TIGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH RICK PORCELLO

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms on a four-year contract with righthanded pitcher Rick Porcello from Seton Hall Prep High in West Orange, NJ, the club’s first pick (27th overall) in the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
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Porcello compiled a 10-0 record and 1.18 ERA as a senior at Seton Hall Prep High in 2007. He fanned 112 batters in 71 innings pitched, while issuing only 15 walks. Porcello fired a 77-pitch perfect game on May 12 against Newark Academy.
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He was selected USA Today’s High School Player of the Year in 2007, while he was tabbed a First-Team High School All-American by Baseball America and the Louisville Slugger High School Player of the Year in New Jersey. A 2006 Aflac All-American, Porcello was named the 2006-07 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year on May 31.
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The 6-5, 200-pound righthander was rated by Baseball America as possessing the second-best fastball and secondary pitch among all draft-eligible high school prospects this year, while he was rated as the third-closest high school prospect to reaching the major leagues.
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Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski, Vice President, Baseball Legal Counsel John Westhoff, Vice President, Amateur Scouting David Chadd, Porcello, Porcello’s parents Pat and Fred and Porcello’s representatives Scott Boras and Scott Chiamparino will be available on a conference call today at 2:30 p.m.Â
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Interested members of the media can join the call by dialing 1-800-288-8974 and asking for the Detroit Tigers call.

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