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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 26)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 3.69 1.21 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date2-26-1988
Height6' 3"
Weight180 lbs
Age26 years, 7 months, 25 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
2011
2012
-0.12013
1.02014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2013 CHN 25 45 0 54.7 0.0 54.7 2 1 0 2 0 0 242 52 29 29 6 83 25 20 3 44 4.77 4.37 5.11 -1.4 -0.1
2014 CHN 26 64 0 63.3 0.0 63.3 4 4 29 4 0 0 255 52 21 17 2 63 15 15 0 63 2.42 2.23 3.05 9.2 1.0
Career1090118.00.0118.0652960049710450468146403531073.513.234.017.90.9

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2006 IND Rk 11 11 52.1 4.52 107 .287 .251 .328 .355 .263 .306 101 4.7 0.5 4.7 0.5
2007 LKC A 27 27 136.0 4.29 112 .256 .264 .339 .399 .265 .315 103 26.2 2.6 26.2 2.6
2008 KIN A+ 27 27 145.0 4.17 109 .242 .261 .334 .398 .263 .300 98 22.3 2.2 22.3 2.2
2009 AKR AA 15 13 72.0 3.14 127 .218 .253 .329 .382 .262 .297 98 15.1 1.6 15.1 1.6
2009 COH AAA 12 12 74.3 4.67 111 .253 .262 .324 .398 .246 .335 117 10.7 1.0 10.7 1.0
2009 CAR Wnt 6 6 25.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .273 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 COH AAA 7 7 31.7 7.60 51 .343 .262 .336 .419 .258 .379 108 -4.8 -0.5 -4.8 -0.5
2011 MHV A- 2 2 3.0 3.07 142 .196 .252 .314 .341 .250 .300 114 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2011 CAR Wnt 5 0 8.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .240 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 AKR AA 2 0 4.0 3.32 120 .266 .260 .333 .375 .262 .333 94 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2012 CLE Rk 2 2 3.0 1.71 166 .057 .288 .338 .454 .283 .000 93 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2
2012 LEO Wnt 23 0 21.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .238 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 CHN MLB 45 0 54.7 5.11 80 .267 .251 .315 .393 .257 .280 105 -1.4 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1
2014 CHN MLB 64 0 63.3 3.05 122 .209 .252 .311 .384 .259 .286 98 9.2 1.0 9.2 1.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2006 IND Rk 3 4 0 11 11 52.1 62 3 32 6 49% .306 10.7 0.5 1.0 5.5 1.25 5.18 4.7 0.5
2007 LKC A 7 10 0 27 27 136.0 143 27 113 13 43% .315 9.5 1.8 0.9 7.5 1.25 4.37 26.2 2.6
2008 KIN A+ 11 6 0 27 27 145.0 130 42 145 12 42% .300 8.1 2.6 0.7 9.0 1.19 3.60 22.3 2.2
2009 AKR AA 7 5 0 15 13 72.0 60 16 73 3 43% .297 7.5 2.0 0.4 9.1 1.06 2.75 15.1 1.6
2009 COH AAA 4 5 0 12 12 74.3 83 13 64 8 35% .335 10.1 1.6 1.0 7.8 1.29 4.00 10.7 1.0
2009 CAR Wnt 2 0 0 6 6 25.3 23 5 14 2 0% .273 8.2 1.8 0.7 5.0 1.11 4.27 0.0 0.0
2010 COH AAA 1 3 0 7 7 31.7 48 10 33 12 36% .379 13.6 2.8 3.4 9.4 1.83 8.52 -4.8 -0.5
2011 CAR Wnt 1 0 0 5 0 8.7 6 7 6 0 0% .240 6.2 7.3 0.0 6.2 1.50 5.19 0.0 0.0
2011 MHV A- 0 0 0 2 2 3.0 3 0 2 0 50% .300 9.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 1.00 3.00 1.3 0.1
2012 LEO Wnt 2 1 0 23 0 21.0 15 6 12 0 0% .238 6.4 2.6 0.0 5.1 1.00 4.29 0.0 0.0
2012 CLE Rk 0 0 0 2 2 3.0 0 1 6 0 0% .000 0.0 3.0 0.0 18.0 0.33 0.00 1.7 0.2
2012 AKR AA 0 0 0 2 0 4.0 4 1 3 0 42% .333 9.0 2.2 0.0 6.8 1.25 2.25 0.6 0.1
2013 CHN MLB 2 1 0 45 0 54.7 52 25 44 6 46% .280 8.6 4.1 1.0 7.2 1.41 4.77 -1.4 -0.1
2014 CHN MLB 4 4 29 64 0 63.3 52 15 63 2 50% .286 7.4 2.1 0.3 9.0 1.06 2.42 9.2 1.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2013 913 0.4995 0.4742 0.7755 0.6820 0.2648 0.8167 0.6694 0.2245
