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Hector Rondon | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / CLE
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Astros signed RHP Hector Rondon to a two-year, $8.5 million contract.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported the agreement earlier Friday and now has the particulars after Rondon passed a physical. Rondon had a disappointing 4.24 ERA in 2017, but his velocity was fine and he had a career-best 29.1 percent strikeout percentage. He'll help the Astros in a setup role if he can stay healthy. Fri, Dec 15, 2017 03:14:00 PM

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Hector Rondon has agreed to a contract with the Astros.

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo says it's a two-year deal. Rondon was non-tendered by the Cubs after posting a 4.24 ERA this past season, but his velocity and strikeouts were fine. He did have elbow issues in the second half, but if he can stay healthy Rondon should bounce back with the Astros in 2018.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Hector Rondon is drawing free agent interest from the Astros and Nationals, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

It sounds like a deal could be close to completion with one of those two teams. Rondon was non-tendered by the Cubs on December 1 after posting a 4.24 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 69/20 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings of relief in 2017. The 29-year-old right-hander will be a pretty good bounceback candidate in 2018.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 09:48:00 AM

Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 reports that the Twins have shown interest in free agent reliever Hector Rondon, but they believe he's close to signing with another team.

The Twins have been linked to several relievers this year, but have yet to come up with a closer for the 2018 campaign. It sounds like they'll come up short here, as well. The recently non-tendered right-hander had a 60/20 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings with a 4.24 ERA for the Cubs.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 10:37:00 PM

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals checked in on free agent reliever Hector Rondon after he was non-tendered by the Cubs earlier this month.

For what it's worth, there's a connection here with new manager Dave Martinez, who was previously Joe Maddon's bench coach with the Cubs. Rondon delivered a mediocre 4.24 ERA over 61 appearances in 2017, but he's been a trusted late-inning arm in the past.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 02:02:00 PM

Cubs non-tendered RHP Hector Rondon.

The Cubs were unable to find a taker via trade before Friday's non-tender deadline. Rondon posted a 4.24 ERA and 60/20 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings this past season and was due a raise in arbitration from his $5.8 million salary. He figures to draw plenty of interest in free agency.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 09:22:00 PM

The Cubs added Hector Rondon to their roster for the NLCS.

Rondon was left off for the NLDS as the team still had some concerns about the health of his elbow. He's taking the place of the struggling Justin Wilson.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 01:11:00 PM

Hector Rondon is not on the Cubs' NLDS roster.

Rondon was unscored upon in September, but he was shut down for a couple weeks with bone chips in his right elbow and it would appear him being left off the NLDS roster indicates that the team is still worried about his health. The Cubs have elected to carry starter John Lackey and struggling reliever Justin Wilson in the bullpen instead, and Leonys Martin also made the roster as an extra outfielder.
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 10:12:00 AM

Hector Rondon (elbow) returned to the mound on Friday, striking out a pair in a scoreless inning of work.

Rondon had been shut down since early August due to bone chips in his pitching elbow. Getting him back and healthy would be a nice boost for the Cubs as they get ready for the postseason.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 08:20:00 AM

Hector Rondon (elbow) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session, and he could be available as soon as Thursday for the Cubs series against the Brewers.

Rondon hasn't pitched in a game since being shutdown with elbow inflammation last week. We'll have to see how he feels after the session, but it does appear to be a positive development for the right-hander.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 05:29:00 PM

Hector Rondon (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

It'll be his first mound workout since he was shut down earlier this month due to bone chips in his right elbow. Rondon has struggled in the second half and is obviously no lock to make the Cubs' postseason roster.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 03:59:00 PM

Hector Rondon will be shut down for at least a week due to bone chips in his right elbow.

The good news, is that his MRI revealed no structural damage. Unfortunately, there's still no clear timeline for his return to the Cubs' bullpen.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 07:35:00 PM

Hector Rondon has been shut down for the time being due to a sore right elbow.

The good news is tests came back negative for structural damage, but it sounds like Rondon will be unavailable for a while. The injury could at least partly explain the reliever's poor second half (5.59 ERA).
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 12:53:00 PM

Hector Rondon (back) allowed a run on three hits and a walk Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

It was the first appearance since August 1 for Rondon, who's been working through a back issue. He holds a 4.06 ERA in 44 1/3 innings this season out of the Cubs' bullpen.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 09:08:00 AM

Hector Rondon was unavailable Tuesday because of a stiff back.

It sounds like a day-to-day situation, though Rondon hasn't appeared in a game since August 1. The 29-year-old setup man owns a solid 3.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 53/17 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings this season out of the Cubs' bullpen.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 01:23:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Evan Gattis
3Max Stassi
4Tim Federowicz
1B1Yuli Gurriel
2Tyler White
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
2J.D. Davis
LF1Derek Fisher
2Tony Kemp
CF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Marwin Gonzalez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Justin Verlander
3Lance McCullers
4Gerrit Cole
5Charlie Morton
6Brad Peacock
7Collin McHugh
8David Paulino
9Cionel Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Chris Devenski
3Joe Smith
4Will Harris
5Hector Rondon
6Tony Sipp
7Francis Martes
8Reymin Guduan
9James Hoyt
10Jandel Gustave
11Anthony Gose
12Matt Ramsey
13Charles Basford
14Blair Walters