Bruce Rondon was supposed to be the Tigers closer to start the season. After Spring Training in which he walked, well, everybody (nine walks in 12.1 spring innings); the regular season began with Bruce Rondon cooling his heels at Triple-A Toledo.
Bruce Rondon might have some control troubles to work out but make no mistake: he will strike you out. In those aforementioned 12.1 Grapefruit League innings, the flame-throwing righty (who Baseball Prospectus ranked as the third best Tigers prospect) racked up 19 strikeouts. That’s good, spring training or otherwise.
The Tigers have a need in their bullpen as veteran Octavio Dotel was placed on the DL with right elbow inflamation today and Rondon got the call from AAA, where he pitched 7.2 shutout innings, striking out nine against just two walks. The big leagues aren’t Triple-A but it remains unlikely the Tigers will slot the big (ahem) righty into the closer’s role right away. The man who lights up triple digits on the radar gun will earn his keep before given the job so crucial, they handed it to Phil damn Coke during the playoffs.