Went to Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, NJ, 21 miles away from Citi Field...Grew up rooting for the Mets... Spent one season in the Minor Leagues before being called up and placed on the Tigers' 2009 Opening Day Roster.
Surpassed career milestones of 2,000.0 innings (2,037.1) and 1,500 strikeouts (1,507)...Finished the season one win shy of 150, ranking fifth among active pitchers with 149 wins.
In his 4th season with BOS, went 17-7 with a 4.28 ERA (91 ER/191.1 IP) over a career-hightying 33 starts ... Ranked among AL leaders in wins (T-4th), starts (T-3rd), IP (T-10th), and SO (14th, 190) ... Recorded a career-high 190 SO (previous: 189 in 2016) and a career-best 8.94 SO/9.0 IP (previous: 8.01 in 2017) ... Was 1-2 with a 9.15 ERA (20 ER/19.2 IP) in 4 starts vs. TOR, but 16-5 with a 3.70 ERA (71 ER/171.2 IP) in his other 29 outings ... Was 3-for-7 with 2 2B ... Is the only Red Sox pitcher with multiple XBH in a season since the DH was instituted (1973-present) ... Also doubled on 8/14 at PHI ... Won his first 5 decisions, the longest season-opening streak by a Red Sox -- all as a starter -- since his own 5-decision stretch to begin the 2016 campaign ... Held a 1.40 ERA (4 ER/25.2 IP) through his first 4 starts ... Gave up 3 ER or fewer in each of his first 7 starts ... Tossed back-to-back scoreless starts of 6.0+ IP and 0 BB on 4/12 vs. NYY and 4/18 at LAA, becoming the 4th Red Sox since 1908 with such a streak: Josh Beckett (2, 2009), Bill Monbouquette (2, 1964), Wes Ferrell (2, 1934) ... Did not issue a walk over 6.0+ IP in 3 consecutive starts from 4/7-18 ... Marked the longest stretch by a Red Sox since his own 3-start streak in 2017 (5/1-12) ... Issued 0 BB in 22.2 straight IP from the 4th inning on 3/31 at TB through his final frame on 4/18 at LAA ... Allowed just 1 run over 20.1 IP from the 2nd inning on 4/7 vs. TB through the 1st inning on 4/24 at TOR ... Retired 17 straight from the 2nd inning through the end of the 7th on 4/7 (7.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 7 SO) ... Carried a no-hitter through 6.0 IP on 4/12 vs. NYY, his 2nd consecutive start with 5.0+ consecutive hitless IP ... Held NYY to 2 hits over 7.0 scoreless IP on 4/12, his 2nd career start with 7.0+ IP and 2 hits or fewer (also 5/22/11 with DET at PIT) ... Was just the 7th Red Sox since 1908 to go 7.0+ IP with 2 hits or fewer in a start vs. NYY (previous: Frank Castillo, 8/31/01 at Fenway Park) ... After loading the bases with 1 out in the 1st inning (3 singles) on 4/18 at LAA, struck out Kole Calhoun and Zack Cozart to escape the inning unscathed ... Hurled 6.0 scoreless IP (W, 6 H, 6 SO) ... Allowed 2 ER or fewer over 6.0+ IP in 6 of his 8 starts from 5/29-7/8 (5-1, 3.38 ERA, 19 ER/50.2 IP) ... Limited the Twins to 1 hit over 7.0 scoreless IP on 6/21 at Target Field (BB, HB, 5 SO) ... Retired his final 16 batters spanning the final out in the 2nd inning through the final out in the 7th ... His start on 6/21 was his 2nd with 7.0+ scoreless IP in 2018 (4/12 vs. NYY, 7.0 IP) and his 1st on the road since 8/26/15 at CWS (7.0 IP) ... Earned the win on 7/2 at WSH (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 SO) ... Hit a 3-run 2B off Max Scherzer in the 2nd inning ... Became the 1st Red Sox pitcher with 3+ RBI in a game since Gary Peters on 9/4/71 vs. CLE (pinch-hit 3-run HR), and the 1st to do so while pitching since Sonny Siebert on 9/2/71 vs. BAL (3 RBI) ... Earned his 12th win on 7/23 at BAL, surpassing his 2017 season total (11-17) ... Tossed a 1-hitter on 8/3 vs. NYY (W, 9.0 IP, R, 9 SO, HBP), his only complete game of 2018 and the 10th of his career ... Retired his final 21 BF after Miguel Andújar led off the 3rd inning with a solo HR ... With his effort on 8/3 vs. NYY, joined Pedro Martinez as the only Red Sox with a 1-hitter vs. NYY in the last 50 seasons (9/10/99 at Yankee Stadium) ... Threw just 86 pitches on 8/3, the fewest by any pitcher in a 9.0-inning complete game since SF's Yusmeiro Petit on 9/9/14 vs. ARI (83) ... Recorded a season-high 10 SO with 0 BB on 8/14 at PHI (W, 7.0 IP, 2 H, R) ... Was his 5th career start with 10+ SO (last: career-high 13 on 9/1/15 vs. NYY) ... His outing on 8/14 followed Chris Sale's 12 SO and 0 BB on 8/12 ... According to Elias, it marked the 1st time Red Sox starters had ever recorded 10+ SO and 0 BB in consecutive team games ... POSTSEASON: Started 3 games and appeared in relief in 2 others, going 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA (6 ER/15.1 IP) ... In Game 1 of the ALDS vs. NYY, started the 8th inning and recorded 2 outs (0.2 IP, 0 R, 1 H) ... Started and won the Sox' ALDS-clinching victory over the Yankees (5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO) ... Threw a perfect 8th inning of relief in Game 2 of the ALCS vs. HOU (2 SO) ... Started Game 4 of the ALCS at HOU but did not factor into the decision (4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) ... Allowed only 1 run on 3 hits in 4.2 IP in Game 3 of the World Series at LAD (1 BB, 5 SO).
