Bruce Rondon, the rookie pitcher with the golden arm, stood in the Tigers' clubhouse. "What's the fastest you have ever thrown?" I asked. "Here in Florida, 104," he said through a translator. This is magical, mythical territory, even if it was during a minor league game. "Can you control 104?" I asked. His smile grew wide. "Yeah," he said, full of confidence. "You can?" I asked, stunned if not skeptical. "Strike out," he said, smiling. This is what excites the front office. Rondon's a big kid with a golden right arm and a ton of confidence. This is why they did not try to find a closer. They hope he can do it in the big leagues. Joaquin Benoit, another reliever, stood a few feet away, listening to the conversation. "I want to see that," Benoit said, laughing and teasing the young teammate. "That doesn't mean I want to catch it. I want to see it. Because you can talk ... but I don't know."
Tigers' closer candidate Bruce Rondon has speed, confidence
Detroit Free Press | Feb 17