Since it's the offseason, and I'm a huge baseball guy, I figured I'd start another discussion on it. Today, Porcello became the first pitcher since 1985, aged 20 or under, to win 5 consecutive starts. The last one...Dwight Gooden...discuss
OT: Rick Porcello
My mom thinks he's hot. I reminded her that he's younger than my little brother. I think that made it worse.
along with my Mom, both find him very attractive. That bastard...he's pitching in MLB, making $2 mil...and he's younger than me!!!
Porcello is smokin hot.
Er.. I mean smokin hot, as a pitcher.
I have yet to see young Mr. Hotbod Handsomeface (no homo) throw. What kind of stuff does he have?
Low-to-mid 90's fastball with a lot of sink to it. Plus curve with tons of break. He throws it at about 78-83. Change is still a work, but it has nice movement at times. It sits in the low-to-mid 80's. Very good variety of speed. Lots of movement on the pitches. Most of the stuff hit off of him are weak grounders and popups. Nice control. Not a big strikeout guy yet though. Very poised on the hill. Mature beyond his years. A superstar in the making, IMO.
P.S. His mechanics are stellar. He works fast. Reminds me of Verlander a lot.
I was at the game last Friday and I really like this kids mental approach to pitching. He just 'rocks and fires' and throws a ton of strikes. At one point, I think he had thrown 48 strikes and 12 balls. I was so sick of watching all of the walks last year, I am really loving the aggressive streak.
he would 'rock and fire' me.
Porcello has a great arm and mentally he seems to have it together, we will know more when he goes thru an inevitable downturn.
I have been impressed with Willis and his ability to fight thru his difficulties.
Went to the Mudhens game last night and Bonderman happened to be pitching, as someone mentioned last week, he is not ready for the big leagues. Bonderman's velocity seemed down and guys were pulling almost everything he threw.
IMO..give him the time he needs to get the arm strength where it needs to be. The rotation is fine right now without him.
It's ironic that him hiring Scott Boras as his agent before the draft actually helped the Tigers ability to draft him since most teams were scared off.
I love Scott Boras. The combination of him and the Tigers ability/willingness to spend helps get guys like him. Remember, Porcello was viewed as a top 5 pick and we got him at 27.
Yahoo comes out with a front page article about him.
even Leyland acknowledged that he was good looking
There's an admirer you DON'T want.
Leyland looks over with doe eyes and passes notes in the dugout:
I think UR2Cute. I like you. Do you like me too?
__Yes __No __Maybe
Also leads rookie starting pitchers (a huge sampling of the MLB population, I know ...) in VORP this year. 2nd overall in rookie pitchers behind some jobber relief loser.
He is going to win 9 Cy Youngs and throw 12 no hitters. Book it.
I hope they keep his innings down so they do not wear out his arm. Keep in mind this is his second year of pro ball, and last year did not pitch that many innings.
MarkPrevious: I think innings are overrated. I more than doubled my innings from minors to the show in my first year and i'm fine
MarkPrevious: also, if you could throw a rope down here gently to the bottom of this well it would be much appreciated
MarkPrevious: oh god I tore my labrum trying to scratch my wrist
Mark Previous...Like Mark Prior, except not. Everyone get it? Huh, do ya, do ya??
Seriously though, Prior's mechanics were horrible. He was an injury waiting to happen. Porcello has very good mechanics. While I would expect him to tire out, I am slightly less worried about long-term injuries than I would be if he were more like Prior. But who knows. Keep the fingers crossed.
I think blaming overuse entirely for Priors injuries is a little overboard - I remember the SI article on Lincecum where they had a couple guys saying Prior was an injury waiting to happen due to his mechanics - but he's a running joke in the Dugout over at AOL Fanhouse.
Prior also pitched like 130 pitch games repeatedly. I'm sure that didn't help. Besides, Dusty Baker could have actually taken steps to fix his mechanics instead of letting him through 140 pitches repeatedly.
Here's something I've been thinking about. Is anybody worried that Verlander throws too many pitches before being taken out, or are people pretty confident that his mechanics are smooth and that he should be fine?
He does sometimes, but I'm pretty sure his delivery is smooth.
Dusty doesn't believe in your voodoo witch doctor "mechanics" and nerdy "pitch counts"
I can't figure out your avatar. What is it, some sort of genitalia? I really want to know.
I'm so very excited about his future in the Tigers rotation. Here's another piece some of you may find interesting:
Porcello has got to be considered the leading candidate for AL ROY.