Rick Porcello was the one top prospect talked about this spring - displaying a power arm, impressive control, and all that having never made a pro appearance on the mound.
Porcello will begin his Tigers career at high-A Lakeland. There was debate as to whether or not he would start with Lakeland or one level lower at West Michigan, however due to concerns about the weather, as well as the polish Porcello showed when facing big league hitters left the organization confident Porcello could handle that level of competition.
Among the others sent to minor league camp, pitchers Macay McBride and Armando Galarraga were sent to Triple-A Toledo.
The rest of the players assigned to general minor league camp (but not a team) are catcher James Skelton; outfielders Matt Joyce, Clete Thomas and Wilkin Ramirez; shortstop Danny Worth and first baseman Jeff Larish.