DETROIT - Bruce Rondon will be the most intriguing Tiger when spring training begins in three months.
Even if the club trades for or acquires a free agent closer such as Ryan Madson, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski whet the appetite of fans when he addressed the media after the World Series and said, Do not discount Bruce Rondon in the role of closer on our ballclub.
Rondon also has Paul Bunyan-esque qualities going for him.
His average fastball clocks in at 99 or 100 mph. He tops out at 103 on a pitch with movement, and has a plus slider and changeup to keep in the back of a batters mind.
According to the weights listed on the Tigers roster, he tips the scales at 265 pounds -- heavier than both Miguel Cabrera and the man he hopes to replace, Jose Papa Grande Valverde.
Rondon also has the big numbers. He was a combined 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA, 29 saves, 66 strikeouts, 26 walks and 53 innings pitched for Class A Lakeland (22 games), Double-A Erie (21 games) and Triple-A Toled...