2014 997 0.5376 0.5135 0.7832 0.6791 0.3210 0.8516 0.6149 0.2168
Career19100.51940.49470.77950.68050.29410.83490.6410.2205

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-07 2014-06-16 DTD 9 9 Right Elbow Inflammation -
2012-04-05 2012-08-30 Minors 147 0 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Fracture 2011-11-15 -
2011-11-15 2011-11-15 Minors 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Fracture 2011-11-15 -
2011-06-17 2011-08-31 Minors 75 0 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2010-08-25 -
2010-05-13 2010-09-22 Minors 132 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2010-08-25

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 CHN $514,000
2013 CHN $490,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$490,000
2011Current$514,000
2 yrPvs + Cur$1,004,000
2 yrTotal$1,004,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 0 d1 year/$0.514M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.514M (2014). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/3/14.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2013). Re-signed by Cleveland 11/8/12 (minor-league contract). Selected by Chicago Cubs from Cleveland in Rule 5 draft 12/6/12.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Cleveland (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Cleveland 2/11. DFA by Cleveland 12/6/11. Sent outright to Triple-A 12/9/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/10/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Cleveland 11/20/08. Re-signed by Cleveland 3/9/09.
  • Signed as an amateur free agent from Venezuela.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 0 0 0 80.1 63 19 70 9 .268 1.03 3.04 3.3 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 73.4 62 19 64 9 .284 1.11 3.44 3.74 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 68.7 61 19 60 8 .295 1.17 3.73 4.05 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 64.8 60 19 57 8 .304 1.22 3.98 4.33 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 61.2 59 18 54 8 .313 1.27 4.22 4.59 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 0 0 0 57.7 58 18 51 8 .322 1.32 4.47 4.85 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 0 0 0 54.0 57 18 47 8 .331 1.38 4.73 5.14 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 0 0 0 49.8 55 17 44 8 .343 1.45 5.05 5.48 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 0 0 0 44.1 52 16 39 7 .358 1.55 5.49 5.97 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0000060.55818538.3111.264.194.550.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
28% 51% 18% 25% 80%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20152731055058541455740.3121.173.714.048.32.28.51.10.6
20162821038040391137540.3161.254.174.538.82.58.31.10.2
20172921038040381037540.3131.203.894.238.52.28.31.10.3
20183021039042391038540.3091.183.724.058.42.28.21.10.4
2019312103603836935540.3091.173.704.028.52.18.21.20.4
2020322103103331830440.3111.183.774.108.52.28.21.10.3
2021331102903029727440.3111.193.824.168.62.18.01.20.3
2022341102702927726440.3111.193.794.128.52.28.21.30.3
2023351102502725624340.3111.163.784.108.42.08.11.00.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
7.77.563.855.930.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 89 Ross Ohlendorf 2009 4.08
2 89 Wade LeBlanc 2011 4.74
3 88 Collin Balester 2012 7.00
4 88 Hector Noesi 2013 7.24
5 88 Junichi Tazawa 2012 1.43
