2013 TigsTown Top 50: 20-11
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Collins sits just outside the top ten
Collins sits just outside the top ten
TigsTown.com
Posted Mar 4, 2013


30 prospects down and 20 more to go. Find out which prospects ended up falling just outside of the top ten in the Tigers farm system!

20. Daniel Fields (OF)
As a result of his substantial signing bonus and athleticism, Fields has been high on the Tigers prospect radar since the second he put pen to paper. Blessed with outstanding athletic ability, Fields has yet to translate the accompanying tools to on-field performance on a consistent basis. He has power, particularly to the pull side and is a solid-average runner, but there are serious questions about the utility of his hit tool. His arm is below-average and borders on not being playable in center field, where his defense earns above-average to plus grades. His tools will keep him on the radar and he's likely to get a big-league look, but but his ceiling is far less than originally expected.

19. Hernan Perez (2B)
Many Tiger fans were stunned both when Perez was added to the 40-man roster last off-season, as well as when he earned an emergency call-up during the 2012 campaign. Perez is a quality defender at both shortstop and second place, highlighted by good hands and a strong arm. He has solid bat speed and can drive the ball, but his pitch recognition precludes his ability to do so consistently. The Tigers are very high on Perez's future, and while they may see a tick more, most scouts are convinced he profiles as more of a utility player with up the middle tools.

18. Edgar De La Rosa (RHP)
De La Rosa is a mammoth human being, standing an imposing 6-foot-6 on the mound with broad shoulders, long arms and legs, huge hands and plenty of muscle. He has all the ingredients to both be a top pitching prospect and to be the type of prospect that never figures everything out with his huge frame. With a four-seam fastball that can get up to 98 mph and a two-seamer that can sit at 90-94 mph with excellent run, De La Rosa has the basic ingredients to be a high-quality pitching prospect. His change-up is more advanced than his slider, and his command/control must develop, but De La Rosa has already transformed from unknown to intriguing.

17. Tommy Collier (RHP)
When Collier debuted with the Tigers in 2011 he was just over a year removed from Tommy John surgery. That didn't stop him from pitching well with Connecticut that summer, and it certainly didn't stop him from continuing to pitch well with West Michigan in 2012. His sinking fastball parks in the low-90s and has enough movement to induce weak contact and ground balls. He pairs a solid slider with his fastball and his change-up can flash as an average pitch as well. With the potential for quality three-pitch mix and excellent competitiveness, Collier has a back of the rotation profile and he could begin to move quickly, possibly reaching Double-A in 2013.

16. Andy Oliver (LHP) *TRADED TO PITTSBURGH*
Oh, how the prospect God's can be fickle. Oliver came into pro ball lauded as lefty with exceptional velocity and the potential for two quality secondary pitches in his slider and change-up. Both secondary pitches have deserted him as a pro and his control has vanished for large stretches of his career. The Tigers moved Oliver to the bullpen in the second half of 2012 and that move could help him replace some of the prospect fizzle with sizzle. If he can throw enough strikes, Oliver can pitch in the big leagues as a lefty reliever, even without a reliable secondary pitch. The 2013 season will be a make or break year for Oliver.

15. Endrys Briceno (RHP)
Much like Edgar De La Rosa, Briceno is an intriguing right-hander that may be new to Tiger fans. Briceno's numbers don't always look pretty, but what's hiding behind those numbers are the making of a potential number three starter. Briceno can pump four-seam fastballs in the 94-95 mph range and he sits just a half-tick lower than that. His breaking ball and change-up both show promise, though his change-up is a full grade better at this point, consistently showing as an average pitch. Briceno also shows flashes of locating all three pitches anywhere in the strike zone, giving him another weapon in his arsenal. It is still going to take some time for the 20-year old Briceno to really breakout, but keep his name in the back of your mind.

14. Harold Castro (2B)
After hitting .313 in the VSL as a 17-year old in 2011, the Tigers brought Castro stateside for the 2012 season, plugging him into the GCL lineup everyday. In 51 games he hit .311 with 17 extra-base hits and 15 steals, making him one of the more interesting players on the Tigers rookie-league club. Castro has a knack for hitting and shows good gap power despite his skinny frame. His defensive actions are rough at present but he does have the raw tools to handle second base. He is a heady player with solid speed and he should be able to steal 15-20 bases annually. Castro is in line for a full-season assignment in 2013 and a strong performance with West Michigan could signal his coming out party.

13. Will Clinard (RHP)
Possibly one of the most surprising names on this list, Clinard was only a 19th round pick in June. The Vanderbilt product mowed through two levels in no time, compiling a 2.41 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings with both Connecticut and West Michigan. Owner of a four-pitch mix, Clinard can run his fastball up to 94 mph when he needs it and he also mixes in a slider and change-up. His most potent weapon is a filthy cutter that sits at 89-91 mph with incredible cutting action. On top of that, Clinard relishes attacking hitters on the inner third and he shows no fear on the mound. Not only does he have the potential to move quickly through the organization, but Clinard's raw ceiling reaches into the realm of the setup reliever.

12. Eugenio Suarez (SS)
Suarez spent two summers in the VSL before burning through the GCL and Connecticut during his Stateside debut in 2011. With West Michigan in 2012, the multi-tooled Suarez broke out and vaulted himself to the top of the Tigers middle-infield rankings. Suarez is a quality hitter with a solid approach and the strength to find the gaps with ease. He is still raw at the plate and needs to develop better pitch recognition and discipline, but his raw tools intrigue. Defensively, Suarez stands out as a plus defender with a plus arm. He has the chops to stick at shortstop long term, thereby increasing his prospect value. The Tigers have long sought a permanent solution at shortstop, and while scouts are mixed about his projection as an everyday guy, there is little doubt he is the best hope currently in the organization.

11. Tyler Collins (OF)
Collins hits everywhere he goes, including in Lakeland after a two-level jump to the High-A Florida State League in his first full season of pro ball. Offensively, Collins has a plus bat and the potential for average home run power, supplemented by plenty of doubles. He controls the strike zone well and makes plenty of contact on a variety of pitches. He is also an above-average runner with solid instincts on the bases. Most scouts view Collins as a below-average defender with a below-average arm, limiting him to left field and putting tons of pressure on his bat. For those that believe in his ability to hit for average and power, Collins profiles as a solid regular in left field. For those that harbor questions about his the ultimate ceiling of his bat, Collins looks like more of a tweener or bench bat.


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