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Rick Porcello (Richard Morris/SHP)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Rick Porcello
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, NJ
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:195 lbs.
Report Date(s):04/09/07
Game(s):Morris Knolls HS
Scouting Video:

Focus Area
Fastball:Porcello ran his fastball up to 96 mph and was throwing 94-95 mph very comfortably.
FB Movement:Porcello showed good movement with his two-seamer and his four-seamer was simply overpowering. The ball was jumping out of his hand.
Curve:Porcello threw his curve in the low 70s.
Slider:His slider sat at around 80 mph.
Changeup:Porcello threw a change in the 80 mph range and it was a much-improved pitch from last summer.
Control:Porcello's command and control were a bit of a concern over the summer, but he began to answer those questions with outstanding command in this outing.
Poise:Porcello was never really challenged in this game, but he showed excellent poise on the mound.
Physical Description:Porcello is a tall, lanky and projectable right-hander with an easy, smooth delivery.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Where do you start? He's got four pitches, especially if the changeup continues to improve, with a plus, plus fastball, great command and terrific mechanics.
Weaknesses:Command of his breaking pitchers hasn't always been there in the past, though it was not an issue in this outing. Pitching in the Northeast, he doesn't get to pitch during the season as much as his colleagues in southern California or Florida.
Summary:There are several interesting arms in the Northeast this year and Porcello belongs at the top of that list. With an oustanding fastball and the possibility of three other above-average to average offerings, he could very well find himself one of the top high school pitchers taken in June.