6 86 John Ely 2012 20.25
7 86 Esmil Rogers 2012 4.81
8 86 Rick VandenHurk 2011 9.00
9 86 Zach Stewart 2013 0.00 DNP
10 85 Hayden Penn 2011 0.00 DNP
11 85 David Hernandez 2011 3.50
12 85 Boof Bonser 2008 6.62
13 85 Angel Guzman 2008 5.59
14 84 Charlie Furbush 2012 2.91
15 84 Carlos Carrasco 2013 6.94
16 84 Radhames Liz 2009 67.50
17 84 Fernando Nieve 2009 3.19
18 83 Josh Banks 2009 7.54
19 83 Yusmeiro Petit 2011 0.00 DNP
20 83 Brad Lincoln 2011 5.10
21 83 Steven Shell 2009 5.40
22 82 Jason Hammel 2009 4.79
23 82 Felipe Paulino 2010 6.19
24 82 Ryan Feierabend 2012 0.00 DNP
25 82 Eric Hurley 2012 0.00 DNP
26 82 Paolo Espino 2013 0.00 DNP
27 81 Jo-Jo Reyes 2011 6.33
28 81 Josh Tomlin 2011 4.35
29 81 Barry Enright 2012 14.73
30 81 Jae Kuk Ryu 2009 0.00 DNP
31 81 Jhonny Nunez 2012 0.00 DNP
32 81 Philip Humber 2009 8.00
33 81 Michael Stutes 2013 5.60
34 81 Bud Norris 2011 4.50
35 80 Shaun Marcum 2008 3.57
36 80 Jason Vargas 2009 5.20
37 80 Jarod Plummer 2010 0.00 DNP
38 80 J.A. Happ 2009 2.98
39 80 Joel Carreno 2013 0.00 DNP
40 80 Daryl Thompson 2012 0.00 DNP
41 80 Blake Hawksworth 2009 2.25
42 80 Jason Bergmann 2008 6.06
43 79 Adam Ottavino 2012 4.78
44 79 James Shields 2008 3.93
45 79 Travis Banwart 2012 0.00 DNP
46 79 Matt Shoemaker 2013 0.00
47 79 Ian Snell 2008 5.86
48 79 Anthony Reyes 2008 2.76
49 79 Juan Oviedo 2008 3.54
50 79 Mike Colla 2013 0.00 DNP
51 79 Ernesto Frieri 2012 2.73
52 79 Tanner Roark 2013 1.84
53 79 Arnie Munoz 2008 0.00 DNP
54 78 George Kontos 2011 3.00
55 78 Ryan Edell 2010 0.00 DNP
56 78 Matt Maloney 2010 3.05
57 78 Will Inman 2013 0.00 DNP
58 78 Billy Buckner 2010 11.77
59 78 Corey Kluber 2012 6.29
60 78 Henry Sosa 2012 0.00 DNP
61 78 Dan Meyer 2008 9.11
62 78 Andrew Carpenter 2011 7.98
63 78 Matt Chico 2009 0.00 DNP
64 78 Daniel McCutchen 2009 4.21
65 78 Taylor Buchholz 2008 3.12
66 78 Ryan Pope 2012 0.00 DNP
67 78 Austin Hyatt 2012 0.00 DNP
68 77 Michael Antonini 2012 0.00 DNP
69 77 Todd Redmond 2011 0.00 DNP
70 77 Travis Blackley 2009 0.00 DNP
71 77 Edgar Gonzalez 2009 5.51
72 77 David Huff 2011 6.22
73 77 Ramon Ramirez 2008 2.89
74 77 Jeremy McBryde 2013 0.00 DNP
75 77 Garrett Mock 2009 6.41
76 77 Nick Green 2011 0.00 DNP
77 77 Clayton Mortensen 2011 4.63
78 77 Deunte Heath 2012 4.50
79 77 Garrett Olson 2010 4.78
80 77 Chris Nicoll 2010 0.00 DNP
81 77 Jason Miller 2009 0.00 DNP
82 77 Doug Fister 2010 4.47
83 77 Wes Roemer 2013 0.00 DNP
84 77 Dylan Owen 2013 0.00 DNP
85 76 Justin Thomas 2010 6.23
86 76 Shairon Martis 2013 5.59
87 76 Jason Windsor 2009 0.00 DNP
88 76 Elizardo Ramirez 2009 0.00 DNP
89 76 Bryan Price 2013 0.00 DNP
90 76 Tyler Clippard 2011 1.83
91 76 Ronald Uviedo 2013 0.00 DNP
92 76 Chuck Lofgren 2012 0.00 DNP
93 76 Chaz Roe 2013 4.03
94 76 Juan Nicasio 2013 5.54
95 76 P.J. Walters 2011 7.20
96 76 Ryan Ketchner 2008 0.00 DNP
97 76 Josh Lindblom 2013 5.46
98 76 Jess Todd 2012 0.00 DNP
99 76 Jake Woods 2008 6.16
100 76 Gregory Reinhard 2010 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .192 .264 .283 .202
11 vs R (Multi) .306 .398 .509 .322
18 Split (Multi) -.114 -.135 -.226 -.120
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .192 .264 .283 .202
31 vs R (2013) .306 .398 .509 .322
38 Split (2013) -.114 -.135 -.226 -.120
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2012 Beginning rehab from Tommy John surgery at the conclusion of the 2011 season and continuing in the Venezuelan Winter League, Hector Rondon boasts a good fastball, developing breaking pitches, and plus command, giving him third-starter potential if he recovers well from TJ.
