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Rick Porcello
Rick Porcello Votes
Drafted: '07, 1st round (27 overall)
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2010

Heading into the 2007 draft, there was a solid consensus that Porcello was the best high school arm in the draft. Some thought he was the best arm, period, in the entire class. That's why he ranks this highly despite not having thrown a competitive professional pitch outside of instructs.

He dropped to the Detroit Tigers near the end of the first round because of bonus demands and boy, do they feel lucky. He's the complete package, with a build scouts love, plus, plus stuff combined with a command not usually seen in prep stars. High school pitchers are often a risky endeavor -- especially those who hail from the Northeast and thus haven't pitched as much as those from warmer climes -- but Porcello is about as safe a pick given those criteria as any. Look for him to climb the Tigers ladder quickly.