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Full Name: Justin Brooks Verlander Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 5"/225 First Game: July 4, 2005
Birthdate: Feb. 20, 1983 MLB Experience: 5 years
Birthplace: Manakin-Sabot, Virginia
College: Old Dominion University
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Born on Feb. 20, 1983 in Manakin-Sabot, Va., Justin Verlander (Justin Brooks Verlander) has played for the Detroit Tigers for his entire MLB career. Verlander broke into the bigs on July 4, 2005 with the Detroit Tigers, putting up a 3.63 ERA in 186 innings pitched in 2006, his rookie year, as his team went to the World Series. On June 12, 2007, Verlander pitched a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Verlander was named to the American League All-Star Team in 2007 and 2009. He signed a five-year contract extension with the Tigers on Feb. 4, 2010.

For three years, Verlander starred at Old Dominion University, where in 2002 he was named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year. In 2003 and 2004, Verlander was a First Team All-CAA selection; he struck out 427 batters in his collegiate career, setting a school and CAA record.

Verlander's accomplishments in college earned him a place on the CAA's 25th Anniversary Team in January 2010.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
2005 DET A 2 2 0 2 7.15 7 9 9 0 0 0 11.1 15 1 5 0 1 1
2006 DET A 30 30 17 9 3.63 124 78 75 1 1 0 186 187 21 60 1 5 6
2007 DET A 32 32 18 6 3.66 183 88 82 1 1 0 201.2 181 20 67 3 17 19
Total 64 64 35 17 3.74 314 175 166 2 2 0 399.0 383 42 132 4 23 26

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2005 DET A P 2 2 11.1 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .800
2006 DET A P 30 30 186 11 24 3 4 0 0 1 5 8 .921
2007 DET A P 32 32 201.2 7 17 0 0 0 0 4 1 2 1.000
Total P 64 64 399 20 43 4 4 0 0 6 6 10 .940

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2005 DET A 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 DET A 30 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2007 DET A 32 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0
Total 64 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 0 0

Transactions

  • Selected by Detroit Tigers in the 1st round (2nd pick overall) of the free-agent draft (June 7, 2004 - signed Oct. 25, 2004).
  • Signed a five-year, $80-million contract extension with the Tigers on Feb. 4, 2010.

Awards

  • Named the 2006 American League Rookie of the Year
  • Named to the 2007 American League All-Star Team
  • Named to the 2009 American League All-Star Team

Trivia

  • Verlander's no-hitter was the first ever at Comerica Park, which opened in 2000. It was also the first no-hitter thrown by a Tiger pitcher since Jack Morris in 1984.
  • Verlander is the only pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter, start a World Series game, get voted as Rookie of the Year, and become an All-Star in his first two full seasons.


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