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Porter had a decorated high school career at St. Mary's Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.), winning three state championships in three seasons, Gatorade state player of the year honors in 2021 and 2022 and Gatorade's national award in his senior season. Though he was MLB Pipeline's top-rated pitching prospect in the 2022 Draft, the Rangers managed to float him to the 109th pick, where they used the savings from taking Kumar Rocker at No. 3 to pay Porter a fourth-round-record $3.7 million. He logged a 2.47 ERA with a .160 opponent average and 95 strikeouts in 69 1/3 Single-A innings during his 2023 pro debut, though he also walked 42.

Porter's fastball and changeup ranked among the best in the 2022 prep class and lived up to their billing in his introduction to pro ball. He can operate at 94-97 mph deep into games and touch 100 with his four-seamer, which features plenty of run and carry. His low-80s changeup has excellent velocity separation from his heater and confounds hitters with its tumble and fade.

After showing inconsistent feel for spinning the ball in high school, Porter has scrapped an upper-70s curveball to focus on a mid-80s slider that's becoming a solid offering. The biggest question now is whether he'll control and command his pitches well enough to pitch in the front half of a rotation. He's strong and durable but struggled last year to maintain his high-tempo delivery, and several scouts outside the organization project him as more of a late-inning reliever.

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Round Rock, TX | Pacific Coast League
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