LETS GO CUBBIES...LETS GO DUKE!!!
Rizzo, Barney, Castro and Stewart is shaping up to be a pretty good infield defense and could pay dividends for a sinkerballer ground ball pitcher like Porcello coming over.
I wouldn't trade Garza or Shark for him but if he could be had at the right price I'd be OK with Porcello.
Porcello also throws very hard. He could very well improve his K numbers.
And then. He made them pancakes.
To further that:
Porcello peaked in peak velocity at about 97 in early 2010. Basically, he has an arm strong enough get to 97, yay good. It's nothing out of the realm from his scouting reports as an amateur or possibly even prospect, I forgot.
Anyway, last year he hit 95 more than any other season in his career, threw a couple of games where he was 92-94, and averaged 92 on the season.
Hard sinker...groundballs...wind less of a factor in either direction...Cubs have a nice infield D...he's showing at least one good speed pitch in his career as a season, and needs to figure out what breaking ball he gets the best results with as a pro. I want him to start throwing the curveball again.
Basically Porcello just might be America.
Cubs get Castellanos Porcello Schoop Matszu
Tigers get Hardy Marmol
O's get Garza Peralta
who says no?
tigers are paying Castellanos for Garza value who the O's would want for Hardy
Cubs get: Porcello, Castellanos, Schoop, Matusz, E. Rodriguez
Tigers get: Garza, Hardy
Orioles get: Rondon, Marmol, Soriano, Crosby
I'd sign the bottom line on that^
I really doubt we're dangling Garza on this trade though.
I watched some Porcello clips on mlb, dudes got some nice movement on his pitches. Like Carlos Zambrano when he was good movement.
I hope the "Appel" doesn't fall far from OUR tree.
I don't see this happening. I think if it did, Barney would definitely be going somewhere, because if Hardy is leaving, Baltimore's going to want someone. I'd like this:
Cubs get: Porcello, Castellanos,and Matusz
Tigers get: Hardy, Marmol, Vitters
Orioles get: Soriano + cash, Barney, and Bowden.
Living here in Michigan I watch a lot of Tigers games and one of the reasons for his #s is that he's a ground ball pitcher and Detroit's defense blows. It has for a few years and it got worse last year with Cabrera moving from 1st to 3rd. They have a horrible platoon at 2nd, Peralta has no range at short and Fielder is below average at 1st. I think Porcello would definitely benefit from a) moving to the NL and b) from the improved infield defense. I think he has the stuff to have better K numbers and is still young enough to improve.