|Bonderman hasn't pitched in the bigs since 2010. (Getty Images)|
Remember Tigers starting pitcher Jeremy Bonderman? Considering he made his major-league debut at age 20, it would be easy to forget that he's only 30 years old this offseason. And though he hasn't pitched since 2010, he's working toward a comeback.
After making more than $40 million (per Baseball-Reference.com) in eight seasons before his 28th birthday, Bonderman went unsigned after the 2010 season. He's now working back from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in April.
Bonderman told Buster Olney of ESPN.com that he works out six days a week and has dropped 35 pounds down to 210, which is what the 6-foot-2 right-hander weighed coming out of high school.
“I just want to go out and play,” Bonderman said (ESPN.com). “I just want to go out and compete and go out on my terms.”
Bonderman is 67-77 with a 4.89 ERA in 207 career appearances, 193 of which were starts. His best season came in 2006, when he was 14-8 with a 4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 202 strikeouts in 214 innings pitched. He was also pretty good in three postseason starts (3.10 ERA) as the Tigers went to the World Series.
Overall, though, it's reasonable to point out the former first-round pick never really lived up to the expectations of a top-20 prospect (which he was pre-2003).
Then again, at age 30, there's still plenty of time to change that.