Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Better Know a Tiger: Rick Porcello

As we slowly inch toward the MLB regular season, here at DNR we will take a closer look at some of the key players in the Tigers’ pursuit of championship in 2012. Today, we check in on every mother’s nightmare and every schoolgirl’s dream, young right-handed starter Rick Porcello

Full Name: Frederick Alfred Porcello III.

Date of Birth: December 27, 1988 (23 years old)

From: Morristown, New Jersey

Height: 6’5

Weight: 200 lbs

High School: Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, NJ)

College: None

Journey To Detroit: Drafted by Tigers with the 27th pick in the 1st round of the 2007 Draft. Spent 2008 in A-Ball going 8-6 with a 2.66 ERA in 24 games. Joined Tigers’ rotation in 2009, finishing 3rd in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.

Best Season: 2009: 14-9, 3.96 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 115 ERA+

Worst Season: 2010: 10-12, 4.92 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 85 ERA+

2012 Salary: $3.1 million

Career earnings through 2011: $5.5 million



-Girls with low self-esteem

-Morning after pill

-Beating up Kevin Youkilis

-Date rape


-Detroit’s infield defense

-When girls say “no” and mean “no”

-Statutory rape laws

-Getting carded

-When it burns when he pees

-Kevin Youkilis

Did You Know?

-In Porcello’s senior year of high school, he went 10-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 63 innings pitched.

-Also in high school, Porcello was a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society.

-Rick’s grandfather, Sam Dente, was a MLB shortstop from 1947-1955 including playing for the Cleveland Indians in the1954 World Series.

-On April 9, 2009, Porcello made his MLB debut against Toronto’s Ricky Romero. This was the first time in MLB history that two first-round picks faced each other in their respective debuts.

Outlook for 2012

The training wheels are off and this is the year where Rick Porcello needs to show what kind of pitcher he really is. Many are projecting 2012 as the year he finally puts it all together. I tend to agree if the infield defense can handle the large amount of ground balls he induces on the mound. If not, his confidence could be ruined and it may turn into a long season for Kid Rick.

Up next: We take a break from the Better Know a Tiger stuff and I present an ambitious post that is guaran-damn-teed to piss off everyone that reads it in some way. Stop back probably Thursday evening for it. It'll be fun.


1 comment:

kalinecountry said...

Love the likes and dislikes...
Like most all Tigers fans, I think we expected a little more consistency last year from Rick, but he is still young and still learning. I do think he will improve the K/9, and hope he develops an 'out' pitch to lefthanded batters. At times he gets hit hard by them, other times, that pitch with tailback movement that drops in on the inside corner to lefty batters freezes them. Whatever that pitch is, 2 seam, sinker, hope he continues to improve and use it.