Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
The move to send Rick Porcello down to Triple-A Toledo wasn't only a good one, it had almost become a necessity. While winning today is important, winning tomorrow is important too. The rationale for calling up Rick Porcello always hinged on his ability to continue to develop while still able to compete against major league hitters. That's obviously no longer happening - he's become over-reliant on his four seamer, his two seamer isn't generating the same movement, and his curveball has now completely disappeared from his repertoire. And the Tigers have a gem in Porcello, someone that could be a dominating starter for a decade or more. That skill and ability needs to be cultivated in his development years, and if that can't happen at the big league level, then Rick is best off letting it happen at the minor league level.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
Whether or not the move is a good one, I think it was a necessary move. Porcello has been struggling at the big league level, and no player should be immune to a trip to the minor leagues to get things right. Toledo pitching coach AJ Sager has had a positive impact on guys like Armando Galarraga and Max Scherzer in the past, and there is hope it could happen again with Porcello. In the end, I don't think Triple-A hitters are going to be much of a test for Porcello, and the trip may end up being nothing more than a confidence booster; but that may be enough to get him on track in the big leagues. He still has the stuff to work in the upper part of a rotation, and I think this might, at least in part, be the tonic that gets him back on that course.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
The move to send Rick Porcello to the minors was a good one. Given his performance thus far this year, it's pretty clear he needed to go to Toledo to work on things, and A.J. Sager seems to have been the perfect remedy for Max Scherzer and Armando Galarraga. Hopefully this trip to the minors will have a good ending, because if it does, not only will the Tigers' rotation improve, his progress could determine whether or not the Tigers elect to make a run at a starter before the trade deadline.
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