The Book on Bruce Rondon
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Bruce Rondon / RHP, DET
505 | 3/2/2013
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (5/19/2013): #84
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #92
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #96
ESPN: Unranked or n/a
Minor League Ball (Sickels): #99
Baseball America 2013: #95
Baseball Prospectus: Unranked or n/a
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
A Venezuelan righthander getting a great deal of 2013 attention in Detroit, Bruce Rondon is a pitcher stuffed with stuff, though still a bit challenged for control of it. In other words, a prototypical closer in the making. Not a huge man, Rondon nonetheless gets plenty of action on his heavy fastball, which can break 100mph but usually clocks-in closer to 96. His best trick, however, is the way he adds deception with a low arm angle that's near-sidearm. Not only does that arm action make his fastball hard to pick up, it also makes his slider have more movement than it really needs, which is probably the main cause of some of that wildness. Rondon displayed an occasional change back in 2009, but that's nothing he'll really be needing in the bullpen, so it's probably best to consider it at least semi-retired.
Rondon reall could use another year of cooking in order to practice dealing with more patient hitters, the kind less likely to flail at his dirtballs, but the Tigers could use him in the bullpen immediately. Whether or not he opens 2013 closing for the team, he'll almost certain end the season that way.
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News and Notes
11/1/2012 by KDaddy
Not that Scouting Book readers will be at all surprised, but according to the Detroit News, Dave Dombrowski let it drop that young Bruce Rondon will be in the mix to compete for closing duties for the Valverde-less Tigers in 2013.
8/6/2012 by KDaddy
After blasting through high and double-A ball already this year, Tiger reliever Bruce Rondon is on his way to AAA Toledo to spell the disabled Chris Bootcheck in the Mudhen Bullpen. Rondon, who has struggled with control in his career but has always shown plus stuff, seems to have found the strike zone this season, and has been rising sky-high on Tiger charts as a result.