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Hector Rondon | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / CLE
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Hector Rondon notched his 18th save of the season Sunday in the Cubs' 5-4 defeat of the Brewers.
Rondon served up a two-out homer to Kirk Nieuwenhuis but retired the other three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning at Miller Park -- two via strikeout. The right-hander holds a 1.95 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 48/5 K/BB ratio in 37 innings this season for the Cubs, but his days as a closer could be numbered with Theo Epstein and Co. searching the trade block for another elite late-inning arm. Jul 24 - 6:44 PM

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Hector Rondon converted his 17th save with a scoreless inning Friday against the Brewers.

Rondon struck out a pair in the frame and worked around a one-out walk to lock down the victory. He only has 17 saves this season, but four of them have come in the past two weeks. With a 1.75 ERA and 46/5 K/BB ratio in 36 innings, there’s no reason for Rondon to lose his closer job on merit, but the pecking order could change if the Cubs end up acquiring another late-inning reliever by August 1.
Jul 22 - 11:50 PM

Hector Rondon retired the only two batters he faced to nail down his 16th save of the season in Monday's win over the Mets.

It was about as easy as it comes as far as saves go, as Rondon entered with a four-run lead and two runners on and induced a double-play ball to end it. The Cubs have easily the best run differential in the majors, but since they've been in so many blowouts it hasn't led to many save chances for Rondon. However, with a 1.64 ERA and 42/4 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, he's been absurdly good when called upon.
Jul 18 - 10:52 PM

Hector Rondon earned his 14th save of the season Sunday in the Cubs' 6-5 defeat of the Pirates.

Rondon worked a perfect ninth inning, striking out one (Jung Ho Kang) of the three batters he faced. There haven't been abundant save opportunities this year for the 28-year-old right-hander, but maybe his luck will flip in the second half. He has a stellar 1.72 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 42/4 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings as we head into the All-Star break.
Jul 10 - 4:51 PM

Hector Rondon pitched the last four outs of the game to earn his 13th save of the season on Friday.

Rondon has been fantastic this season. He has a 1.48 ERA with 34 strikeouts and only 3 walks in 25 2/3 innings as the closer for the best team in baseball. The reason he has only 13 saves for a 48-win team is because the Cubs usually win by more than three runs, denying Rondon an official save opportunity in those games.
Jun 24 - 11:26 PM

Hector Rondon blew his second save in as many days as the Cubs fell to the Nationals on Wednesday.

Anthony Rizzo launched a go-ahead two-run shot in the top of the ninth but Rondon couldn't make it stick. He walked Bryce Harper to lead off the bottom of the ninth and then served up a two-out RBI single to Wilson Ramos. Washington wound up winning in 12 innings. Rondon was 11-for-11 in save opportunities before Tuesday.
Jun 15 - 8:31 PM

Hector Rondon blew his first save of the season but earned a victory in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

It was a tough way to get your first blown save, as Rondon entered a one-run game in the eighth inning with a runner already on base. He gave up a single and then a sac fly before getting out of the frame. The Cubs then re-took the lead in the top of the ninth and Rondon pitched a spotless bottom of the frame. The run wasn't charted to him, so Rondon's ERA dropped to 1.23.
Jun 14 - 10:42 PM

Hector Rondon allowed a solo homer but hung on to record his 11th save of the season in Monday's win over the Phillies.

The Cubs entered the bottom of the ninth with a 6-0 lead, but Rondon was needed after Justin Grimm failed to record an out and served up a three-run homer. Rondon yielded a solo job of his own to Tommy Joseph and also had to pitch around a two-out, bloop single by Odubel Herrera, but he got it done. He's converted all 11 of his save chances.
Jun 6 - 11:26 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Hector Rondon (back) was available to pitch Thursday against the Dodgers.

He didn't end up pitching as the Cubs cruised to an easy 7-2 win, but Maddon probably would have used him in a close game. Rondon has been dealing with back stiffness but it's nothing fantasy owners need to worry about. The 28-year-old has pitched like an All-Star this year, recording a stellar 1.04 ERA over 17 1/3 innings. He's converted all nine of his save opportunities.
Jun 2 - 5:35 PM

Hector Rondon (back) threw on the field Thursday morning and reported feeling fine.

It's still unclear whether he is going to be available for Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Dodgers, but the throwing session is a pretty strong indication that his back discomfort is not serious. Pedro Strop could fill in at closer if need be.
Jun 2 - 1:03 PM

Hector Rondon told reporters Thursday morning that his sore back is feeling better.

But the Cubs' closer couldn't say whether he would be available for Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Dodgers. Rodon was unable to pitch on Wednesday night, but it didn't matter because Jon Lester went the distance in the 2-1 victory over Los Angeles. Rondon's back issue does not sound serious.
Jun 2 - 11:30 AM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Hector Rondon was unavailable for Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Dodgers because of back stiffness.

Per Maddon, Rondon reported the discomfort before the start of the game. Jon Lester made his absence a moot point for at least one day, unfurling a complete game masterpiece. No closer needed. For the season, Rondon, 28, holds a 1.04 ERA and 27/2 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings. He has converted nine of 10 save opportunities. If Rondon's back stiffness lingers or worsens, Pedro Strop would likely see the majority of save opportunities. Maddon said that he is uncertain as to Rondon's availability for Thursday.
Jun 1 - 11:06 PM

Hector Rondon nailed down his ninth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over the Dodgers.

Entering to protect a two-run lead, Rondon cruised through the ninth on 13 pitches, striking out Howie Kendrick and inducing a couple groundouts. The Cubs lost starter Jason Hammel to a hamstring cramp after two innings but still managed to toss a one-hitter, as the bullpen put up seven spotless frames. Rondon hasn't pitched a ton this season because the Cubs are crushing everyone, but he's a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities and boasts a 1.04 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 27/2 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings.
May 30 - 8:52 PM

Hector Rondon tallied his eighth save of 2016 as the Cubs beat the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Stephen Piscotty and Matt Adams opened the bottom of the ninth inning with back-to-back singles, but Rondon rallied to strike out both Yadier Molina (after Molina showed bunt) and the hot-hitting Randal Grichuk. Jedd Gyorko grounded back to the mound for the final out. Rondon has a 1.58 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2015 season and he is 10-for-10 lifetime in save opportunities against the rival Redbirds.
May 25 - 5:50 PM

Hector Rondon struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his seventh save against the Padres on Tuesday.

Rondon once again faced the minimum, using 12 pitches to get three outs. Through 13 appearances, the right-hander has a 0.73 ERA, 0.32 WHIP and 20/0 K/BB ratio. He's got seven saves in seven chances to date.
May 11 - 12:40 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Javier Baez
3Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
3Chris Coghlan
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Justin Grimm
5Mike Montgomery
6Trevor Cahill
7Travis Wood
8Carl Edwards Jr.
9Joe Nathan
10Zac Rosscup