In his 3rd season with BOS, went 11-17 with a 4.65 ERA (105 ER/203.1 IP) in a team-high 33 starts...Reached double-digit wins for the 8th time in 9 ML seasons...Was the Red Sox' nominee for the Heart and Hustle Award, given to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit, and traditions of the game. Also was the club's nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for his community service efforts. Made 30+ starts for the 6th time in his career and eclipsed 200.0 IP for the 3rd time. Ranked among AL leaders in starts (T-3rd, 33), IP (5th, 203.1), SO (9th, 181), BB/9.0 IP ratio (5th, 2.12), and SO/BB ratio (7th, 3.77). Received 0 runs of support in 10 of his 17 losses, and either 1 or 2 runs in his other 7...Went 11-0 with a 4.18 ERA (43 ER/92.2 IP) when the Red Sox scored 3+ runs with him in the game...BOS went 15-0 in those games. Lost a ML-high 9 quality starts, the most by a Red Sox pitcher since Milt Gaston also lost 9 in 1930...Allowed 2 ER or fewer in 7 of his losses. Led MLB with 20 UER allowed, the most during a season by a Red Sox since Tim Wakefield in 2011 (22). Was 1 of 4 AL pitchers (1 of 8 ML pitchers) to toss multiple complete games (went 0-2 in CG). Threw 6.0+ innings in 19 consecutive starts from 4/19-7/28, the majors' longest streak of the season. Tossed 6.0+ IP in each of his first 13 road starts, extending his streak of such starts to 26 (5/28/16-9/16/17)...Marked the longest streak in MLB since Justin Verlander from 2010-12 (34). Made his 1st career Opening Day start on 4/3 vs. PIT and earned the win (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, BB, 5 SO). Recorded his 1,000th career SO on 4/9 at DET (Victor Martinez, 1st inning). Lasted 4.1 IP on 4/14 vs. TB, snapping a streak of 20 consecutive starts with 6.0+ IP...That had been the longest active streak in the majors and was the longest by a Red Sox since Derek Lowe in 2002 (22). His start on 4/14 vs. TB also snapped a streak of 43 consecutive starts with 5.0+ IP, the 3rd-longest streak by a BOS pitcher since 1920 (Curt Schilling-74, Luis Tiant-56)...It was the longest active streak in the AL. Went 1-4 in 5 starts from 4/19-5/12 despite posting a 2.20 ERA (8 ER/32.2 IP) with 34 SO and 5 BB in those. Issued 4 BB on 4/26 vs. NYY, snapping a career-long streak of 21 starts with 2 or fewer BB...Was the longest streak by a Red Sox since Curt Schilling (33, 2005-06). Reached 1,500.0 career IP on 5/1 vs. BAL. Allowed 4 ER in 6.1 IP on 5/17 at STL, snapping a streak of 14 consecutive quality starts on the road...That is the 3rd-longest streak by a BOS pitcher since earned runs became an official stat in 1913 (Martinez-16, Clemens-16). Gave up 1 ER in consecutive starts on 7/8 at TB (8.0 IP, CG) and 7/16 vs. NYY-G1 (6.0 IP), but lost both games. Received the loss in his next start on 7/23 at LAA, his 2nd CG (8.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, BB, 6 SO)...Became the 1st Red Sox to throw a complete game in consecutive road starts-and lose both-since Frank Viola in 1992. Won 4 straight starts from 8/3-20, tied with Chris Sale for the longest streak by a BOS pitcher in 2017. On 8/9 at TB, notched 3 SO on only 9 pitches in the 5th inning, 1 of 4 known immaculate innings in Sox history. Did not allow an ER over 7.1 IP on 9/16 at TB (5 H, R, BB, 3 SO)...Was his longest start without an ER as a member of the Red Sox. POSTSEASON: Started Game 4 of the ALDS vs. HOU but did not factor into the decision after allowing 2 ER over 4.0 IP (5 H, 3 BB, 4 SO)...Also tossed 1.0 relief frame in Game 1, retiring the Astros in order in the 8th inning.
