Rick Porcello, Starting Pitcher, Boston Red Sox, #22
Date of Birth: 12/27/1988
Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey
Current Salary: $20,125,000
Rick Porcello, starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, was a top pitcher in high school. In his senior year, he finished with a 10-0 win-loss record and a 1.44 ERA. In May, 2007, he pitched a perfect game. That same year, he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and he signed a four-year, $7.28 million contract with them. He pitched in their minor league system for a year before being called up to the majors.
Porcello pitched 170.2 innings in 31 games with the Tigers in 2009. He finished the season with 14 wins to 9 losses and a career low 3.96 ERA. Although he had a good 2009 season, the next year he was back pitching in the minor leagues. He finished his minor league career with a 9-8 record and a 2.76 ERA.
In 2011, Porcello was back with the Tigers, pitching 182.0 innings in 31 games. He finished the season with a 14-9 record and a 4.75 ERA. He signed a one-year, $3.1 million contract with the Tigers in January, 2012.
Porcello signed a new one-year, $5.1 million contract with the Tigers in January, 2013. He pitched in 32 games in 2013 and he finished the season with a 13-8 record and a 4.32 ERA.
In January, 2014, Porcello again signed a one-year contract with the Tigers, this time valued at $8.5 million. He finished the 2014 season with the 2014 season with career highs in innings pitched (204.2) and wins (15 to 13 losses). He had a career low ERA of 3.43 with 129 strikeouts to 41 walks in 32 games.
On December 11, 2014, Porcello was traded to the Red Sox. In 2015, he spent the month of August on the DL with triceps soreness and inflammation. He finished the season with a 9-15 record, a career high 149 strikeouts to 38 walks, and a 4.92 ERA in 172.0 innings in 28 games.
Porcello had his best season in 2016, finishing with a career low ERA of 3.15 and career highs in wins (22 to 4 losses), strikeouts (189 to 32 walks), innings pitched (223.0), and games played (33). He led the American League in wins and he won his first Cy Young award in 2016. He didn't fare well, however, in the postseason, pitching 4.1 innings in 1 game and giving up 3 hits and 5 runs.
Career pitching statistics for Porcello through 2016 include:
- 245 games played
- 1,468.1 innings pitched
- 107-82 win-loss record
- 993 strikeouts to 333 walks
- 4.20 ERA
Porcello's grandfather, Sam Dente, was a major league shortstop from 1947 through 1955. He played for the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, and Cleveland Indians.