2011 Once one of the brighter young arms in the system, Hector Rondon suffered through an ineffective and injury-plagued 2010.
2010 Featuring a combination of quality stuff and plus command, Rondon can touch 95 mph with his fastball, but walked more than two batters just once in 27 appearances in 2009. After impressing in the first half of his age-21 season at Double-A, Rondon didn't embarrass himself in a second-half intro to Triple-A, so he's surviving the fast track. Although he's immediately in contention for a starting spot in the rotation come 2010—it's a pulse-optional battle royale—the likely scenario is that he'll be back at Columbus to work on his secondary offerings. Since he's so often around the plate, he needs better breaking stuff to change batter's eye levels. Given his age, the Indians see no need to rush him to the majors.
2009 One of the nice things about signing teenagers is that they're usually still physically developing, and sometimes that leads to a jump in velocity. Rondon pumped his fastball into the mid-90s, which helped result in a highly impressive season and a midsummer showcase in the Futures Game at Yankee Stadium, where he threw a clean inning for the victorious World team. Besides Miller, Rondon is the team's best right-handed pitching prospect, but he needs to work on improving his slider at a season-opening assignment to Double-A.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who ends up with more saves by seasons end, Neil Ramirez or Hector Rondon?
(hamsterjockey from DC)
Thought I answered this one, but perhaps I missed hitting "submit" because we're pushing three hours. I still think Rondon holds onto the closer's role for the majority of the season. The Cubs have no reason to panic and remove him from the ninth inning. (J.P. Breen)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)Is Hector Rondon the new closer for the Cubs and if so is he good enough to keep it the whole year?
(scott from az)
Yes, Rondon is the closer. He had a shaky outing on Sunday but then Pedro Strop had an even worse one the other day. Yes, Rondon is talented enough to keep the job all year. Often, though, it's less a matter of talent and more a matter of manager confidence. I'll feel better about Rondon if/when he racks off a few saves in a row without blowing one before confidently proclaiming him closer. (Mike Gianella)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Bruce Rondon on the DL with TJ surgery, what are the chances of the Tigers making a trade with the Cubs for Hector Rondon and then inserting him as closer?
(ChoppertoChipper from Edmonton)
92% (Paul Sporer)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Similar to Kane County question, who beyond Santana gives me a reason to walk one block to see the Clippers this summer?
(w friend from columbus)
Carlos Carrasco, Jeanmar Gomez, Hector Rondon and others await your visit. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Not a huge fan of Hector Rondon? Too hittable? Could he be a good Andy Sonnanstine wih his control?
(Tom from Chicago)
Rondon's stuff is WAY better than Sonnanstine. (Kevin Goldstein)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Hector Rondon has thrown 1,941 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (97mph) and Sinker (97mph), also mixing in a Slider (85mph) and Cutter (92mph). He also rarely throws a Change (91mph).