Hector Rondon, Relief Pitcher/Closer, Chicago Cubs, #56


Date of Birth: 2/26/1988
Birthplace: Guatire, Venezuela
Current Salary: $5,800,000

Hector Rondon, relief pitcher/closer for the Chicago Cubs, was originally signed by the Cleveland Indians in August, 2004, at the age of 16. He played in the Indians' minor league system from 2006 through 2009. He had Tommy John surgery in 2010 and then fractured an elbow the following season, missing most of those two years. He returned to the minors for the 2012 season. As a minor leaguer, he pitched 521.2 innings in 105 games and he had a 33-33 record, 471 strikeouts to 113 walks, and a 4.16 ERA.

The Cubs acquired Rondon in December, 2012. He pitched 54.2 innings in 45 games out of the bullpen for the Cubs in 2013. He finished the season with a 4.77 ERA. He became the team's closer in 2014. He finished the 2014 season with 29 saves and a 2.42 ERA in 63.1 innings in 64 games.

As the Cubs' closer in 2015, Rondon had 30 saves in 72 games. He finished the season with a 1.67 ERA and 69 strikeouts to 15 walks in 70.0 innings. He pitched 5.0 innings in 5 postseason games and he gave up 5 hits, including a home run, and 2 runs. He had 2 saves and a 3.60 ERA.

Rondon finished the 2016 season with a 3.53 ERA in 54 games. He had 2 wins to 3 losses, 18 saves, and 58 strikeouts to 8 walks in 51.0 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 6.0 innings in 7 games and he gave up 8 hits and 3 runs.

Career pitching statistics for Rondon through 2016 include:

  • 235 games played
  • 239.0 innings pitched
  • 14-12 win-loss record
  • 77 saves
  • 234 strikeouts to 63 walks
  • 2.97 ERA

Sources for Information
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