Earned the BBWAA American League Cy Young Award after leading the majors in wins (22-4) and SO/BB ratio (5.91)...The Red Sox went 25-8 (.758) in his starts, including 17-3 in his final 20. Tabbed AL Comeback Player of the Year by MLB, Pitcher of the Year by the Boston chapter of the BBWAA, and AL Outstanding Pitcher by the Players Choice Awards. Earned the Boston BBWAA's Tim Wakefield Award for Community Service...Also won the BoSox Club of Boston Man of the Year Award for contributions to the success of the Red Sox and for cooperation in community endeavors. Honored by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Legacy Awards as AL Pitcher of the Year (Wilbur "Bullet" Rogan Award). Joined Corey Kluber as the only AL pitchers named on every Cy Young Award ballot...Received 137 points and 8 of 30 first-place votes, as well as 18 votes for 2nd, 2 for 3rd, 1 for 4th, and 1 for 5th...Justin Verlander was the runner-up with 132 points and 14 first-place votes, marking the 1st time an AL pitcher won without receiving the most 1st-place votes...That had previously happened twice in the NL (1998-Glavine, 2009-Lincecum). Finished among AL leaders with a 3.15 ERA (5th, 15th in MLB), a 1.01 WHIP (2nd, 4th in MLB), a .230 opponent AVG (6th, 18th in MLB), 189 SO (8th, 16th in MLB), 223.0 IP (4th, 6th in MLB), 3 complete games (T-3rd, T-5th in MLB), 26 quality starts (2nd, T-2nd in MLB), and an .846 winning percentage (2nd, 2nd in MLB). Set career bests in starts (33), wins, ERA, innings, strikeouts, WHIP, opponent AVG, BB/9.0 IP, and SO/BB...Issued 6 fewer walks in 2016 (32) than he did in 2015 (38), despite throwing 51.0 more innings. His 22 wins were the most by a Red Sox since Pedro Martinez went 23-4 in 1999...Became the 17th pitcher ever to win 22+ games in a season for the Red Sox (accomplished 22 times). Recorded the 2nd-most quality starts (26) by a Red Sox in a season since 1919, trailing only Roger Clemens' 27 in 1990...From 6/28 through the end of the season, recorded 17 quality starts in 18 outings, going 14-2 with a 2.58 ERA (37 ER/129.0 IP), a 0.92 WHIP, and a 7.71 SO/BB ratio (108 SO, 14 BB). His 5.91 SO/BB ratio (189 SO/32 BB) was the 7th-highest by a Red Sox in the last 100 years. Recorded the lowest WHIP (1.01) by a Red Sox since Pedro Martinez (0.92) and Derek Lowe (0.97) in 2002. His 1.29 BB/9.0 IP ratio was the 2nd-lowest in MLB and the lowest by a Red Sox starter since Curt Schilling in 2006 (1.24)...Schilling and David Wells (1.03 in 2005) are the only Sox starters with a lower rate over a full season since Cy Young in 1908 (1.11). Walked more than 2 batters in a game only once...In 17 starts from 7/4 through the remainder of the season, posted a 9.09 SO/BB ratio (100 SO, 11 BB). Pitched 6.0+ innings in each of his final 18 starts (beginning 6/28), the longest streak in the AL in 2016 and the 2nd-longest by any pitcher (Bumgarner-19). Led the majors with 13 wins at home, the most by a Red Sox since Pedro Martinez in 1999 (13)...Ranked 4th in the AL at home with a 2.97 ERA (35 ER/106.0 IP), 3rd with a 1.03 WHIP, 2nd with a 6.85 SO/BB ratio, and 2nd with 0.68 HR/9.0 IP...His 1.10 BB/9.0 IP ratio at Fenway was the lowest by a Red Sox since at least 1913 (min. 100.0 IP). The Red Sox won each of his first 14 home starts...According to Elias, that tied the longest such streak to begin a season in club history (also Boo Ferriss in 1946). Won his first 13 decisions at home over 14 starts...According to Elias, is 1 of 5 ML pitchers since 1900 to win each of his first 13 decisions of a season at home...The others are Dallas Keuchel (2015 Astros), Boo Ferriss (1946 Red Sox), Tex Hughson (1944 Red Sox), and Larry Benton (1928 Giants). In 17 starts against AL East opponents, was 11-2 