As wild as Dontrelle Willis has been (a walk per inning), he has actually out pitched both Miner and Nate Robertson this spring. Of course, Rick Porcello is pitching better than any of them so far and looking more and more like the fifth starter each day. Lynn Henning certainly thinks so. More importantly, Jim Leyland likes him:
Other bloggers are also discussing the possibility that Porcello will get a spot in the rotation. Billfer is noncommittal but lays out the pros and cons. Mack Avenue Kurt thinks that Porcello will be the fifth starter. I agree with Kurt.
"Do I think he's one of those guys? [good MLB pitcher I assume] Yes, I do.
"Do I know for sure? No.
"He's a young, above-average pitcher with very good stuff."
Another pitcher making a lower profile bid for the staff is last year's first round pick Ryan Perry. He's more of a long shot but he has pitched well this spring. Today, he pitched a perfect seventh.