Another baseball player worth mentioning is Rick Porcello, an American professional baseball player who is a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. His promising career began in high school and turned pro right after graduation when he decided to pursue a college education to continue his professional career.
He joined the Detroit Tigers in 2007 and made his team debut in 2009, making him the youngest player in the American League at the time. Before the 2015 season, he moved to the Red Sox, where he improved his game and earned the AL Cy Young Award and AL Comeback Player of the Year in 2016.
Rick Porcello’s Biography
Porcello was born on December 27, 1988, in Morristown, New Jersey, where he grew up as Frederick Alfred Porcello III. He had a special time in relation to his baseball efforts at Seton Hall Preparatory School, New Jersey. In his final year at high school, he set a 10-0 record, scoring 103 strikeouts and a deserved run average of 1.44 from 63 pitch innings.
Upon graduation, Porcello was ranked #1 among high school candidates for inclusion in the MLB draft. Since he decided against a college education, he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. Rick’s $7.28 million four-year contracts made him the highest-paid high school student in the history of the sport.
Porcello spent his first season with the Lakeland Flying Tigers, a second division team. He had an impressive turnout and ended the season with an 8-6 record (in 125 innings), the lowest ERA score (2.66) in the FSL, and a special combined no-hitter in seven innings against the St. Lucie Mets.
He made his Tigers debut in April 2009 in a match against the Toronto Blue Jays. His first win in his professional career came when he scored three strikeouts in seven innings without walking three times and allowed one run. The game ended on April 19, 2009, with an 8-2 win over the Seattle Mariners. His improved contribution the following month made him the youngest pitcher since 1985 to win five straight times.
The Tigers had a record of 86-76 at the end of the regular season, while Porcellos ended 2009 with a 14-9 record and an ERA of 3.96. He finished second in the American Rookie of the Year award.
Due to his poor start to the 2010 campaign, Rick was nominated for the Toledo Mud Hens for one month. On his return to the Tigers on July 17, 2010, where he competed against the Indians, he achieved better results: eight innings, one run, six strikeouts, and no walks.
In 2011, he came to Detroit in 31 games and recorded a career highlight with 182 innings, 104 strikeouts, an ERA of 4.75, and a record 14-9. After agreeing to a one-year contract with the Tigers worth $3.1 million, he started 31 times in 2012, setting a 10-12 record with a 4.59 ERA. Although he missed out on a miserable 226 hits, he hit an incredible 107 batters throughout the season. Both scores were records in his career.
By signing another one-year contract with the team in January 2013, Porcello secured the team’s number 5 jersey, more or less sold his number 48 jersey to his teammate Torii Hunter and donated the proceeds to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. In the same season, he recorded his first complete game in his career at his 147th start in the Major League, beating an impressive 14 clubs in a row.
Rick Porcello signed another one-year contract worth $8.5 million for Detroit in his last season. This season he missed three complete matches (two of them in a row). This made him the first player in the history of the Tigers to score three consecutive losses, and the first since 2002 to record at least three losses in a single season. For the first time in his career, he finished the 2013 season with more than 200 innings.
Rick Porcello was transferred to the Boston Red Sox on December 11, 2014, and on April 6, 2015, wrote a four-year contract extension worth $82.5 million with a $500,000 bonus at contract signing.
After a relatively poor year in 2015, he recovered in 2016 by winning the Cy Young Award, the first MLB pitcher to record 20 season wins this season. He also led the league in victories, with career-high scores in strikeouts, innings, ERA, and WHIP. He was also named the AL’s Outstanding Pitcher at the end of the campaign, making him the fourth Red Sox pitcher to win this award.
Rick Porcello’s Family – Siblings, Married, Wife/Girlfriend
The Red Sox pitcher is the product of a baseball legacy. His maternal grandfather is Sam Dente. He played shortstop in Major League Baseball from 1947 to 1955. He played for five teams, including the Boston Red Sox. Rick’s older brother Zach is the baseball coach for the pitchers of the Seton Hall University baseball team. Porcello’s younger brother Jake graduated from the same high school as Rick – Seton Hall Preparatory – in 2009, but decided to pursue a college education at Seton Hall University, but was drafted by the Detroit Tigers the same year.
Based on a comment Rick Porcello made in an interview with NESN, there was a rumor that he was dating the on-air personality, Amanda Soucy. Soucy is a host and hostess for NESN Dirty Water TV, Bruins Daily Video, and Draft Kings TV. However, the two are said to have separated after about three years of the relationship.
Rick Porcello’s Body Stats
Porcello stands at a height of 1.96 m (6 feet 5 inches) and weighs 91 kg (200.6 lbs).