Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello is off to a fantastic start in Spring Training and everyone involved in the organization is hoping the four-year player’s success will transition well into the 2013 Major League Baseball season.
Porcello is projected to be Detroit’s fifth starter in the rotation. The Tigers are expecting big things out of him this season after a somewhat successful year in 2012. If the team wants another shot at a World Series ring, they will need players who are not as well-known, such as Porcello, to step up big this season.
The 24-year-old is the only pitcher to start four games this spring for Detroit. He is 2-1 with a 2.08 earned run average and 14 strikeouts in 13 innings without surrendering a single walk. Against the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon, he gave up only three singles over five scoreless innings to help lead the Tigers to the 2-1 win.
What Porcello has been able to accomplish so far this spring is inspiring and certainly a confidence booster, but he understands that just because he is pitching well does not mean he cannot improve his game.
“Everything’s coming out of my hand good,” Porcello said, according to mlive.com. “I have command of all of my pitches right now. I’ve got to keep working on getting ahead of guys, locating the fastball down in the zone and that sort of thing.”
Detroit is excited about what the possibilities are for the 2013 season if Porcello is able to compete at a high level. Obviously, the question at this point is if the right-hander is capable of continuing this hot streak once April rolls around. Considering Porcello has steadily shown improvement over the past three years after his breakout rookie season shows that he could be ready to take his game to the next level. Not to mention, the fact that he is surrounded by three very talented starters will also help his cause.
The Tigers had one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball last season and they are hoping to build on that this year. Seven players have made starts for the team and their combined 2.05 ERA leads the majors in Spring Training.