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Pros, Cons of Tigers Trusting a Rookie Closer on a Potential World Series Team
Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
There are several pros and cons regarding Bruce Rondon.

For a team with World Series aspirations, the Detroit Tigers are taking a large gamble on giving a rookie—Bruce Rondon the first shot at closing in 2013. 

Rondon, who has never pitched in the majors before, is the leading candidate to become the Tigers' closer. He has the Tigers salivating at the prospect of a closer who has a fastball that can hit triple digits, which could lead to quick one-two-three innings. The problem is that Rondon has a tendency to be wild on occasion and miss the strike zone, which would ultimately nullify his three-digit fastball.

Until Rondon actually closes in the MLB, no one knows how he'll be able to handle the pressure of closing for a team with such lofty expectations.

Some pitchers embrace the pressure of closing and others don't have the personality to do it. While no one can say for certain how Rondon will be able to handle the Tigers' closer role, there are three very distinct pros and cons of having a rookie closer on a contending team.

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