with a 3.28 ERA (43 ER/118.0 IP) and a 7.47 SO/BB ratio...Each of his final 10 outings against the division was a quality start (beginning 6/28), as he went 7-1 with a 2.63 ERA (21 ER/72.0 IP) in those games. Went 7-0 in 10 day games, becoming just the 3rd Red Sox starter since 1913 to make as many as 10 starts during the day without suffering a loss (also Bruce Hurst in 1988, 9-0; and Frank Viola in 1993, 5-0) (source: STATS). Went 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA (4 ER/25.2 IP) and a .180 opponent AVG (16-for-89) in 4 Interleague starts. Was 1 of 5 ML pitchers (1 of 3 in the AL) to earn the win in each of his first 5 outings of the season. Became the 1st Red Sox pitcher ever to win at least 20 of his first 23 decisions of a season. On 4/25 at ATL, threw 6.1 scoreless innings and went 1-for-3 at the plate, recording his 1st hit since 8/25/13 with DET at NYM...According to Elias, became the 1st Red Sox pitcher to record a base hit and throw at least 6.0 shutout innings since Daisuke Matsuzaka on 5/22/10 at PHI (8.0 IP, 1-for-2). Made his 2nd consecutive scoreless start on 4/30 vs. NYY (7.0 IP), the most shutout innings by a Sox starter vs. NYY since Josh Beckett on 4/10/11 (8.0). Went 8-0 over 13 starts from 5/22-7/29, his longest career stretch without suffering a loss. Walked a season-high 3 batters on 6/28 at TB, snapping a career-long streak of 19 consecutive starts with 2 or fewer walks allowed...It was the longest such streak by a Red Sox starter since Curt Schilling from 9/20/05-9/20/06 (33). Won 6 straight starts from 6/28-7/29, tying his career-long streak (also 4/20-5/17/14). Finished the 1st half 11-2 in 18 starts...His 97 1st-half strikeouts were a career high. Recorded 7.0+ IP and allowed 3 runs or fewer in 11 straight starts from 7/29-9/19, tied with Cy Young (1904) and Pedro Martinez (2000) for the longest single-season streak in Red Sox history (source: Elias)...No other ML pitcher had more than 6 consecutive such starts in 2016...The last pitcher with a streak that long was Clayton Kershaw (17 from 6/13-9/14/14). Threw complete games on 7/29 at LAA and 8/3 at SEA, the 2nd pair of consecutive complete games in his career (also 6/26-7/1/14 with DET)...Was the 1st Sox pitcher with consecutive complete games since Josh Beckett on 7/12/09 & 7/21/09. Earned his 100th career win on 8/9 vs. NYY. Earned his 18th win of the season on 8/29 vs. TB, becoming the 1st Red Sox to reach 18 wins before September since Derek Lowe in 2002 (18-6). From 8/24-9/19, issued just 1 BB over 6 starts (45.2 IP)...Posted a 0.74 WHIP over those outings, all quality starts. Earned his 20th win on 9/9 at TOR...Passed the 200.0-inning mark on 9/14 vs. BAL, joining David Price as the 1st Sox teammates with 200.0 IP each since John Lackey (215.0) and Jon Lester (208.0) in 2010. On 9/19 at BAL, threw his 3rd complete game of the season on 89 pitches, becoming the 2nd pitcher since the start of 2015 to throw as many as 9.0 innings with fewer than 90 pitches (also Jeff Samardzija on 9/21/15 at DET)...Prior to Porcello, the last Red Sox to do that were Roger Clemens (9/10/88 vs. CLE) and Aaron Cook (6/29/12 at SEA). Named AL Pitcher of the Month for September, his 1st career monthly honor and the 1st by a Sox pitcher since Clay Buchholz in April 2013...Recorded 6 quality starts in the month, going 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA (13 ER/43.1 IP), a .211 opponent AVG, and a 0.88 WHIP while striking out 37 and walking 4...His 4 wins tied for the AL lead in the month, while his 0.88 WHIP ranked 3rd and his 9.25 SO/BB ratio ranked 2nd. POSTSEASON: Started Game 1 of the ALDS at CLE and was dealt the loss (4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 HR, 0 BB, 6 SO).
