The Tigers on Sunday made the decision to option struggling right-handed starter Rick Porcello to Triple-A Toledo, according to the club’s official Twitter feed.
Fellow Detroit starter Max Scherzer met the same fate in mid-May and that has certainly worked out well. The 25-year-old former Mizzou Tiger and Diamondback regained his confidence against the lesser competition found at the Triple-A ranks and has racked up 33 strikeouts in 24 innings since being called back to the majors.
The Tigers will hope that the younger Porcello can match that success, or at least come close.
Porcello, 21, was drafted 27th overall in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft and posted a 3.96 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and a 14-9 record in 2009, finishing third in the American League Rookie of the Year Award voting behind A’s closer Andrew Bailey and Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus. He was optioned to Toledo on Sunday with a 6.14 ERA, a 1.69 WHIP and a 4-7 win-loss record.