Rondon promoted from Erie to Toledo
Bruce Rondon and his triple-digit fastball allowed just two earned runs on 15 hits over 21 2/3 innings for Double-A Erie, essentially overmatching most of the Eastern League. The Tigers have decided to give him a new challenge by stepping him up a level with a month to go in the minor-league season.
Detroit made it official on Monday, promoting him from Erie to Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers have made no announcement nor statements about whether Rondon could end up being a September call-up to Detroit once rosters expand, but this move will probably fuel the speculation.
Rondon is 21 years old and has regularly topped 100 mph on radar guns at ballparks big and small. He hit 102 mph on the Kauffman Stadium radar gun at last month’s All-Star Futures Game. That kind of fastball, no doubt, can make an impact in the big leagues. The question is whether that impact will come this year.
“I’m just going to keep working hard and we will see what happens in the future,” Rondon told reporters at the Futures Game. “We don’t know what’s going happen tomorrow. All I can do this control how hard I work.”
The move coincides with an injury to Mud Hens closer Chris Bootcheck Sunday night. However, Tigers vice president/assistant GM Al Avila said in an email, “In our evaluation, Rondon was ready to be moved to Toledo.”