TigsTown Roundtable: Porcello, Perry to Erie?

Ready to talk Tigers? Want to hear the opinion of the TigsTown staff? Welcome to the TigsTown Roundtable! This week's question: Will both Rick Porcello and Ryan Perry start the season in Erie?

Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
At this point in time, I'd be shocked if both don't start the season at Erie. The next logical step in Rick Porcello's career is for him to move up to Erie; he was arguably the most impressive pitcher in the Florida State League, led the league in ERA, and did so at just 19. Porcello should be in Erie. Perry, as well, will also be best served by going to Erie. He of course is a bit more of a wild card. Being a reliever (a position of need for the Tigers) and being more experienced, he could potentially jump to Toledo, or even straight to Detroit. However, Perry was by no means dominating at Lakeland in his brief appearance there, and at this point I don't see him suddenly putting everything together and proving himself ready for big league competition.

Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
The logical assignment is absolutely for Porcello and Perry to head to Erie to start the 2009 season. Porcello was positively exceptional at Lakeland as a teenager, and Perry pitched well enough in a brief stint at Lakeland, to warrant moving up. Porcello has absolutely nothing left to prove in High-A, is used to pitching in the north early in the season, and is as polished as pitching prospects come. If he's not ready for Doube-A at this point, then nobody is. The only way he doesn't start in Erie is if he absolutely blows people away in spring training, and catches the eye of Toledo Manager Larry Parrish. Perry on the other hand, has a pretty good chance to start the season anywhere from Erie to Detroit. The Tigers will give him a lengthy look this spring, but in the end, he lacks the finishing touches to really get MLB hitters out in critical situations. I think the Tigers will send Perry to Erie to close games, and I think he will be closing games behind one of the best starting pitching prospects in baseball; Rick Porcello.

Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I think Ryan Perry and Rick Porcello will probably wind up at Erie, although an outstanding performance in spring training could allow them to move up. Being from New Jersey, Porcello has pitched in cold weather back in his days in high school, so that shouldn't be a factor. Perry could get a long look to make the big-league team out of spring training, but I think the Tigers would like to give him the opportunity to close and give him that experience. Obviously, things could change dramatically if both have outstanding springs, but for the time being, I see both at Erie.

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