Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
I think Rick Porcello has absolutely matched up to the hype so far. Obviously, he hasn't been perfect, and he will continue to have the occasional rough outing as he learns how to pitch at this level and continues to develop. There were also the unrealistic expectations that Rick would be a Verlander-like pitcher with a high-90's fastball and double digit strikeouts, but those were more observations of people unfamiliar with Porcello as a prospect. Rick, with just one season of minor league seasoning, is putting on display the skill that made him one of the top five prospects in all of baseball, and why he garnered so much hype coming out of high school. It's only been a little over a month and a handful of starts, but it seems the Tigers have made the right move with Porcello in bringing him up to Detroit now, as opposed to pushing more "seasoning" on him when he was ready to compete in Detroit now. Good for the Tigers, and most important, good for Rick.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
The hype is real folks. He was the best high school pitching prospect since Josh Beckett, and he's proving that to be true right now. I was told by Florida State League coaches and various scouts last year that they felt he could pitch and succeed in the big leagues right then, let alone this year. It may seem like a stretch as normal timelines go, but he's simply that talented. You're watching a pitcher that has everything needed to be a true big league ace for a long, long time. He's got a positively filthy sinker, an above-average change-up with improving command, and a curveball that flashes as a well above-average pitch. That's what you call a recipe for bing a stud. Not to mention he has poise and maturity beyond his years -- or anybody else's years really -- and he's also an extremely hard worker who wants to learn and improve at his craft. Rick Porcello was billed as a top of the rotation ace. Rick Porcello was paid like a draft pick with the talent to be a top of the rotation ace. As a 20-year old in the big leagues, Rick Porcello is showing flashes of becoming a top of the rotation ace. The hype was and still is real folks, and I think its clear that Rick Porcello is for real as well.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I think Rick Porcello has done more than match the hype. After getting off to a slow start, he has done a terrific job in allowing just two runs in his last three starts, which have all been wins. When he made the team out of spring training, there was some skepticism at how much he could contribute, but with Armando Galarraga slumping, and Jeremy Bonderman's return still off on the horizon, the Tigers are going to need Porcello to keep pitching well if they want to stay on top in the Central.
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