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Hector Rondon | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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Hector Rondon pitched the last four outs of the game to earn his 13th save of the season on Friday.
Rondon has been fantastic this season. He has a 1.48 ERA with 34 strikeouts and only 3 walks in 25 2/3 innings as the closer for the best team in baseball. The reason he has only 13 saves for a 48-win team is because the Cubs usually win by more than three runs, denying Rondon an official save opportunity in those games. Jun 24 - 11:26 PM

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Hector Rondon blew his second save in as many days as the Cubs fell to the Nationals on Wednesday.

Anthony Rizzo launched a go-ahead two-run shot in the top of the ninth but Rondon couldn't make it stick. He walked Bryce Harper to lead off the bottom of the ninth and then served up a two-out RBI single to Wilson Ramos. Washington wound up winning in 12 innings. Rondon was 11-for-11 in save opportunities before Tuesday.
Jun 15 - 8:31 PM

Hector Rondon blew his first save of the season but earned a victory in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

It was a tough way to get your first blown save, as Rondon entered a one-run game in the eighth inning with a runner already on base. He gave up a single and then a sac fly before getting out of the frame. The Cubs then re-took the lead in the top of the ninth and Rondon pitched a spotless bottom of the frame. The run wasn't charted to him, so Rondon's ERA dropped to 1.23.
Jun 14 - 10:42 PM

Hector Rondon allowed a solo homer but hung on to record his 11th save of the season in Monday's win over the Phillies.

The Cubs entered the bottom of the ninth with a 6-0 lead, but Rondon was needed after Justin Grimm failed to record an out and served up a three-run homer. Rondon yielded a solo job of his own to Tommy Joseph and also had to pitch around a two-out, bloop single by Odubel Herrera, but he got it done. He's converted all 11 of his save chances.
Jun 6 - 11:26 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Hector Rondon (back) was available to pitch Thursday against the Dodgers.

He didn't end up pitching as the Cubs cruised to an easy 7-2 win, but Maddon probably would have used him in a close game. Rondon has been dealing with back stiffness but it's nothing fantasy owners need to worry about. The 28-year-old has pitched like an All-Star this year, recording a stellar 1.04 ERA over 17 1/3 innings. He's converted all nine of his save opportunities.
Jun 2 - 5:35 PM

Hector Rondon (back) threw on the field Thursday morning and reported feeling fine.

It's still unclear whether he is going to be available for Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Dodgers, but the throwing session is a pretty strong indication that his back discomfort is not serious. Pedro Strop could fill in at closer if need be.
Jun 2 - 1:03 PM

Hector Rondon told reporters Thursday morning that his sore back is feeling better.

But the Cubs' closer couldn't say whether he would be available for Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Dodgers. Rodon was unable to pitch on Wednesday night, but it didn't matter because Jon Lester went the distance in the 2-1 victory over Los Angeles. Rondon's back issue does not sound serious.
Jun 2 - 11:30 AM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Hector Rondon was unavailable for Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Dodgers because of back stiffness.

Per Maddon, Rondon reported the discomfort before the start of the game. Jon Lester made his absence a moot point for at least one day, unfurling a complete game masterpiece. No closer needed. For the season, Rondon, 28, holds a 1.04 ERA and 27/2 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings. He has converted nine of 10 save opportunities. If Rondon's back stiffness lingers or worsens, Pedro Strop would likely see the majority of save opportunities. Maddon said that he is uncertain as to Rondon's availability for Thursday.
Jun 1 - 11:06 PM

Hector Rondon nailed down his ninth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over the Dodgers.

Entering to protect a two-run lead, Rondon cruised through the ninth on 13 pitches, striking out Howie Kendrick and inducing a couple groundouts. The Cubs lost starter Jason Hammel to a hamstring cramp after two innings but still managed to toss a one-hitter, as the bullpen put up seven spotless frames. Rondon hasn't pitched a ton this season because the Cubs are crushing everyone, but he's a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities and boasts a 1.04 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 27/2 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings.
May 30 - 8:52 PM

Hector Rondon tallied his eighth save of 2016 as the Cubs beat the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Stephen Piscotty and Matt Adams opened the bottom of the ninth inning with back-to-back singles, but Rondon rallied to strike out both Yadier Molina (after Molina showed bunt) and the hot-hitting Randal Grichuk. Jedd Gyorko grounded back to the mound for the final out. Rondon has a 1.58 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2015 season and he is 10-for-10 lifetime in save opportunities against the rival Redbirds.
May 25 - 5:50 PM

Hector Rondon struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his seventh save against the Padres on Tuesday.

Rondon once again faced the minimum, using 12 pitches to get three outs. Through 13 appearances, the right-hander has a 0.73 ERA, 0.32 WHIP and 20/0 K/BB ratio. He's got seven saves in seven chances to date.
May 11 - 12:40 AM

Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth inning Saturday against the Nationals to earn his sixth save.

Rondon notched a strikeout while needing just eight pitches to dispense of the Nats. He's been fantastic when needed this year, posting a 0.79 ERA, 0.35 WHIP and 18/0 K/BB ratio over 11 1/3 innings. The problem is, he's rarely been needed, earning just six saves in the team's 23 wins thus far.
May 7 - 7:57 PM

Hector Rondon nailed down his fifth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Friday's win over the Nationals.

He got Chris Heisey looking, Ben Revere to ground out and Anthony Rendon swinging to close out a two-run victory. Rendon hasn't had many save opportunities because the Cubs have been blowing everyone out, but he's converted all five of his chances and has allowed just four baserunners and on run over 10 1/3 frames. He also boasts a 17/0 K/BB ratio.
May 6 - 5:49 PM

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

Rondon gave up a two-out single to Kirk Nieuwenhuis to make things mildly interesting, but the Brewers didn't have a rally in them. The right-hander remains spotless through six innings of work, having given up just two hits and posting a sparkling 11/0 K/BB ratio in that span. The only complaint on could register is that the Cubs' offense has only afforded him four save chances in their 15 wins thus far.
Apr 26 - 11:52 PM

Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to earn the save against the Cardinals.

Rondon allowed a leadoff single to Yadier Molina to give the Cards a sweat, but the bottom of the order couldn't get anything else going. Rondon eventually struck out pinch-hitter Jedd Gyorko to end it. Rondon hasn't had a ton of work thus far, appearing in just four games, but he's been spotless when called upon. The right-hander now has three saves and eight strikeouts in four innings of work.
Apr 20 - 12:04 AM

Depth Charts

C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Willson Contreras
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Chris Coghlan
3Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Javier Baez
3B1Kris Bryant
2Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
3Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Justin Grimm
4Trevor Cahill
5Travis Wood
6Spencer Patton
7Gerardo Concepcion
8Carl Edwards Jr.
9Clayton Richard
10Zac Rosscup
11Joe Nathan