Set a career high with a team-leading 149 SO over 28 starts in his 1st season with Boston... Returned from an August DL stint to post a 3.14 ERA (20 ER/57.1 IP) from 8/26 through the remainder of the season. Tied a career low with just 38 walks allowed (also 2010)...Placed among AL leaders in highest SO/BB ratio (8th, 3.92) and lowest BB/9.0 IP (9th, 1.99). Fanned 149 batters for a career-best 7.80 SO/9.0 IP ratio. Held opposing leadoff hitters to a .205 AVG, including .192 (5-26) when leading off the game. On 4/6, agreed on a 4-year contract extension with BOS through the 2019 season. Made Red Sox debut starting the 2nd game of the season on 4/8 at PHI...Held the Phils scoreless through the first 5 innings and left after giving up 3 runs on 6 hits over 6.0 IP...Took the loss despite posting a quality start. Earned 1st Red Sox win on 4/13 vs. WSH...Went 8.0 IP, allowing 3 ER on 4 hits in his 2nd straight quality start. The Red Sox won 6 of his first 8 starts (4-2, 4.26 ERA) before a career-long 7-game losing streak over 8 starts from 5/22-7/1 (8.18 ERA, 40 ER/44.0 IP). Made 200th career start on 7/29 vs. CWS...Was the 5th pitcher since 2001 to reach that milestone before turning 27. Landed on the DL for the 1st time in his career on 8/2 (retro to 7/30) with a right triceps strain...Made 2 rehab starts between Short-A Lowell and Triple-A Pawtucket (2.89 ERA, 3 ER/9.1 IP) before being activated on 8/26. Over his final 8 starts following his stint on the DL, ranked 16th among AL qualifiers in ERA (3.14) and was 8th in SO/BB ratio (5.18, 57 SO/11 BB)...Finished the 6th inning in each of those 8 starts, including 6 quality starts and 7 outings of 7.0 IP or more. In his return from the DL on 8/26 at CWS, delivered 7.0 shutout IP in a 3-0 Red Sox win. On 9/1 vs. NYY, fanned a career-high 13 batters in 8.0 IP, the most SO by a Red Sox pitcher all year... According to Elias, his 13 SO tied for the most ever by a Red Sox pitcher against the Yankees at Fenway Park (also Pedro Martinez on 5/30/01)...It was the most SO for any pitcher against NYY since Chris Sale fanned 13 Yankees on 8/22/12 at CWS. Fanned 45 batters in 43.1 IP over 6 September starts, the highest strikeout total in any month of his career...His 52 SO from 9/1 on were the most from that date on by a Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez tallied 71 in 1999.
Set career-bests in wins (15), ERA (3.43), and innings (204.2) in his final season with DET...Also tied career highs with 32 appearances and 31 starts...Led the AL with 3 shutouts while finishing T-2nd in complete games (3), 8th in wins (tied), 8th in walk rate (1.8 BB/9.0 IP), and 13th in innings...Induced 30 opponent ground into double plays, 2nd most in the majors...Had the 8th-highest ground ball-to-fly ball ratio in the AL (1.80)...Had the AL's 6th-lowest ERA on the road (2.66) compared to a 4.42 mark at home...Posted ERAs under 4.00 in each of the first 4 months of the season, and had ERAs under 3.00 in 3 straight months: June (2.91), July (2.78), and August (2.51)...Named Tigers Pitcher of the Month for both May and August...Went 12-5 with a 3.39 ERA (45 ER/119.1 IP) in 18 starts before the All-Star break...Produced a 3-8 record and 3.48 ERA (33 ER/85.1 IP) in 14 outings (13 starts) during the season's 2nd half...Won 6 straight starts from 4/20-5/17, the longest win streak of his career...Posted a 2.50 ERA in 39.2 IP during that stretch...Had a streak of 25.0 straight scoreless innings from 6/15-7/1, longest by a Tigers pitcher since Jose Valverde had a 25.1-innings stretch from 4/8/10-6/2/10...Tossed back-to-back shutouts on 6/26 at TEX and 7/1 vs. OAK, the 1st Tigers pitcher to do that since Jack Morris in 1986...Threw his 3rd shutout of the year on 8/20 at TB, giving him the most by a Tiger since Jeff Weaver had 3 in 2002...Made the only relief appearance of the season, the 4th of his career, on 8/10 at TOR (2.0 IP, 1 R)...Went 0-4 with a 6.20 ERA in September, raising his season ERA from 3.05 (9th-best in the AL after August) to 3.43 (17th-best in the AL at season's end)...POSTSEASON: Did not pitch in the ALDS, as the Tigers were swept in 3 games by the Orioles
Completed his fifth season with the Tigers in 2013, establishing a career high with 140 strikeouts...With 13 wins on the season, become one of just four active players to reach 60 wins before their 25th birthday -- he joins Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw and CC Sabathia as the only active players to accomplish the feat...Finished second in the American League with a 2.38 ground ball/fly ball ratio (302 ground balls / 127 fly balls)...Posted a career-high 11 strikeouts on May 28 versus Pittsburgh -- also reached double-digit strikeouts with 10 whiffs on September 16 versus Seattle...Compiled a 1-0 record and a 3.13 ERA (31.2IP/11ER) and 32 strikeouts in five starts during May...Named the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for July after he recorded the win in four straight starts July 5-July 28 -- posted a 2.08 ERA (26.0IP/6ER) during the month...Threw his first major league complete game September 10 at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field, holding the White Sox to one run on seven hits in the contest...Posted a 2-1 record, a 3.72 ERA (29.0IP/12ER) and 31 strikeouts in six appearances (four starts) during September...Lefthanded batters hit .301 (106x352) against him...limited righties to a .238 batting average (79x332)...Compiled a 6-3 record and a 4.55 ERA (89.0IP/45ER) and 79 strikeouts in 15 games at home...posted a 7-5 record and a 4.09 ERA (88.0IP/40ER) and 63 strikeouts in 17 games on the road...Posted a 6-6 record and a 4.80 ERA (99.1IP/53ER) and 80 strikeouts in 18 games prior to the All-Star Break...compiled a 7-2 record and a 3.71 ERA (77.2IP/32ER) and 62 strikeouts in 14 games (12 starts) following the break...Appeared in two games out of the bullpen for the Tigers during their postseason run.
