Tigers in EST: Bruce Rondon

Bruce Rondon began his professional career in 2008 with the Venezuelan Summer League Tigers.  He started 13 games in his debut season, pitching 55.1 innings and posting a 3.58 ERA.  Rondon struggled with his command, allowing 20 walks to 34 strikeouts, while throwing 9 wild pitches and hitting 10 batters.

Despite his apparent lack of command, the Tigers moved Rondon stateside to begin the 2009 season.  He began the season in extended spring training before being assigned to the GCL Tigers in June.  Rondon would not be pitching in the GCL for long, however, as he was sent back to the Venezuelan Summer League after pitching only 11.2 innings in the GCL.  Rondon managed to record 15 strikeouts during his time in the GCL, while also allowing 8 walks.

The scouting report on Rondon’s TigsTown.com profile says he throws a fastball that sits between 88 and 92 miles per hour, an above-average curveball and a change-up.  Rondon will need to improve his command to become a serious prospect.  He is 19-years-old this season and will either be assigned to Connecticut or the GCL.

Name: Bruce Rondon

DOB: Dec. 9, 1990

Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela

Bats-Throws: Right-Right

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