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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 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

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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

Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close out the Cubs' 4-3 victory against the Mets on Monday, notching his seventh save as well.

Rondon issued a leadoff walk to Curtis Granderson, but got Dilson Herrera to line out and Johnny Monell to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the contest. The right-hander has converted seven of eight save opportunities while posting a 3.21 ERA and a 13/5 K/BB ratio in 14 innings.
May 11 - 11:39 PM

Hector Rondon escaped with his sixth save on Wednesday as the Cubs edged the Cardinals 6-5.

Rondon allowed a leadoff single to Peter Bourjos, who advanced to third base on an infield ground out on a hit-and-run. Rondon then walked Matt Holliday before getting Mark Reynolds to strike out and Jhonny Peralta to ground out to end the game. Rondon is now 6-for-7 in save chances with a 1.50 ERA and a 12/2 K/BB ratio in 12 innings.
May 6 - 11:28 PM

Hector Rondon struck out a pair over a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Friday's win over the Brewers.

Rondon painted the corners and blew Ryan Braun and Khris Davis away with 96-98 mph heat. Jason Rogers got to the closer with a two-out double, but Rondon then induced a game-ending groundout by Adam Lind to preserve the one-run victory. Rondon looks like an elite closer so far this season with a 1.64 ERA and 11/1 K/BB ratio over 11 innings.
May 1 - 5:46 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2Kyle Schwarber
3David Ross
4Taylor Teagarden
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Addison Russell
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Jacob Turner
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jason Motte
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Neil Ramirez
5Justin Grimm
6James Russell
7Rafael Soriano
8Zac Rosscup
9Travis Wood
10Yoervis Medina
11Ben Rowen