Completed his fourth season with the Tigers in 2012, establishing a career high with 107 strikeouts.
... Won 10 games during the season -- has posted 10-or-more wins in each of his first four major league seasons, all prior
to turning 24 years old...according to STATS LLC, he became just the fifth pitcher since 1900 to begin his major league
career by posting a double-digit win total in each of his first four seasons prior to turning 24 years old...Chief Bender
(1903-07), Bert Blyleven (1970-74) and Dwight Gooden (1984-88) all did so in each of their first five seasons, while
Dennis Eckersley (1975-78) accomplished the feat in each of his first four seasons...prior to Porcello, no Tigers
pitcher had posted a double-digit total in more than two consecutive seasons to begin their career prior to turning 24
years old...George Mullin was the only Tigers pitcher to accomplish that feat, doing so in both of his first two seasons
... Allowed 216 hits during the season, the highest total in the American League...surrendered 11.53 hits per nine innings,
the highest total among all league pitchers.
... Tossed eight innings to earn the win on May 1 versus Kansas City -- matched a career high with eight innings pitched
...equaled the best with eight innings pitched in a win on July 21 versus the Chicago White Sox.
... Made the 100th start of his major league career on June 2 versus the New York Yankees -- became the 55th pitcher in
Tigers history to start at least 100 games.
... Did not surrender a home run in nine consecutive starts June 13-August 1, a stretch of 54.0 innings pitched.
... Did not allow a run or issue a walk as he tossed seven innings to earn the win on June 30 at Tampa Bay -- marked the
first time in his career he has tossed at least seven innings without allowing both a run and walk.
... Selected the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for June -- finished 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA (36.0IP/12ER) in six starts during the
... Suffered the loss in six straight starts August 12-September 10 -- the six-game losing streak matched a career long.
... Posted a 2.24 ground ball/fly ball ratio (330 ground balls/147 fly balls) -- third-best among all American League
... Lefthanded hitters batted .325 (123x378) against him...righties hit .294 (103x350) with Porcello on the mound.
Completed his third season at the major league level with the Tigers in 2011, establishing career highs with 182.0
innings pitched and 104 strikeouts...matched a career best with his 14 wins...Finished with 14 wins, marking his third consecutive season with 10-or-more wins -- became the first major league
pitcher to post three-or-more consecutive seasons with 10-or-more wins prior to turning 23 since Dwight Gooden did
so in four consecutive seasons with the New York Mets (1984-87)...Posted a 4-0 record and 1.59 ERA (39.2IP/7ER) over a six-start stretch April 15-May 22...Equaled a career high with eight innings pitched on May 22 at Pittsburgh -- tossed eight innings on July 29 versus the
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to match the career high...Earned the win on July 3 versus San Francisco despite hitting three batters and throwing three wild pitches --
according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he joined Houston's Joe Niekro (1985) and Tampa Bay's Victor Zambrano (2003)
to become just the third major league pitcher to hit three-or-more batters and throw three-or-more wild pitches in a
single outing in the last 40 seasons...all three pitchers earned the win in their respective outing...Matched a career best with a five-game winning streak July 3-29...Compiled a 5-0 record and 3.06 ERA (32.1IP/11ER) in five starts during July -- tied for the lead in the American League with five wins during the month...marked the second time in his career he finished a month with a 5-0 record, also doing
so in May of 2009...according the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first major league pitcher to have more than one month
with a 5-0 record prior to turning 23 since Wally Bunker did so at age 19 for the Baltimore Orioles in 1964...Posted a 3-1 record and 3.50 ERA (46.1IP/18ER) over his final seven starts of the season August 26-September 28...Finished 2-1 with a 3.55 ERA (33.0IP/13ER) in five starts during September...Posted a 1.74 ground ball/fly ball ratio (322 ground balls/185 fly balls) -- sixth best in the American League...Held righthanded hitters to a .248 batting average (72x290)...lefties hit .321 (138x430) against him...Finished 9-4 with a 4.00 ERA (99.0IP/44ER) in 17 starts on the road...posted a 5-5 record and 5.64 ERA (83.0IP/52ER)
in 14 starts at home...Started Game Four of the American League Division Series on October 4 versus the New York Yankees -- at 22 years,
nine months and seven days old, he became the youngest Tigers pitcher to start a post-season game.
