Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/25/13
The spotlight of spring training is going to be shining largely on rookie Bruce Rondon. The almost-anointed successor to departed Jose Valverde as Detroit's closer was the subject of the most questions as the Tigers began their winter publicity caravan prior to last weekend. Rondon, 22, has yet to throw a pitch in the majors but when he does the radar gun will likely clock it between 100 and 103 mph. The beefy rookie also has a quality slider. "He's unproven," GM Dave Dombrowski said. "We're not anointing him. But he's a leading candidate for the job, which we think he can do." Rondon went through three levels of Detroit's farm system last year and put up quality numbers at each. He was not called up in September, although the Tigers freely admit he would have been had they known Valverde was going to melt down in the postseason. He saved nine Winter League games in 18 outings, striking out 19 and walking six in 16 1/3 innings. His 4.41 ERA was bloated by two bad outings i...
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