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Hector Rondon | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Hector Rondon finished Tuesday's 5-4 win versus the Reds with a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 25th save.
Rondon needed 12 pitches, getting Todd Frazier to ground out before striking out Ivan De Jesus, Jr. and Eugenio Suarez consecutively to end the game. The right-hander is 25-for-29 in save chances with a 1.53 ERA and a 59/14 K/BB ratio in 59 innings. Sep 1 - 11:19 PM

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Hector Rondon earned his 24th save with a scoreless ninth inning as the Cubs bested the Giants 8-5 on Tuesday.

Rondon got two quick outs, but allowed a single to Brandon Belt to extend the game. Belt went to second base on fielder's indifference, then third on a wild pitch, but the right-hander struck out Justin Maxwell to end the game. Rondon has turned in a superb year, going 24-for-28 in save situations with a 1.55 ERA and a 57/14 K/BB ratio in 58 innings.
Aug 26 - 1:56 AM

Hector Rondon blew the save, allowing a run in the ninth inning, but the Cubs still managed to pull out a 3-2 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday.

Rondon allowed a leadoff single to Ryan Braun. Addison Russell then committed a fielding error, moving the tying run into scoring position. Rondon uncorked a wild pitch to move the runners up 90 feet, but he managed to strike out both Khris Davis and Scooter Gennett to unveil light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, he uncorked another wild pitch to bring in the tying run. He struck out Jean Segura to end the frame with no further damage. The run was unearned, so he maintains a 1.71 ERA with a 52/12 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings while going 19-for-23 in save chances.
Aug 12 - 11:14 PM

Hector Rondon was called upon to record five outs on Friday, shutting down the Giants to record his 18th save of the season.

The Giants pulled to within three runs when Nori Aoki took Tommy Hunter deep in the eighth inning, which was too close for manager Joe Maddon's comfort level, so he called upon his closer. Rondon walked a batter and didn't allow a hit in his 1 2/3 frames, striking out a pair. He sports a terrific 1.78 ERA and 46/12 K/BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings this season.
Aug 7 - 8:11 PM

Hector Rondon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Brewers for his 15th save of the season.

Rondon struck out one batter in the frame and worked around a one-out single from Shane Peterson to lock down the victory. Cubs manager Joe Maddon backed off Rondon for a stretch, but he has now gone to him for saves in each of the last three days. While he has reestablished himself as the team's closer, look for him to get a day off Saturday.
Aug 1 - 1:16 AM

Hector Rondon recorded his second save in two days Thursday with a perfect ninth against the Brewers.

It looks like the closing gig is Rondon's again, which begs the question of why he was ever lifted from the spot in the first place. He could be a top-10 closer the rest of the way.
Jul 31 - 1:25 AM

Hector Rondon notched picked up his 13th save of the season Wednesday afternoon against the Rockies.

Rondon walked one but struck out two of the four batters he faced in a mostly clean ninth frame. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday evening that Rondon could reclaim closer duties at some point, and it looks like we may already be headed in that direction. Maddon had been using a ninth-inning committee.
Jul 29 - 5:04 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicated Tuesday that Hector Rondon could get another shot in the closer role.

"Of course he could, and I anticipate he will at some point," Maddon said. "I think (Pedro) Strop has that kind of stuff, too. Strop and Rondon are two physically gifted, stuff-wise, closers. We have to get to the point where they are mentally able to deal with that role on a nightly basis. And the big thing is not after they've done well. How do you deal with it after you've not done so well." It's somewhat encouraging for Rendon owners, although Maddon certainly didn't commit to using him in the ninth inning. Jason Motte seems likely to be pulled off the role for now, but we could just see Maddon play the matchups.
Jul 29 - 9:28 AM

Hector Rondon picked up his 12th save of the season Saturday in the Cubs' 4-1 defeat of the Twins.

Pedro Strop pitched the eighth inning. Rondon had some bumpy outings in May, but he hasn't allowed an earned run in seven June appearances and he now boasts a 2.54 ERA in 28 1/3 total innings this season.
Jun 20 - 5:43 PM

Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth with a three-run lead Thursday for his first save since June 4.

Rondon got to close, but manager Joe Maddon showed how little faith he had in him by having Jason Motte throwing behind him to begin the inning, even in a 6-3 game. Rondon, though, turned in an easy save, giving up just a groundball single before finishing the frame. For all of the grief he's gotten lately, he has a 2.84 ERA and he hasn't allowed a run since May 22. There's no reason he can't be left in the closer's role.
Jun 11 - 11:44 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Sunday that he's no longer locked in on a specific closer.

"How's like, 'Be ready to pitch in the last three innings'?" Maddon replied when asked to define his relievers' roles going forward. Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, and Jason Motte all earned saves in the Cubs' four-game weekend series against the Nationals. Rondon is still probably the best bet, though Strop is a good stash in deeper fantasy formats.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Jun 8 - 10:04 AM

Hector Rondon was pulled from a save chance Saturday after facing just one batter.

Jason Hammel began the ninth inning, but he was pulled after giving up a leadoff homer to Bryce Harper. Rondon walked Anthony Rendon before Cubs manager Joe Maddon decided to go with Pedro Strop, who finished off the victory. Perhaps Maddon just didn't like what he was seeing, but it could be a sign of things to come. Fantasy owners would be smart to pick up Strop just in case.
Jun 6 - 3:05 PM

Hector Rondon gave up two runs in the 10th to blow a save against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

A Paul Goldschmidt homer tied up the game, giving Rondon his third blown save in 12 chances this year. It's just the second homer Rondon has allowed, and he has a solid 18/5 K/BB ratio in 19 innings, so his job should be safe.
May 23 - 1:42 AM

Hector Rondon recorded his ninth save of the season by tossing a scoreless ninth versus the Padres in Wednesday's 3-2 win.

Rondon gave up a leadoff single to Will Middlebrooks, but the next three batters couldn't get the ball out of the infield. Rondon struck out Abe Almonte to end the affair. Rondon blew his last opportunity, five days ago against Pittsburgh, but he looked just fine tonight. He is 9-for-10 in save chances along with a 3.00 ERA and 18/5 K/BB ratio over 18 innings.
May 21 - 1:28 AM

Hector Rondon notched his eighth save of the season as the Cubs finished off a four-game sweep of the Mets on Thursday.

Asked to protect a one-run lead, Rondon gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy, but he was able to retire the next three batters to end it. He recorded one strikeout during the frame and is now 8-for-9 in save opportunities this season to go along with a 2.81 ERA and 15/5 K/BB ratio over 16 innings.
May 14 - 5:19 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Starlin Castro
3Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Chris Denorfia
3Quintin Berry
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Austin Jackson
RF1Jorge Soler
2Chris Coghlan
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Dan Haren
5Kyle Hendricks
6Jacob Turner
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Jason Motte
4Tommy Hunter
5Justin Grimm
6Fernando Rodney
7Trevor Cahill
8Travis Wood
9Clayton Richard
10Tsuyoshi Wada
11Neil Ramirez