How top Tigers prospects are doing at the midway point: #21-30

Stacy Revere

We conclude our prospect updates with the final third of the top 30 prospects in the system.

The Tigers' farm system may not be brimming with premier talent like the Chicago Cubs, but there have been some solid performances among the organization's top prospects in 2014. Here's a look at how the final third of our countdown has fared. Remember, take some of the numbers here -- especially the pitchers -- with a grain of salt. Some guys may be focusing on certain aspects of their game. While results are important, development is the name of the game in the minor leagues.

Note: All stats are through Sunday, July 6th.

21. Casey Crosby, LHP
Level IP W-L ERA FIP WHIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9
AAA 17.1 0-0 5.71 5.88 1.62 6.23 6.75 1.04

To no one's surprise, Crosby has struggled with his command. The 25 year old lefty is in his first season of full-time bullpen duty and has displayed some serious reverse splits. Lefties are hitting .304/.407/.478 while righties are hitting just .186/.333/.302 for a .636 OPS. He has not pitched since May 17th due to an undisclosed injury.

22. Tyler Collins, OF
Level PA HR RBI K% BB% AVG OBP SLG wRC+
AAA 313 13 41 20.4% 9.6% .254 .329 .427 110
MLB 15 0 0 6.7% 20.0% .143 .200 .143 -7

Remember when Tyler Collins started the season on the Tigers' roster? That seems like a long time ago, but Collins' performance in Triple A is encouraging even if his brief cameo in the big leagues was not. Collins' high walk rate and solid home run power that he displayed in 2013 have translated to the highest level of the minors in 2014. He will likely get another shot to stick on the Tigers' roster at some point, but with J.D. Martinez's emergence, it may have to wait until 2015.

23. Kyle Ryan, LHP
Level IP W-L ERA FIP WHIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9
AA 101.0 5-8 4.81 4.69 1.36 5.52 2.41 1.16

The Erie Seawolves have the worst ERA in the Eastern League, at 4.97 through 93 games. The rotation has been especially bad, but Ryan has been the best of the bunch. He put together a solid June, allowing a 2.81 ERA and 2.57 strikeout-to-walk ratio in five starts. July has not been so kind, however. Ryan has allowed an 8.35 ERA and 1.034 OPS in three outings.

24. Tommy Collier, RHP
Level IP W-L ERA FIP WHIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9
AA 80.2 3-7 6.02 5.94 1.44 5.13 3.90 1.56

Collier is one of the other starters on Erie's brutal pitching staff, but his numbers are trending in the opposite direction. He struggled in June, allowing 15 runs in 23 1/3 innings. His two July starts have been much better, though he has more walks than strikeouts this month. This comes as no surprise, as he has just 48 strikeouts to 39 walks on the season.

25. Steven Fuentes, IF
Level PA HR RBI K% BB% AVG OBP SLG wRC+
A- 54 0 2 16.7% 5.6% .286 .340 .408 120

Fuentes, a 19 year old Dominican, made an impressive stateside debut in 2013. He hit .272/.353/.404 in 174 plate appearances in the Gulf Coast League. He is still a lottery ticket at this point, but his solid numbers in Connecticut are a good sign.

26. Zach Reininger, RHP
Level IP W-L ERA FIP WHIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9
A 28.0 1-1 2.57 3.16 0.96 8.68 2.89 0.32

Reininger has transitioned well to full season ball, allowing a WHIP under 1.00 while posting a strikeout-to-walk ratio above 3.00. Jordan pegged Reininger, the Tigers' 8th round pick in 2013, as a possible steal at that point in the draft prior to the season. It seems to be panning out, and it would not be a surprise to see him promoted at some point in the second half if the peripherals remain solid.

27. Will Clinard, RHP

Clinard has yet to appear in any game action in 2014 due to injury.

28. Connor Harrell, OF
Level PA HR RBI K% BB% AVG OBP SLG wRC+
A+ 336 7 38 26.5% 4.8% .266 .330 .391 111

Harrell's 2014 numbers are solid, but this is no surprise given his advanced age in the Florida State League. He is striking out at a high clip, but is getting on base at a decent clip. He has been hit by a pitch 14 times this season, which leads the league.

29. Buck Farmer, SP
Level IP W-L ERA FIP WHIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9
A 87.2 8-5 2.98 2.96 1.19 10.68 2.36 0.62

Farmer is a bit old for the Midwest League, so his solid numbers are not a surprise. However, scouting reports have looked favorably upon the 23 year old right-hander, citing an uptick in velocity over the past year. He has dominated right-handers, but lefties have a .734 OPS against him thanks to an 11 percent walk rate.

30. Kyle Lobstein, LHP
Level IP W-L ERA FIP WHIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9
AAA 101.0 6-8 3.74 3.65 1.42 7.66 2.67 0.71

Lobstein has been solid in his second go-round in Triple A, but his peripherals -- other than FIP -- have improved across the board. His home run rate was unsustainably low in 2013, but is still below league average this season. I would like to see Lobstein used as a left-handed reliever when rosters expand in September, but that does not tend to be the Tigers' MO.

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