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56 Hector Rondon RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/180 | Birthdate: 2/26/1988 | Birthplace: Guatire, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 2 | Salary: $490,000 | Owned/Started%: 42/35 | Average Draft Position: 1081.00
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Hector Rondon records saves on consecutive days


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon earned his second save in as many days during a 4-1 win Monday against the Mets. He now has 18 saves on the season.

Rondon was able to work around a leadoff double to Daniel Murphy to start the bottom of the ninth inning. He got his first out on a strikeout of David Wright. Lucas Duda then hit a deep fly out to center field, which allowed Murphy to tag up and reach third base. But Rondon finished off the win by striking out Travis d'Arnaud.

Monday was the first time in six outings Rondon had multiple strikeouts. He has tossed five straight scoreless outings, allowing just one hit in that span.


Hector Rondon locks down 17th save Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon worked a perfect ninth inning during Sunday's 2-1 win against the Mets to earn his 17th save.

Rondon opened the bottom of the ninth inning by getting Daniel Murphy to pop out to shortstop on a 3-2 pitch. Lucas Duda grounded out to first base after two pitches and Eric Campbell ended the game with a strikeout. 

Rondon has three saves since Aug. 12 and has not allowed a run, hit or walk in four straight outings.


Hector Rondon earns 16th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon picked up his 16th save Wednesday, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 4-2 win over the Brewers.

Rondon has delivered perfect innings in each of his last three appearances after giving up a run in each of his previous two outings. He owns a 3.30 ERA and 49:13 K:BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings.


Hector Rondon picks up another save Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon saved his 15th game Tuesday against the Brewers.

Rondon tossed a perfect inning of work. He did not notch any strikeouts during the appearance. Rondon induced a flyout and two groundouts over one inning. His ERA fell to 3.38 following the outing. 


Hector Rondon takes loss Friday vs. Rays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon was stuck with a loss Friday, giving up one earned run on three hits in one inning of action in his team's 4-3 defeat against the Rays.

Rondon (3-4) pitched the top of the 10th inning after the Cubs tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. He retired the first batter he faced before surrendering three straight singles to tie the game. Rondon owns a 3.53 ERA and 48:13 K:BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings.


Hector Rondon blows save, picks up win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon blew an 11th-inning save opportunity Tuesday but picked up a win in his team's 6-5, 12-inning victory over the Rockies.

Rendon (3-3) surrendered one earned run on three hits in one inning of action and struck out two, earning him his fifth blown save of the season. The offense was able to score again in the top of the 12th, and the next reliever up protected the lead the second time around. Rendon owns a 3.40 ERA and 48:13 K:BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.


Hector Rondon escapes shaky outing with the save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon was not at his best but still managed to pick up the save Thursday afternoon at home against the Rockies.

Rondon allowed back-to-back singles to start the ninth, but settled down with a pair of strikeouts to close out a 3-1 victory. He allowed two hits and no walks while striking out two over a scoreless frame. He has converted 14 saves in 17 attempts, with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP over 40 1/3 innings.

Hector Rondon finding better slider


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon has been impressing his coaches recently, with manager Rick Rentering telling MLB.com his slider has been especially impressive recently.

"Hector has the potential to be a closer, and a consistent closer," Renteria said Thursday. "The last couple of days, all of us have noticed him using the slider a little more effectively and it's got more depth. He's been working on it."

Rondon has 13 saves on the season, but has been especially effective recently. Over nine July appearances, he has allowed two runs in eight innings, with seven strikeouts and only one walk.  


Hector Rondon saves his 13th game Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon saved his 13th game Monday against the Rockies.

Rondon entered the game with a three-run lead, and did not disappoint. He tossed a perfect inning of work, striking out one during the outing. Rondon lowered his ERA to 3.52 with the outing. 


Hector Rondon picks up save No. 12


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Cubs reliever Hector Rondon worked his way around a hit and needed only __ pitches to close out a 7-6 win over the Cardinals Friday afternoon. Rondon has converted 12 saves in 15 tries. He owns a 3.72 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 36 1/3 innings of relief. 

Hector Rondon blows saves, but wins game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Cubs reliever Hector Rondon blew a save Friday against the Braves, but managed to pick up a win.

Rondon entered the game in the top of the ninth with a one run lead. He allowed two hits during one inning of work, including a game-tying single to Christian Betancourt. He struck out one hitter during the appearance and did not issue any walks. 

The Cubs found a way to take Rondon off the hook, scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the inning. He moves to 2-3 with the victory.


Hector Rondon saddled with the loss Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon was saddled with the loss Tuesday against the Reds.

Rondon came in with the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth. He couldn't seem to get anyone out, allowing three hits, including the game-winner. With men on first and third, Billy Hamilton singled off Rondon, scoring the game-winning run.

Rondon gave up three hits and one earned run during the outing. The loss drops him to 1-3 on the year. 


Hector Rondon secures 11th save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon gave up a hit during a scoreless ninth inning while striking out one and picking up his 11th save in his team's 2-1 win over the Red Sox Tuesday.

Rondon has secured two saves in two days, with both coming against the Red Sox. The Cubs closer is strengthening his role in the ninth inning after struggling at times during June, and he could pique trade interest if he can continue to have success in July. Rondon owns a 3.62 ERA and 37:12 K:BB ratio 32 1/3 innings.


Hector Rondon earns 10th save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon picked up his 10th save Monday, giving up just one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 2-0 win over the Red Sox.

