Is Rondon’s role changing?

   April 9, 2013 2:55 pm    0

 

Former Erie SeaWolves closer Bruce Rondon entered spring training as the prohibitive favorite to become the Detroit Tigers closer this season. A rocky spring not only took away Rondon’s opportunity as the Tigers’ closer, he was sent to Triple-A Toledo. Things have not gotten much better for the fireballer as he may not close for Toledo either.

Rondon has appeared in two games this season. In his first appearance on April 5, he walked one and struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning with Toledo down 6-2. The Mud Hens rallied a bit in the ninth but lost to Louisville 6-4. His second appearance came Sunday in a 3-2 win at Louisville. Rondon, however, did not close out Toledo’s only win this season. He worked a quick 1-2-3 eighth inning and Jess Todd was called on to pick up the save.

Rondon is still young at 22 years old but with the Tigers recently signing Jose Valverde and the fact Rondon isn’t closing in Toledo, he has some work to do to become Detroit’s 9th-inning guy.

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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