Finished third on the Tigers staff with 10 wins as he completed his second season with the club in 2010 ... Tied for sixth in the American League with 2.1 walks per nine innings ... Started the Tigers home opener versus Cleveland on April 9 -- at 21 years old, he became the youngest pitcher to start
a home opener for Detroit since at least 1952 ... Suffered the loss in six straight decisions May 29-August 3 to establish a career-long losing streak ... Compiled a 2-3 record and 3.13 ERA (31.2IP/11ER) in five starts during May ... Optioned to Triple A Toledo by the Tigers on June 20 -- started four games with the Mud Hens before he was recalled
by the Tigers for the remainder of the season on July 17 ... Equaled a career high with eight strikeouts on July 29 at Tampa Bay ... Matched a career best with a five-game winning streak August 24-September 26 -- compiled a 2.98 ERA (42.1IP/14ER)
over the course of the six-start stretch ... Finished 7-5 with a 4.30 ERA (92.0IP/44ER) in 15 starts at home...posted a 3-7 record and 5.73 ERA (70.2IP/45ER) in
12 starts on the road ... Compiled a 4-7 record and 6.14 ERA (70.1IP/48ER) in 13 starts prior to the all-star break...went 6-5 with a 4.00 ERA
(92.1IP/41ER) in 14 starts following the all-star break.
Topped all American League rookies with 14 wins in his first season at the major league level with the Tigers in 2009...His 14 wins mark the most in Tigers history by a pitcher age 20-or-younger -- surpassed Dave Rozema, who won 11 games for the Tigers in 1977 before celebrating his 21st birthday on August 5...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became just the fourth pitcher age 20-or-younger since 1970 with 14-or-more
wins in a season -- he joined Cincinnati's Don Gullett in 1971 (16 wins), Minnesota's Bert Blyleven in 1971 (16 wins)
and New York's Dwight Gooden in 1984 (17 wins) and 1985 (24 wins)...Selected to Baseball America's All-Rookie Team following the season...Tabbed the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association Tigers Rookie of the Year...Made his major league debut on April 9 at Toronto, taking the loss after allowing four runs in five innings of work --
opposed Ricky Romero in his debut and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the first time since Major
League Baseball's Draft began in 1965 that two first-round selections making their major league debut squared off
against each other...Porcello became the first Tigers starting pitcher to make his major league debut against another
pitcher making his debut since Nate Cornejo did so at Texas on August 8, 2001 against Joaquin Benoit...at 20 years,
three months and 13 days old, he became the youngest Tigers pitcher to start a game in his major league debut for the
club since Bruce Robbins was 19 years old in his debut on July 28, 1979...Earned his first major league win on April 19 at Seattle, limiting the Mariners to one run over seven innings of work --
at 20 years, three months and 23 days old, he became the youngest Tigers pitcher to record a victory since Bruce
Robbins earned the win on August 28, 1979 at 19 years, 11 months and 28 days old...Became the youngest Tigers pitcher to start a game at Comerica Park at 20 years, four months and two days old, doing
so on April 29 versus the New York Yankees -- became the third-youngest pitcher to start a game at Comerica Park,
behind Seattle's Felix Hernandez at 19 years, three months and 26 days old on August 4, 2005 and Los Angeles'
Clayton Kershaw at 20 years, two months and 27 days old on June 15, 2008...Posted a five-game winning streak May 5-27, the longest winning streak by a Tigers pitcher age 20-or-younger since
at least 1954 -- marked the longest winning streak by a Tigers rookie pitcher since Armando Galarraga also won five
straight decisions July 23-August 19, 2008...became the fourth pitcher age 20-or-younger since at least 1954 to record
a streak of five-or-more victories in a single season, joining Fernando Valenzuela (eight, April 9-May 14, 1981), Dwight
Gooden (seven on two occasions, August 11-September 12, 1984 and July 9-August 10, 1985) and Wally Bunker (six,
May 5-June 1, 1964)...Won seven of his nine starts May 5-June 18 -- according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first major league
pitcher under 21 to win seven of nine starts since Dwight Gooden did so in 1985...prior to Porcello, the last American
League pitcher to do so was Jim Palmer in 1966...Compiled a 5-0 record and 1.50 ERA (30.0IP/5ER) over a five-start stretch May 5-27 -- according to the Elias Sports
Bureau, he is the second-youngest pitcher in major league history to post a 5-0 record with an ERA of 1.50-or-lower
over any five-start stretch...only Dwight Gooden, who went 5-0 with a 1.43 ERA over a five-start stretch at age 19 in
1984, was younger than Porcello...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the sixth pitcher since 1900 to win four straight starts while allowing
one-or-fewer runs in a single season prior to turning 21 years old as he did so over a four-start stretch May 5-22 --
joined Christy Mathewson (six straight in 1901 at age 20), Chief Bender (four straight in 1903 at age 19), Walter
Johnson (five straight in 1908 at age 20), Fernando Valenzuela (seven straight in 1981 at age 20) and Kerry Wood (four
straight in 1998 at age 20) in accomplishing the feat...Selected the American League's Rookie of the Month for May -- finished 5-0 with a 1.50 ERA (30.0IP/5ER) in five starts
during the month...topped all league pitchers with a 1.50 ERA during May, while he tied for the lead with five wins...
