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Justin Verlander Bio, Age, Family, Wife, Awards, Salary, Net Worth

Justin Verlander (born Justin Brooks Verlander) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He initially played for the Detroit Tigers for 13 seasons, with whom he made his major league debut on July 4, 2005. A right-handed batter and thrower, Verlander stands 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) tall and weighs 225 pounds (102 kg).

Justin Verlander Biography

Justin Verlander (born Justin Brooks Verlander) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He initially played for the Detroit Tigers for 13 seasons, with whom he made his major league debut on July 4, 2005. A right-handed batter and thrower, Verlander stands 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) tall and weighs 225 pounds (102 kg).

His professional baseball career started when the Tigers selected him second overall in the 2004 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. He signed with the Tigers in October of that year and started the 2005 season in the Florida State League for the Lakeland Flying Tigers. He ended the 2005 season pitching for the Erie SeaWolves, the AA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

In 2006, he became the fifth starter in the Tigers rotation and became the first rookie pitcher in the history of the game to win 10 games before the end of June. That year he was named the American League Rookie of the Year. On June 12, 2007, he set a new career-high as he pitched the first-ever at No-Hitter at Comerica Park against the Milwaukee Brewers, striking out 12 batters and walking four.

In 2016, Verlander started the “Wins For Warriors Foundation” for veterans of the United States military. The “Wins For Warriors Foundation” campaign raised $246,311 to help Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey in 2017. To date, Verlander has donated over 1 million dollars to this cause. Verlander has also supported various local Detroit charities for the impoverished as well as helping out with national efforts such as the Red Cross

Justin Verlander Age

He was born on February 20, 1983, in Manakin-Sabot, near Richmond in Virginia, USA.

Justin Verlander Brother | Justin Verlander Family

He was born on February 20, 1983, to Richard and Kathy. His younger brother Benjamin plays for the Tigers organization as an outfielder.

Justin Verlander Education

When he was 13 he was sent to the Richmond Baseball Academy because his father could no longer catch his pitches due to the velocity of the throws. He clocked 84 mph shortly after joining the academy.

Justin Verlander

The velocity continued to increase and it passed 93 mph when he entered high school. He pitched for the Old Dominion University baseball team for three years. In 2003, he set a school single-season record by recording 139 strikeouts; in 2004, he broke his own record and established a new Colonial Athletic Association record with 151 strikeouts.

Justin Verlander Wife | Justin Verlander Fiance | Justin Verlander Girlfriend

Verlander started dating model-actress Kate Upton in late 2011, and in 2016 the couple got engaged.

Justin Verlander Pitching Style

Verlander throws four pitches: a hard four-seam fastball averaging 94-98 mph (topping out at 100), a slider in the mid to high 80s, a 12-6 curveball around 80, and a changeup at 85–88 mph. His four-seam fastball has an “elite” spin rate of over 2500 rpm according to Statcast, giving it a late “tailing” action that cuts inside to righties and away from lefties.

He often uses his four-seam fastball up in the zone to hitters. This has allowed him to strike out more batters with that pitch than any others. His slider has evolved throughout his career. In his early years, his slider was mid 80’s with a larger break.

However, in recent years, Verlander has added velocity to his slider. This change has caused a later, sharper break that has led many to believe it is actually a cut fastball, although Verlander has denied this on various occasions.

In 2017, Verlander began to incorporate both sliders. He usually uses the slower, longer slider inside to lefties, and the sharper, faster slider down and away to righties. His 12-6 curveball has always been a dominant pitch that buckles hitters knees at any point in the count.

He also tends to intentionally use this pitch up in the zone at times to freeze hitters or throw off their timing. Since the 2016 season, Verlander has essentially become a three-pitch pitcher (fastball, slider, curveball).

His changeup has been used almost exclusively against left-handed batters in recent years, and its usage has dropped considerably. The changeup accounted for 8.5 percent of his pitches in 2016, and only 4 percent of his pitches in 2017.

Verlander is known for his unusual ability to “add” and “subtract” from his fastball velocity at any point in the game, giving him the ability to throw it in the upper 90s even in the late innings of games. This is despite the fact that he has thrown the most pitches in the major leagues since the beginning of the 2008 season. Verlander’s average fastball velocity with no strikes is 94.7 mph, while with two strikes it is 97.0 mph.

His power pitching frequently leads to high strikeout totals. He is a four-time American League strikeout champion, leading all of major league baseball in the 2009, 2011 and 2012 seasons. He has fanned over 2,400 batters in his career.

Justin Verlander Awards

  • American League Rookie of the Year
  • MLB Players Choice AL Outstanding Rookie
  • Tigers Rookie of the Year award from the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association – 2006
  • American League Rookie of the Month – May 2006
  • American League Pitcher of the Month – May 2009, June 2011, September 2012, July 2016
  • American League Player of the Week – May 22–28, 2006; June 11–17, 2007; May 2–8, 2011; June 13–19, 2011; September 12–18, 2011
  • 7th in 2006 American League Cy Young Award voting
  • 5th in 2007 American League Cy Young Award voting
  • 15th in 2006 American League MVP voting
  • Named to 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 American League All-Star Teams
  • Became first Tigers pitcher since Denny McLain in 1968 (31–6, .838) to lead the American League in winning percentage and qualify for an ERA title (18–6, .750) in 2007.
  • He did it again in 2011 (24-5, .828).
  • Only pitcher in Major League history to win Rookie of the Year, start in a World Series game, throw a no-hitter, and be an All-Star in his first two seasons
  • Tiger of the Year – 2009
  • Third in 2009 American League Cy Young Award voting
  • One of only two players to win the Rookie of the Year Award, Cy Young Award, and the MVP Award; the other is Don Newcombe
  • Won AL pitching Triple Crown in 2011
  • AL Cy Young Award – 2011
  • MLB Players Choice AL Outstanding Pitcher – 2011
  • American League MVP – 2011
  • MLB Players Choice Player of the Year – 2011
  • Tiger of the Year – 2011
  • Major League Baseball 2K12 cover athlete – 2011
  • AL Cy Young Award runner-up – 2012
  • American League Pitcher of the Month – July 2016
  • Tiger of the Year – 2016
  • AL Cy Young Award runner-up – 2016

Justin Verlander Salary | Justin Verlander Contract

Justin Verlander signed a deal in 2013 that pays $180 million over seven years and was the biggest contract ever for a pitcher at the time. The deal includes a $22 million vesting option in the eighth year that would push the total value of the deal to $202 million. The right-hander pocketed a $200,000 bonus for his second place finish in the 2016 Cy Young voting. He receives an annual salary of $28 million.

Justin Verlander Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $80 million.

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