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Bruce Rondon | Relief Pitcher | #43

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 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 recalled RHP Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo.
Rondon was bombed for six runs over 1 1/3 innings back in April for the Tigers, and his control remained a mess at Toledo (18 walks in 26 2/3 frames). He'll be used in low-leverage situations. Jun 23 - 5:06 PM

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Tigers optioned RHP Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo.

Rondon gave up three runs in back-to-back appearances over the weekend and the Tigers have expressed concerns about his conditioning. He'll try to work his way back into the team's good graces.
Apr 10 - 10:19 AM

In his final Grapefruit League tune-up before the World Baseball Classic, Bruce Rondon exhibited surprisingly diminished velocity on Sunday.

The big right-hander normally sits in the upper 90s with his fastball and can touch 100mph, but he sat at 93-94 on Sunday, touching 95 one time. Perhaps he was just taking it easy and will let loose once he joins Team Venezuela on Monday, but it's something that should be monitored going forward.
Source: Detroit News
Mar 5 - 9:41 PM

Tigers and RHP Bruce Rondon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $850,000 contract.

It was Rondon's first year of arbitration eligibility. The rotund reliever finally showed signs of his upside in 2016, posting a 2.97 ERA and 45/12 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings.
Jan 13 - 2:07 PM

Tigers activated RHP Bruce Rondon from the paternity leave list.

He's been away all week with his newborn. Rondon holds a 4.60 ERA and 19/5 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings this season.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 08:28:00 AM

Tigers placed RHP Bruce Rondon on the paternity leave list.

He'll be excused from the club for the next 3-7 days to welcome a child. Rondon has posted a 4.60 ERA in 15 2/3 innings this season out of the Detroit bullpen.
Mon, Aug 8, 2016 03:58:00 PM

Bruce Rondon will be placed on the paternity leave list after Sunday's game against the Mets.

When that happens, Daniel Norris will be called up to replace him on the active roster. Rondon has registered a 4.80 ERA in 15 outings this year while working in middle relief.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 11:40:00 PM

Bruce Rondon gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning Tuesday against the Twins.

Rondon was Brad Ausmus's reliever of choice after Anibal Sanchez allowed a walk and a single to start the seventh. He was gifted an out with a sac bunt, but he gave up two singles and a homer afterwards and had to be replaced by Alex Wilson before the inning was over. It's the third time in four appearances that Rondon has given up a homer. In fact, he's given up seven runs in 11 1/3 innings this year, all coming on the four homers he's allowed. A return to Triple-A might come soon.
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 10:44:00 PM

Bruce Rondon was unavailable for Thursday's game against the Blue Jays because of an illness.

Rondon was sent back to the team hotel before Thursday's game so he could rest. His absence proved costly as Justin Wilson overextended himself (1 1/3 innings) and coughed up a one-run lead in the eighth inning. It's unclear if Rondon will be cleared to return on Friday.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 11:37:00 PM

Tigers recalled RHP Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo.

Rondon has spent all of this season at Toledo, posting a 3.74 ERA and 30/16 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings. He'll be used in low-leverage situations for now.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016 11:10:00 AM

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.
Mon, Mar 28, 2016 02:54:00 PM

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.
Sun, Mar 27, 2016 04:38:00 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.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 04:23:00 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.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 09:44:00 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.
Sat, Jan 23, 2016 11:21:00 PM

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