Rondon had his share of struggles in June, giving up five runs in one outing and three runs in another, but he appears to have emerged from the month with the closer role. He owns a 3.73 ERA and 36:12 K:BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings.


Hector Rondon strikes out one in ninth save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon bounced back from a subpar performance in his last appearance, as he picked up his ninth save in a 5-3 win over the Nationals.

Rondon worked a perfect ninth in the game, on just 14 pitches. He struck out one batter en route to his 9th save in 11 tries.

Rondon has a 3.68 ERA in 29 1/3 innings, with a 1.26 WHIP and 35 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.  


Hector Rondon blasted in loss vs. Reds Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon was hit with a loss Monday after giving up five earned runs on four hits and one walk in his team's 6-1 defeat against the Reds.

Rondon (1-2) gave up the go-ahead run on an infield single to Billy Hamilton, and a few batters later Devin Mesoraco put the nail in the coffin with a grand slam. Rondon earned a save in his last appearance, but it remains to be seen how the meltdown will affect his role going forward. He owns a 3.81 ERA and 34:10 K:BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings. Eight of his 12 earned runs allowed have come in his last four appearances.


Hector Rondon save bad news for Neil Ramirez


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/20/2014) The Cubs' murky closer situation became a little clearer Friday when Hector Rondon recorded a save in only his second appearance since his extended absence for an elbow injury. He struck out two in a perfect ninth inning, looking just as dominant as he did in 24 appearances before his disastrous outing June 6 -- his last before his extended absence.

Neil Ramirez, who filled in for Rondon and who many hoped would keep the role given his impressive numbers to date, wasn't even a candidate for the ninth inning in this one. The Cubs used him in the seventh inning. He did fine, issuing one walk and recording one strikeout in a scoreless inning to lower his ERA to 1.00, but how well he pitches is irrelevant in most leagues if he's not getting saves.

He's probably still the Cubs' backup plan, making him worth stashing in deeper leagues where saves are especially scarce, but given how effective Rondon was before the injury, compiling a 1.46 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings, you shouldn't count on him blowing this chance to claim the role all for himself.


Hector Rondon records rare save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) The Cubs have taken great care to manage closer Hector Rondon's workload recently, as he received just his second save opportunity in the last two weeks Friday against the Pirates.

Rondon worked a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 6-3 win. He set the side down in order on just eight pitches, while striking out two batters. Rondon is now 8 of 10 in save chances on the season. 


Cubs' closer situation gets all the more confusing


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/17/2014) Wondering why James Russell got the save in the Cubs' extra-inning win over the Marlins Monday? Yeah, so am I.

Hector Rondon, who has been the closer most of the year, returned from a nine-day absence for an elbow injury with a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit and one walk, but the Cubs clearly didn't reserve him for a save situation, as the road team normally would its closer in an extra-inning game.

So then, they must have been reserving Neil Ramirez, right? After all, he got the save opportunities in Rondon's absence and has the more impressive numbers between the two, leading CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman to suggest on Monday's Fantasy Baseball Today that he may be more than just an injury fill-in.

But when the save opportunity came in the bottom of the 13th inning, it wasn't Ramirez who got the call, but Russell. Ramirez was well rested, too, having thrown just 11 pitches Sunday after sitting out Saturday.

Of course, the Cubs have been extra cautious with Ramirez's workload so far, which may be all there is to it. I still think he's the Cubs' reliever to own here, with Rondon a close second. Hopefully, we'll have some clarity soon.


Hector Rondon (elbow) available to pitch again


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Cubs manager Rick Renteria said reliever Hector Rondon felt "good" Sunday after testing his sore elbow Saturday, per the Chicago Sun-Times. Renteria said Rondon is available to pitch Sunday against the Phillies, but he hopes to give him another day to rest.

Hector Rondon has no setbacks with Saturday bullpen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon threw a bullpen session before Saturday's game and had no setbacks with his sore elbow, MLB.com reports.

"Didn't have any setbacks," manager Rick Renteria said. "So we'll see how he feels [Sunday], how he reacts. He looked good."

Rondon could be available to pitch Sunday if he reports improvement in the elbow. He owns a 2.45 ERA and 29:8 K:BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings.


Hector Rondon able to throw off flat ground


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Cubs reliever Hector Rondon was able to throw off flat ground Saturday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Rondon is dealing with elbow soreness, but believes he'll be fine. It's unclear how soon he'll return to action. Through 25 2/3 innings, he's posted a 2.45 ERA. 


Hector Rondon dealing with elbow soreness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Cubs manager Rick Renteria used reliever Neil Ramirez over closer Hector Rondon in the ninth inning of Friday's game against the Phillies because Rondon is battling a sore elbow, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rondon is expected to test his elbow in a bullpen session Saturday.

Hector Rondon allows three runs in blown save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon has been mostly untouchable this season, but he couldn't make a three-run lead stand up Friday against the Marlins.

Rondon entered the game with the Cubs' staff working on a combined shutout, but had trouble closing out the Marlins. He allowed three runs on four hits in the frame, and needed to throw 32 pitches to get out with a tie, while striking out two batters.  

Rondon has now blown two saves in nine tries this season, though both ave come in his last four attempts. He has a 2.45 ERA in 25 2/3 innings of work.


Hector Rondon strikes out two in save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon gave up one hit while striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to finish off his team's 5-4 win over the Mets and earn his seventh save.

Rondon has given up just one earned run on four hits and two walks over his last nine appearances as he settles into the closer role in Chicago. He owns a 1.46 ERA and 27:8 K:BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings.