25-Year-Old Pitcher – Detroit Tigers
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
While Porcello still hasnít lived up to the promise he showed as a rookie in 2009, he did take significant enough strides in 2013 to be considered a decent middle-of-the-rotation option. Porcello post...
Rick Porcello Contract Information:
Agreed to a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Tigers in January 2014, avoiding arbitration.
Porcello allowed five runs on 10 hits and no walks Friday with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings to earn his first loss of the season.
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2014 Stat Review for Rick Porcello As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)
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Detroit Tigers Roster
MajorsAlburquerque, Al (P)
AAAlbernaz, Craig (C)
A+Burgos, Alex (P)
ASchotts, Austin (OF)
RookieCrawford, Jonathon (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
On the surface, the 2012 season looked like another season stuck in neutral for Porcello. The former first-round pick finished 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA while making 31 starts for the third time in four seasons. Despite the lack of huge statistical jump, Porcello showed some improvements in his fourth season. He gained velocity on his fastball, jumping from an average of 90 mph though his first three seasons to 92 last year. Porcello also posted career-best marks in strikeouts (5.5 K/9), groundball rate (2.2 GB/FB) and FIP (4.02). His .350 BABIP also hints at a bout of bad luck. As a groundball pitcher with low strikeout totals, Porcello is not the best fit with Detroit's weak infield defense, but there are signs of a potential turnaround for the 24-year-old righty. His spot in the rotation could be in danger after Detroit re-signed Anibal Sanchez, but come Opening Day we expect Porcello to be in a starting rotation, whether it is for the Tigers or another major league squad. He is still young enough to live up to his pedigree and should be a solid rotation filler in deeper formats.
While not as solid as his rookie season, Porcello was able to bounce back from a down 2010 campaign to show heís still capable of living up to his first-round pedigree. For the second time in his three-year career, Porcello finished 14-9. He lowered his ERA from 4.91 to 4.75 while posting a career-best 104:46 K:BB ratio in 182.0 innings. The low strikeout totals still donít invoke a pitcher with Porcelloís type of arsenal, so thereís still plenty of room for growth in the category for the young gun. At 23, Porcello has already proven heís a capable major league pitcher, but heíll need to continue showing progression in making batters swing and miss before taking that next step.
After a stellar rookie campaign, Porcello took a step back in 2010, finishing the season 10-12 with a 4.92 ERA and 1.389 WHIP in 27 starts. While Porcello started the 2010 season slowly, he was able to turn things around after a brief stint in the minors, posting a 6-5 record and 4.00 ERA after the break. The 22-year-old sports a mid-90s fastball and solid secondary pitches, which includes an improving slider that induces loads of groundballs. Unfortunately, his solid arsenal hasn't translated into high strikeout totals, as Porcello has managed just 4.7 K/9IP through two seasons. Despite his struggles last season and lack of strikeouts, the former first-round pick remains an intriguing talent with plenty of upside. That upside alone makes him worth looking at late in drafts as you fill out your rotation.
The former first-round pick completed his rapid ascent to the majors last year by being a surprise addition to the rotation out of spring training. The 21-year-old right-hander didnít disappoint, finishing 14-9 with a 3.96 ERA and 1.336 WHIP in 170.2 innings. The one area where he didnít impress was in strikeouts (89), but that total should increase as Porcello matures and learns how to keep hitters off balance by mixing in his secondary pitches better with his upper-90s fastball. The Tigers were understandably cautious with Porcello, as the team limited his innings and pitch counts during his first season of professional ball, but we should continue to see improvements in most categories as the reins are loosened.
Porcello, Detroit's top pick in 2007, posted a 72:33 K:BB ratio in 125 innings at High-A Lakeland as a 19-year-old. Porcello did not use his slider for most of the season, which enabled him to focus on his curveball and change-up. Don't let the lack of strikeouts scare you away from him in your prospect drafts. The lack of a slider likely accounted for the lower-than-expected strikeout numbers from a pitcher who works in the mid-90s with his fastball. Porcello could get a chance to compete for a rotation spot in the spring but that would be rushing him. It is more likely that the Tigers push him up to Double-A, and at 20-years-old he'll be among the youngest players at that level. The future looks bright.
Universally regarded as the best high school pitcher in the 2007 draft class, Porcello fell to the bottom part of the first round due to his ties to agent Scott Boras and a scholarship to North Carolina. Porcello didn't pitch after being drafted as the Tigers opted to have him start a throwing program. He can hit 97 mph and works in the mid-90s with his fastball. He has a plus change-up and two quality breaking balls. The Tigers think he could be the anchor of their rotation down the road but like all young arms, he'll need to stay healthy.