Bruce Rondon, Tigers' New Pitcher, Shows His Fastball Stuff
February 24th, 2013, 9:24 AM
Tigers rookie Bruce Rondon is starting to show why he generates excitement.
He pitched a scoreless fifth inning Saturday during the Tigers' 10-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in Lakeland, Fla., Tom Gage reports in The Detroit News.
"He threw some fastballs I didn't see, but they somehow ended up in my glove," catcher Alex Avila said of the rookie right-hander who'll probably be the Tigers' closer if all goes well for him this spring. "By far one of the best arms I've ever seen."
Rondon threw 24 pitches 21 fastballs.
Toronto's Maicer Izturis, who hit an infield pop-up as the first batter to face Rondon, calls him "deceptive" because of a slight pause in his delivery.
Freep sportswriter John Lowe, who also was at Marchant Stadium, spoke with Jays' TV broadcaster Buck Martinez, a former Jays manager and catcher, about Rondon:
"You can see he's blessed with great talent," Martinez said in an interview moments after the game.
"It was a good test for him. He had a couple of big strikeouts when he was on the ropes. He looks like he has the stuff to be a closer."