The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the Detroit Tigers released former Erie SeaWolves player Ryan Raburn today. Raburn, a 31-yeard old utility player, hit .171 in 66 games with the Tigers this season, including 14 doubles, one home run and 12 RBIs.
Detroit also added former Erie SeaWolves closer Bruce Rondon to the 40 man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Rondon skyrocketed his way through the Tigers’ minor league system this past year. After starting in Class A, he played 21 games for the ‘Wolves. In his Erie tenure, he had 12 saves and a 0.83 ERA in 21 2/3 innings of work. He had 23 strikeouts to only nine walks. Rondon ended the season in Class AAA Toledo and appears to be the closer in waiting for Detroit. In 52 total appearances in 2012, he had a 2-1 record with a 1.53 ERA, 29 saves and 66 strikeouts.
Rondon is spending the offseason in Venezuela, pitching for the Navegantes del Magallanes. In 10 appearances, Rondon has a 4-0 record with four saves and a 0.90 ERA to go along with 13 strikeouts to four walks in 10 innings of work.
Detroit outrighted former Erie SeaWolves pitcher Tyler Stohr to Toledo. He had a 2-1 record with a 2.19 ERA and one save in 24 2/3 innings with the ‘Wolves.