(December 27, 1988- )
Born in Morristown, New Jersey
Frederick Alfred 'Rick' Porcello III
Plays for the Boston Red Sox (2015 - )
Drafted by the Detroit Tigers 27th overall in the MLB Draft (2007)
Why he might be annoying
His nicknames are ‘Pretty Rick’ and ‘Slick Rick.’
He admitted to hating distance running during a fan interview.
He signed a letter of intent to attend the University of North Carolina, but pulled out to pursue a career in Minor League Baseball.
He damaged his (initially promising) draft prospects by hiring Scott Boras for his agent, scaring off teams as a result.
He started out his Sox career in the shadow of beloved pitcher Jon Lester.
He showed up to his introductory press box meeting at Fenway in a Sox pullover and sweatpants and then denied doing it on Twitter.
He received a five-game suspension following an incident in which he hit Kevin Youkilis with a pitch. Youkilis charged the field and the two wrestled before getting ejected from the field (Aug. 1, 2009).
He attributes his success on the field in part to his borrowing Trot Nixon's old habit of wearing the same baseball cap for the entire season.
He was party to the Red Sox's disastrous 2015 season, which saw a stunning eight-straight losses, putting them last place in the AL East.
Why he might not be annoying
He’s a passionate fly fisherman.
He graduated from Seton Hall Prep with a cumulative GPA of 3.94.
His grandfather is Cleveland Indians veteran Sam Dente, who played a role in the team’s World Series victory, in 1954.
He was persistent – spending years in the Minor Leagues before making his MLB professional debut.
When he officially debuted with the Tigers – two years after being signed – he was still remarkably the youngest player in the American league at the time (2009).
He’s skilled at changing his eyesight on various pitches, and is notorious for his signature curveball and sinker.
He ranked 20th, among all qualified MLB starters, with a walks/nine innings rate of 1.80, and ranked 25th in generating groundballs, at a rate of 1.80 (2014).
His poor first season performance with the Red Sox was attributed to a right-triceps strain which eventually landed him on the Disabled List for a month (for the first time in his career).
He made a startling comeback in the following season, playing a role in the Sox taking the lead in the AL East Division.
He became the first Sox pitcher since Josh Beckett eight years prior - and the 28th overall - to reach 20 wins in a single season (Sept. 9, 2016).
He upped that accomplishment less than a week later with a blowout ‘complete game’ against the Baltimore Orioles, picking up his 21st win of the season (Sept. 19, 2016).
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