became second Tigers pitcher to ever win the award, joining Justin Verlander, who won the award in May of 2006...Collected two hits and two RBI as he earned the win on June 12 at Pittsburgh -- according to the Elias Sports Bureau,
he became the first Tigers pitcher to earn the win in a game in which he collected two hits and two RBI since Woodie
Fryman did so for the club on September 20, 1972 at Cleveland...Earned his 10th victory of the season on August 6 versus Baltimore in Detroit's 107th game of the season -- according
to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is only the second pitcher over the last 20 years to record his 10th win that early in a
season at age 20-or-younger...Felix Hernandez earned his 10th win for the Mariners in the club's 107th game of the
2006 season as well...Ejected on August 11 at Boston following a bench-clearing incident in the second inning -- served a five-game
suspension from Major League Baseball August 12-17...Fanned a career-high eight batters on August 18 versus Seattle -- equaled the high with eight strikeouts on October 6
at Minnesota...Finished 2-1 with a 3.16 ERA (31.1IP/11ER) in six starts during August...Defeated Ricky Romero and the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park on September 13 for his 13th victory of the
season -- according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked only the second game in the majors since 1968 to feature
rookie starters who both had already won at least 12 games that season...Kansas City's Tom Gordon defeated
California's Jim Abbott in Anaheim on September 27, 1989 in the other such match-up... Earned Tigers Pitcher of the Month honors for September as he posted a 3-1 record and 3.22 ERA (36.1IP/13ER) in
six starts -- tied for eighth in the American League with three wins during the month...Limited righthanded batters to a .248 batting average (69x278)...lefties hit .281 (107x381) against him...Posted an 8-3 record and 3.87 ERA (83.2IP/36ER) in 15 starts at home...finished 6-6 with a 4.03 ERA (87.0IP/39ER)
in 16 starts on the road...Compiled an 8-6 record and 4.14 ERA (87.0IP/40ER) in 16 starts prior to the all-star break...finished 6-3 with a 3.76
ERA (83.2IP/35ER) in 15 starts following the all-star break...Posted a 2.23 ground ball/fly ball ratio (312 ground balls/140 fly balls) -- second-best among all American League
pitchers...Tied for fifth in the American League with 24 grounded into double plays induced.
Led the Florida State League with a 2.66 ERA as he made his professional debut with Single A Lakeland in 2008...selected Lakeland's Pitcher of the Year...Selected to both the Florida State League's mid- and post-season all-star squads...Tied for second among all league starters with a .244 batting average against, while he finished fifth with 11.52
baserunners per nine innings...Topped all league pitchers with 55 total chances and 34 assists, while he tied for the lead with 17 putouts...Finished 13th in the Florida State League with a 2.37 ERA (30.1IP/8ER) in six starts during April...Earned Florida State League Pitcher of the Week honors for May 5-11 after winning both of his starts and allowing two
unearned runs in 11.0 innings of work during the week...Compiled a 2-1 record and 2.60 ERA (27.2IP/8ER) in five starts during May -- 11th in the league with a 2.60 ERA during the month...Posted a five-game winning streak over a 10-start stretch June 27-August 27...Finished 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA (20.0IP/4ER) in four starts during August...Limited lefthanded batters to a .230 batting average (44x191)...righties hit .253 (72x285) against Porcello...Named the top prospect in the Tigers organization and Florida State League following the season by Baseball America...rated as possessing the best curveball and changeup in the Tigers organization by the publication...
Selected by DET in the 1st round (27th overall) of the June Draft...Did not pitch after agreeing to terms on 8/15...Named the Tigers' top prospect by Baseball America after the season.