According to the Detroit News, "The Tigers told rookie right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello on Wednesday that he has earned a spot in the starting rotation. The news follows an impressive outing Tuesday by Porcello, 20, who allowed two hits over five innings in a 7-2 loss to Washington."
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No doubt this move was brought on due to Bonderman still getting over his injury from last year and Nate Robertson's ineffectiveness. If either one of those guys were ready to go and pitched well this spring, you can bet that Porcello would have been sent back to the minor leagues (probably down to AA Erie but perhaps AAA Toledo). But the Tigers are trying to win right away and they are optimistic that Porcello can handle the big jump to the majors, keep an eye on him everyone he could be a big time sleeper!!
NikkiSixx wrote:Wow...I cant believe they are bringing him to the starting rotation already.
Yeah I was surprised too, but it's nice to talk fantasy ball to someone who's must be a big Motley Crue fan like I am. He's only a year out of HS, we'll see if he can handle the jump. Going from High Class A ball to the big leagues is a HUGE jump....Pujols is the last one I know of who did it successfully. Think he'll handle it just as well??
I like him a lot going forward...for a young pitcher that is. I watched his starts and his fastball has NASTY movement. But what I really like is that he is not trying to strikeout every batter. Instead, he has pitched for contact with that sinker that the Tigers helped him develop last year in the minors. That will keep the wear and tear off of the shoulder and elbow and will make him less homer prone than most young guys. He will have his bumps (see game 1), but I think he will be a good starting pitcher going forward. His control in the last start really impressed me.