One of baseball’s top prospects has cast his lot with Donruss.
Rick Porcello, considered the top high school player in the 2007 baseball draft and the first-round pick of the Detroit Tigers, has signed a deal with the Donruss Trading Card Company to offer his first-ever autographed cards.
Porcello’s first certified autographs will appear in a set scheduled for later this summer. The 20-year-old right hander is the only first-round pick from the 2007 MLB First Year Player Draft who has previously not signed autographs for a trading card product. He was the 27th overall pick in last year’s draft and is considered one of the top pitching prospects in baseball.
Donruss does not currently have a license to produce Major League Baseball trading cards but does produce cards of young players.
"Donruss is a name I’ve known since I was a kid,” Porcello said in a Donruss news release. “I’m looking forward to signing for the company and seeing my first cards.”
As part of the deal, Donruss will receive a game-used jersey and cap worn by Porcello in the 2006 Cape Cod Classic, as well as a game-used fielding glove and a pair of cleats worn during minor league play. Porcello will also be featured on packaging and sales materials.
“Obviously, we’re thrilled to be offering the first Rick Porcello autographs,” says Ben Ecklar, Donruss Baseball Brand Manager. “We think a lot of Rick, and believe he’s going to bring even more value to our product lines.”
Porcello’s first signing for Donruss occurred in late June in Lakeland, Fla.
Porcello, in his first full professional season since graduating from high school last year, is pitching for the Class A Lakeland Flying Tigers and was the starter and winner for the West Division team in the 2008 Florida State League All-Star Game. His 2.73 ERA ranks among the leaders in the FSL.