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Bruce Rondon | Relief Pitcher | #43

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 275
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / UDFA / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Tigers optioned RHP Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo.
Rondon got pounded for four runs while securing only two outs Sunday against the Astros, watching his spring ERA rise to 9.00. He did strike out 13 batters in 10 innings of Grapefruit League work. There's still some promise here that he might turn into a reliable late-inning arm for the Tigers. It just won't happen in early 2016. Mar 28 - 2:54 PM

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Bruce Rondon gave up four runs and two homers in two-thirds of an inning Sunday against the Astros.

The hard-throwing Rondon seemed to be moving a lot closer to locking up a bullpen spot, but this is quite a setback. He's given up 10 runs in 10 innings, though that does come with a 14/4 K/BB ratio.
Mar 27 - 4:38 PM

Bruce Rondon gave up three runs in his inning of work against the Astros on Friday.

Rondon had allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings and amassed a 5/0 K/BB ratio in three outings coming into this one. He can afford one bad outing, but the Tigers won't make the mistake of handing him a bullpen spot if he flounders this month.
Mar 11 - 4:23 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that Bruce Rondon has "an extra pace to his step compared to a year ago."

That's a very positive early-spring review from Ausmus considering Rondon was sent home last September -- more than a week before the end of the regular season -- due to what was called a lack of effort. Rondon made his 2016 Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday afternoon against the Pirates and pitched a scoreless frame, striking out Starling Marte on a sharp slider and flashing 97 mph on the radar gun with his fastball. The hard-throwing 25-year-old right-hander is on a mission to revitalize his young MLB career.
Mar 3 - 9:44 AM

Tigers GM Al Avila expects Bruce Rondon (illness) to be ready for spring training.

He missed the team's Winter Caravan tour this week while dealing with the aftereffects of the chikungunya virus. Rondon got some save chances last year but he'll be moved to a setup role now that Francisco Rodriguez is handling the ninth inning. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Lakeland, Fla. on February 18.
Jan 23 - 11:21 PM

Bruce Rondon is dealing with the chikungunya virus.

Chikungunya, which is transmitted to people by mosquitoes, causes fever and joint pain. Rondon is likely to miss the Tigers' winter caravan this week but should be fine by the time pitchers and catchers report to spring training. He'll be aiming to make a good impression this spring after being sent home late last season due to a lack of effort.
Jan 18 - 5:25 PM

Bruce Rondon was involved in a brawl during a Venezuelan Winter League game on Saturday.

Pitching for Navegantes del Magallanes, Rondon began jawing at Jose Osuna at first base after hitting Osuna with a pitch and soon the two went fisticuffs. He took several wild swings at Osuna, although it didn't appear any of them landed with real force. He was obviously ejected from the game. You might recall that Rondon was sent home by the Tigers before the season was over due to his "effort level."
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 08:59:00 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that Bruce Rondon has been sent home as a result of his "effort level."

In other words, they didn't think he was showing enough of it. Rondon was recently given an opportunity to show if he can be the closer of the future for Detroit, but he has blown three out of his last four save opportunities. And now he'll get an early start on his offseason. Alex Wilson and Neftali Feliz will handle save chances the rest of the way.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 03:50:00 PM

Bruce Rondon took his third blown save after allowing an unearned run Wednesday against the Tigers.

The run was unearned because of a passed ball, though he almost certainly would have given up the run if not for it. It's the third time in four outings that he's allowed a run, and if the Tigers had better options, he probably wouldn't be closing any longer.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 01:51:00 AM

Bruce Rondon allowed a run but escaped with the save Tuesday against the Twins.

Rondon, the Tigers' closer by default down the stretch, gave up a walk and an RBI double to make things interesting in the ninth. But with the tying run at second base and the winning run at the plate, Rondon struck out Miguel Sano to end the threat. The right-hander has five saves to go with a 6.11 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 28 innings.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 12:28:00 AM

Bruce Rondon earned his fourth save of the season in the Tigers' defeat of the Rays on Monday.

Rondon issued two walks and a single in the top of the ninth inning, but he induced a groundout from Logan Forsythe to end the threat. The hard-throwing 24-year-old is auditioning to become the Tigers' long-term ninth inning man as the under-.500 club plays out the string.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 04:16:00 PM

Bruce Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Royals to earn his third save.

It wouldn't be a Bruce Rondon appearance if he didn't play with at least a little fire, issuing a two-out walk to Ben Zobrist and promptly letting Zobrist steal second with Lorenzo Cain, one of the game's best hitters, at the plate, but Rondon got Cain to ground out to end it. He struck out one in the inning. Save chances have been scarce in recent weeks but it appears the 24-year-old is still the man for the job. Rondon has a shaky 6.56 ERA and 1.54 WHIP through 23 1/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 12:16:00 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Bruce Rondon blew a save Saturday that Rondon would get the save chance if one arose on Sunday.

Rondon allowed a game-tying homer to the Astros' Preston Tucker in the ninth inning Saturday, but Ausmus plans to stick with the big righty as his closer for now. "If we had a save tomorrow," Ausmus said Saturday, "he would close, assuming he's fine." Alex Wilson is nice in line for saves should Rondon falter.
Sun, Aug 16, 2015 02:36:00 PM

Bruce Rondon blew a save Saturday in the Tigers' eventual win over the Astros.

Rondon was handed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth but could not convert, serving up a game-tying solo shot to Houston's Preston Tucker. Neftali Feliz stepped in and earned the save after the Tigers rallied in the 11th. It's looking the closer role in Detroit will be a mixed bag down the stretch, though Rondon is probably still the guy to own.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 11:01:00 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Bruce Rondon that he "may end up giving him some more (save) opportunities."

Alex Wilson earned the first two save chances for the Tigers after the Joakim Soria trade and converted both of them. However, he had a shoulder issue crop up, which led to Rondon being used the last two times in the ninth. "Well the way Rondon has been pitching, I may end up giving him some more opportunities," Ausmus said. "Doesn’t mean all of them. Rondon is obviously going to need days (off) as well, and Wilson would get opportunities then. Wilson is going to pitch in the back end somewhere. It may be in the ninth, it may be in the eighth." It sounds like Rondon is probably the safest bet to be used as the closer for now, although Ausmus wasn't exactly clear-cut. Both relievers should be owned in fantasy leagues.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 12:11:00 PM

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