Jeremy Bonderman spent 10 seasons in a Tigers uniform. Considered a future ace, Bonderman struggled with injuries and inconsistency, never quite living up to his potential.
Bonderman was originally selected in the first round by the Oakland A’s in the 2001 draft. He was shipped to the Tigers in a blockbuster three team trade that included Carlos Pena, Jeff Weaver and Ted Lilly.
Bonderman debuted during the disastrous 2003 season, starting 28 games and going 6-19 with a 5.56 ERA. He got progressively better in 2004 and 2005, and had his career year in 2006.
That season, Bonderman went 14-8 with a 4.08 ERA (3.29 FIP) and 202 strikeouts.
He was better in the playoffs, making one start in each series and finishing with a 3.10 ERA across 20.1 innings.
Unfortunately, Bonderman’s career never took off from there. From 2007-2010 he threw 427 innings for the Tigers with a 5.17 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.
He took the 2011 and 2012 seasons off before signing with the Mariners to attempt a comeback. He eventually made the team midseason of 2013, starting seven games and going 1-3 with a 4.93 ERA. The Mariners released him in July and the Tigers picked him back up three days later.
He finished his career throwing 11 games out of Detroit’s bullpen with a 6.48 ERA.
Bonderman lives a quiet life these days in his hometown of Pasco, Washington. He is married with two kids, 11-year-old Mailee and 7-year-old Tripp.