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Detroit Tigers Links: Rick Porcello impressive in minor league start & breakout candidates for 2013

Rick Porcello looked really good against some overmatched minor leaguers yesterday, the Tigers rotation still isn't fully set for the first series of the season, & Bruce Rondon throws really hard. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


Detroit Tigers' Rick Porcello dazzles in minor-league start, continues to make case for fifth-starter job
MLive, James Schmehl
I'm just going to say it: if Porcello actually breaks out this year like we have been waiting for since 2009, this rotation is going to be stupid, stupid good.

Tigers formulate pitching plans for this week
Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
Unfortunately, this week's schedule gives us no clues about who will be lined up to start the second game of the season. The pitching schedule over the weekend and into early next week should reveal how the rotation will unfold during the first week of the regular season.

If I were Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland ...
The Detroit News, Tom Gage
...I would probably throw things at the media on a daily basis. And then continue with what he has been doing so far this spring.

2013 Preview: Detroit Tigers
HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
Among all hitters in MLB history through age 29 [Miguel Cabrera] ranks third in doubles, fourth in intentional walks, sixth in RBIs, seventh in extra-base hits, eighth in total bases, eighth in times on base, and is also in the top 20 for hits, homers, runs, and games.

Who’s Going to Throw 2013′s Fastest Pitch?
FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan
Not surprisingly, Bruce Rondon gets some love in this post. Justin Verlander also gets a mention, naturally.

Chris Tillman and Domonic Brown among breakout picks for 2013
ESPN Insider, Keith Law
I don't want to quote anything behind the Insider paywall, but Rick Porcello makes the list because of how he has looked so far this spring.

Minnesota Twins: Vance Worley looking like Opening Day starter, Mike Berardino
Ron Gardenhire doesn't want to give Jim Leyland time to prepare for his Opening day starter despite the fact that Leyland has already announced his lineup. Bold move there, Gardy.

John Danks injury: Torn shoulder capsule diagnosis makes for a tough road back
South Side Sox

"But the preliminary research is not promising given the names on the list: Johan Santana, Chris Young, Dallas Braden, Chien-Ming Wang, Pedro Feliciano, Tim Byrdak Mark Prior, Robb Nen, John Maine, Tomo Ohka and Rich Harden. As far as I can tell, none of those guys have come back to be the pitchers they were."