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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 retired the Pirates in order to grab his third save of the season on Tuesday.
Rondon was looking at a night off until the Cubs scored three times in the top of the ninth inning to take a 9-8 lead. The right-hander then cut through Neil Walker, Andrew McCutchen, and Chris Stewart in a 1-2-3 inning. Rondon blew the save his last time out, so it was good for him to have a bounce-back effort. He's 3-for-4 in save situations with a 2.25 ERA and a 6/1 K/BB ratio in eight innings. Apr 21 - 10:44 PM

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Hector Rondon was charged with two runs and took a blown save Saturday against the Padres.

The Cubs went into the top of the ninth with a 6-2 lead, so Phil Coke initially got the call. However, he gave up back-to-back hits before Rondon entered the game and quickly allowed an RBI single to Justin Upton and an RBI double to Will Middlebrooks. Jedd Gyorko then grounded out to drive in another run. Rondon got Alexi Amarista to strike out swinging for the first out of the inning, but Yangervis Solarte followed with a game-tying single. He managed to avoid any more damage, but this went down as his first blown save since last August 5. Still, he's been great for the Cubs and the circumstances for him entering the game Saturday were unusual, so there's nothing to be concerned about.
Apr 18 - 6:43 PM

Hector Rondon tallied his first save of the season Wednesday in the Cubs' defeat of the Cardinals.

Rondon pitched a perfect ninth, retiring Jhonny Peralta, Jon Jay, and Yadier Molina in order on just six pitches. The 27-year-old right-hander posted a stellar 2.42 ERA in 63 1/3 innings last season and figures to carry significant fantasy value throughout 2015 as the locked-in closer on a rapidly-improving Cubs team.
Apr 8 - 5:26 PM

Hector Rondon recorded a pair of strikeouts in his one inning of work Monday as the Cubs were defeated 6-3 by the Padres.

Rondon allowed a two-out double to Justin Upton but was able to escape without any further trouble. The right-hander had a terrific 2014 as the Cubs' closer, recording 29 saves with a 2.42 ERA in 63 1/3 innings. Manager Joe Maddon will have him maintain his role in the ninth inning.
Mar 9 - 7:40 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicated Saturday that Hector Rondon would begin the season as the Cubs closer.

Maddon did emphasize the importance of using his best relievers in high-leverage situations, so perhaps that's where Pedro Strop, Neil Ramirez and Jason Motte will wind up operating, with Rondon starting with a clean slate in the final frame. Rondon saved 29 games for the Cubs in 2014, posting a 2.42 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 63/15 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings.
Feb 21 - 3:07 PM

Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday, closing out the Brewers for his 29th save of the year.

Rondon faced just three batters, striking out one en route to the save. It was a great year for the first-time closer, finishing with 29 saves, a 2.42 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 63/15 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings. With an improved squad next year, the 26-year-old should have a chance at his first 30-save season in 2015.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 06:59:00 PM

Hector Rondon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Dodgers for his 26th save of the season.

Rondon set the side down in order and struck out Matt Kemp swinging to end it. The 26-year-old has converted each of his last 12 save chances. He has 26 saves on the year to go along with a 2.58 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 61/15 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 06:00:00 PM

Hector Rondon struck out two in the ninth in picking up his 23rd save on Monday.

Rondon did allow a hit in the frame, but the Brewers weren't able to push across a run. He's settled into a really nice groove, which must be difficult given how few save opportunities he gets with the Cubs. This marks Rondon's 9th save conversion in a row. He's now 23-for-27 in saves/opportunities with a 2.70 ERA and 1.14 WHIP across 53 innings.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 05:33:00 PM

Hector Rondon retired the side in order in the ninth inning to pick up his 22nd save in Tuesday's 3-0 win against the Reds.

Rondon had little issue getting through the 3-4-5 hitters in the Reds' lineup, recording a strikeout in the process. The right-hander has converted eight saves in a row, and is 22-for-26 overall with a 2.75 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a fantastic 55/13 K/BB ratio.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 11:02:00 PM

Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Orioles for his 21st save.

It was a pretty tough save as saves go, as Rondon had to go through Steve Pearce, Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz to preserve a one-run lead. Rondon has been stellar since a rocky patch in early August, converting seven straight saves without allowing a run. Rondon has a 2.81 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 54/13 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings this year.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 05:36:00 PM

Hector Rondon notched his 20th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Friday's win over the Orioles.

He got a little lucky, as both Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis smoked liners right at fielders. Nevertheless, it was another scoreless appearance from Rondon, who has allowed just one earned run across his last 16 appearances. With his recent hot streak and Neil Ramirez recently returning from the DL, Rondon has solidified his standing as the Cubs' closer.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 05:40:00 PM

Hector Rondon escaped a ninth-inning jam to pick up his 19th save as the Cubs defeated the Giants on Thursday, when play resumed from Tuesday's rain-shortened contest.

Rondon allowed two one-out singles to Joe Panik and Brandon Crawford, but was able to strike out Gregor Blanco and get Angel Pagan to sharply ground out to end the threat and the ballgame. Rondon is now 19-for-23 in save chances with a 2.92 ERA and a 53/13 K/BB ratio.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 08:31:00 PM

Hector Rondon picked up his 18th save of the season Monday as the Cubs took down the Mets.

Rondon gave up a leadoff double to Daniel Murphy but erased the threat by retiring the next three batters in order -- two via strikeout. Rondon has a decent 3.17 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 52/13 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings this year. He's poised to finish the season strong.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 03:24:00 PM

Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Brewers on Tuesday to earn his 15th save.

It wasn't a cakewalk for the right-hander, who had to face Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Scooter Gennett in the ninth. He retired them in order for his 15th save of the year. Rondon owns a 3.38 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 49/13 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 innings this season.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 10:33:00 PM

Called on to close the game in the 11th inning, Hector Rondon instead allowed a run on three singles to suffer the blown save against the Rockies on Tuesday.

Rondon got within an out of slamming the door before Charlie Culberson's single tied the game at 5-5. The blown save was Rondon's first since July 11, but he'd only had three opportunities in that span before Tuesday. The right-hander struck out two in the inning to limit the damage and the Cubs ended up prevailing, so it will go down as merely a bump in the road for Rondon. Still, with Neil Ramirez lurking, the 26-year-old can't afford to let outings like Tuesday's become more prevalent.
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 01:10:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Welington Castillo
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Addison Russell
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jorge Soler
2Junior Lake
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Travis Wood
6Tsuyoshi Wada
7Jacob Turner
8Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6Phil Coke
7Edwin Jackson
8Gonzalez Germen
9Zac Rosscup