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Hector Rondon | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Hector Rondon secured his 12th save of the season on Friday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a one-run lead against the Cardinals.
It's the first save chance that the Cubs have generated for him in over a week, and with his recent struggles it was a much needed clean inning from the big right-hander. He owns a 3.72 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 40/13 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings, but has to be on his toes with Neil Ramirez looming and ready to take his job at any moment. Jul 25 - 8:00 PM

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Hector Rondon was handed his third blown save of the season on Friday after surrendering a run in the ninth inning against the Braves.

Tasked with protecting a one-run advantage, Rondon allowed a leadoff double to Jason Heyward to put himself in trouble. After battling back to get the next two outs, Christian Bethancourt delivered an RBI single to score Heyward and tie the game. The Cubs did manage to score in the bottom half of the inning to earn him a backdoor win. With as much as he's struggled lately, it wouldn't be surprising to see Neil Ramirez get the ball the next time the Cubs are facing a save situation.
Jul 11 - 7:28 PM

Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 10th save Monday against the Red Sox.

Rondon got the job done for his third save in the two weeks since he returned from a sore elbow, but the Cubs made obvious their wavering confidence in him when they got Neil Ramirez up after a leadoff single in the ninth. Rondon erased the baserunner with a double play ball and then got another groundout, so he'll probably receive the next save chance. However, his job simply isn't very secure at the moment.
Jun 30 - 10:37 PM

Hector Rondon slammed the door on the Nationals, working a scoreless ninth in Thursday's victory.

Rondon easily protected a two-run lead, getting two ground outs and a strikeout for a 1-2-3 inning. It was the right-hander's first appearance since relenting five runs to the Reds on Monday. Now 9-for-11 in save opportunities, Rondon now carries a 3.68 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 35/10 K/BB ratio in 29 1/3 innings.
Jun 26 - 10:56 PM

After entering a tie game in the ninth, Hector Rondon was pounded for five runs by the Reds on Monday.

Rondon's ERA jumped from 2.28 to 3.56. The grand slam he gave up to Devin Mesoraco was the first homer he's allowed in 28 innings this season. As impressive as Neil Ramirez has been, Rondon's hold on the Cubs' closer role is tenuous. He didn't blow a save tonight, but his job security took a hit.
Jun 23 - 11:50 PM

Hector Rondon tossed a perfect ninth inning Friday against the Pirates for his eighth save of the season.

He struck out two batters in the inning. Rondon has been bothered by an elbow issue recently, so this was his first save chance since he took the loss against the Marlins on June 6. He has struck out five of the eight batters he has faced since returning to action, so it looks like he's back on track physically.
Jun 20 - 7:17 PM

Hector Rondon returned to action on Monday and struck out the side in his inning of work against the Marlins.

Rondon hadn't pitched in 10 days because of elbow soreness. He gave up a hit and a walk during his inning tonight and threw 26 pitches, so we really doubt that he'll be available again on Tuesday. Technically, he's still probably the Cubs' closer. However, Neil Ramirez figures to be used in the ninth if there's a save situation tomorrow.
Jun 17 - 12:59 AM

Hector Rondon (elbow) is expected to be available Sunday after getting through an 11-pitch bullpen session Saturday with no issues.

"He got through an 11-pitch pen,’’ Renteria said. ‘‘He threw breaking balls. He didn’t have any setbacks. And we’ll see how he feels [Sunday morning], how he reacts." Rondon added that he feels "really good. Everything’s normal right now." The reliever had Tommy John surgery in 2010 and a follow-up procedure less than two years later, so it's understandable that the Cubs exercised some caution here. It appears that Rondon will be fine, but his owners should roster Neil Ramirez as insurance.
Jun 15 - 10:26 AM

Hector Rondon (elbow) is scheduled to throw off flat ground on Saturday and said that his elbow issue wasn't a concern and that he would be fine.

It's encouraging news for Rondon owners, who may have the closer back at some point this weekend. Neil Ramirez remains a nice handcuff option to have on-hand though in case the elbow injury becomes more serious.
Jun 14 - 12:04 PM

Cubs manager Rick Renteria clarified Friday that Neil Ramirez was used in a save situation instead of Hector Rondon due to the fact that Rondon is dealing with a bit of a sore elbow.

Renteria didn't seem overly concerned about the injury, and said that Rondon will test his elbow with a bullpen session on Saturday. Fantasy owners should pay careful attention to how that session goes, as Ramirez could be an interesting source of saves in the short-term should Rondon require a trip to the disabled list.
Jun 13 - 11:23 PM

Hector Rondon worked around a two-out single in the ninth inning to pick up his seventh save in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

Rondon struck out two in his second appearance since returning from paternity leave, improving his K/BB ratio to 27/8 in 24 2/3 innings and lowering his ERA to 1.46. He's 7-for-8 in save chances on the season.
Jun 4 - 11:55 PM

Cubs activated RHP Hector Rondon from the paternity leave list.

Rondon only missed a couple of games. He has been getting the majority of save opportunities over the past month for the Cubs and should be owned in all standard fantasy leagues. Neil Ramirez is worth a stash.
Jun 3 - 4:31 PM

Cubs placed RHP Hector Rondon on the paternity leave list.

He can be away from the big club for up to three days. Pedro Strop has replaced him on the roster, but it's doubtful he'd be used in the ninth inning fresh off the DL. If the Cubs get a save chance while Rondon is away, Neil Ramirez or possibly Justin Grimm could get a shot.
May 30 - 3:08 PM

Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth for a save Saturday against the Padres.

Rondon retired all three batters he faced in his first appearance since taking a blown save Wednesday against the Yankees. He's 6-for-7 saving games for the Cubs.
May 25 - 12:54 AM

Hector Rondon blew a two-run lead Wednesday in the Cubs' extra-innings loss to the Yankees.

Jeff Samardzija started the game and tossed seven scoreless innings, but Rondon's rough outing kept the Cubs' ace from securing his first victory of the 2014 season. Chicago's ninth-inning situation remains a mess.
May 21 - 7:04 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Junior Lake
2Chris Coghlan
CF1Arismendy Alcantara
2Ryan Sweeney
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6James McDonald
7Felix Doubront
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4James Russell
5Wesley Wright
6Carlos Villanueva
7Felix Doubront
8Brian Schlitter
9Kyuji Fujikawa
10Blake Parker
11Chris Rusin