Buster Olney talked about Rick Porcello in a blog post this morning (LINK, $). To summarize, he talks about how Porcello got behind in his training last season due to an injured finger. Porcello says he didn't really feel 100% until later on in the season. He's started his training regimen early this year because he wants to be in better shape once the season starts in April.
It's great to hear that he's working hard, but do you think the early start on his training could affect him negatively toward the end of the year? If he shows continued improvement, he'll be a really solid option at the #4 spot in the Tigers' rotation.
And speaking of the Tigers' rotation, who do you think will be the #5 starter this year? As far as I know, Oswalt is still available; do you think DD would make an offer for him? I know there are some people who want Turner to be on the roster for Opening Day, but I think that's way too early for him. Personally, I wouldn't care if he stayed in the minors this entire season. Why rush him when we don't need to, and he's got things to work on? Other prospects you probably know are Andy Oliver and Drew Smyly. I think Oliver has some good potential. He gets a lot of strikeouts, but his overall command is really lacking. If he's put in the work this offseason to improve his slider and changeup, he's got a plus fastball and could do well in the 5 spot.
I'll be hoping that Smyly and Turner do well in Spring Training, but struggle enough that the Tigers don't move them into the ML rotation. I just think they need more time in the minors. I really hope Oliver shows improvement, though. We really need a serviceable lefty in the rotation.