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Hector Rondon | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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Cubs and RHP Hector Rondon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.2 million contract.
It's a huge salary bump for Rondon in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He earned it by putting up a 1.67 ERA and 69/15 K/BB ratio over 70 frames for the Cubs in 2015. He'll be their closer again this season. Jan 15 - 1:23 PM

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Hector Rondon nailed down his second save of the postseason with a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

The Cubs used seven relievers in Game 4 after Jason Hammel had an abbreviated outing. Rondon was the one to close things out, as he allowed a two-out single to Matt Carpenter but got Stephen Piscotty to strike out to secure the two-run victory. The Cubs are headed to the NLCS for the first time since 2003.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 08:40:00 PM

Hector Rondon notched his 30th save of the season in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Brewers, tossing a perfect ninth inning to preserve the tight victory.

Rondon entered in the ninth with the Cubs clinging to a 1-0 advantage, but he made sure there weren't any nervous moments. He recorded the first out via a strikeout of Jason Rogers, then finished out the game with two ground outs. This season, the 27-year-old closer is 30-for-34 in save chances with a 1.67 ERA and 69/15 K/BB ratio in 70 innings.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 10:16:00 PM

Hector Rondon was ejected from Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

Rondon plunked Greg Garcia to begin the ninth inning and was promptly tossed along with manager Joe Maddon. Both sides had been warned an inning earlier after Kolten Wong was struck by a pitch from Fernando Rodney. Zac Rosscup replaced Rondon after the ejection.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 04:10:00 PM

Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals on Tuesday to earn his 27th save.

Rondon protected a three-run lead with relative ease, working around a Matt Carpenter double to close out the win. The right-hander struck out two in the appearance. Along with his 27 saves, Rondon owns an impressive 1.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 61/14 K/BB ratio through 62 innings.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 12:08:00 AM

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.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 11:19:00 PM

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.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 01:56:00 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.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 11:14:00 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.
Fri, Aug 7, 2015 08:11:00 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.
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 01:16:00 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.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 01:25:00 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.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 05:04:00 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.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 09:28:00 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.
Sat, Jun 20, 2015 05:43:00 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.
Thu, Jun 11, 2015 11:44:00 PM