bit in Triple-A. He still has a chance to contribute at the big-league level and that first chance could come in 2013 if a need arises. Hoffman can reach 94 mph from a near side-arm slot and could be a devastating left-on-left reliever.
43. Jamie Johnson (OF)
Johnson has been a spark plug player since signing out of Oklahoma. A small player, Johnson can go get it in center field with above-average to plus speed, which also makes him a threat on the bases. His approach at the plate is exceptional and he has the strength to drive the ball to the gaps. While his profile stops at the 4th/5th outfielder level, Johnson could fill several roles off a Major League bench, including pinch runner/hitter and defensive replacement.
42. Devon Travis (2B)
The Tigers went "over slot" to pry Devon Travis from his fourth year at Florida State and he hit enough in his brief professional debut to see why. Travis is a quality hitter with gap power and a mature approach. His below-average speed limits his range at second base but he has some of the best hands in the entire system and is considered a very good defender. He will have to hit at every stop on the minor league ladder, but he has the potential to do just that.
41. Aaron Westlake (1B)
Fans may be frustrated by Westlake's poor numbers in his first two professional seasons, but that doesn't mean he is without any prospect standing. Westlake has legitimate plus power to all fields and some scouts believe he has even more than that. He knows the strike zone and takes a good approach to his at bats, but he lacks the bat speed to handle premium velocity, or the pitch recognition to lay off quality secondary pitches. A light bulb will have to go off offensively, but it is hard to give up on this kind of power.
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