Found February 23, 2012 on Fox Sports Detroit:
LAKELAND, Fla. -- It's hard to call Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello a veteran when you consider he just turned 23 in December. But Porcello is entering his fourth full season in the big leagues. "He's a baby," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Thursday morning before the pitchers and catchers went to work. "He's been around the circuit a little bit. He sees how good these guys are. He knows he's good. He knows he can compete. "He's getting an air of confidence about him. (He) went through the good, went through the bad, went through a little in-between. "Now he's settled in. I think he's going to be really good this year." In his rookie season of 2009, Porcello was really good with a 14-9 record and 3.96 ERA. His 14 victories were the most by a Tigers pitcher 20 years old or younger. In his second year, he was 10-12 with a 4.92 ERA, which included a stint at Triple-A Toledo to work on some things that weren't going wel...

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