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2017 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 29)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
14.7 3.40 1.20 15 1 1 0 0.2
Birth Date2-26-1988
Height6' 3"
Weight230 lbs
Age29 years, 5 months, 21 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.42013
1.32014
1.82015
1.42016
1.02017
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2013 CHN MLB 45 0 54.7 2 1 0 52 25 44 6 .257 105 8.6 4.1 1.0 7.2 46% .280 .267 1.41 4.37 4.77 106 4.05 96.9 0.4
2014 CHN MLB 64 0 63.3 4 4 29 52 15 63 2 .259 99 7.4 2.1 0.3 9.0 50% .286 .209 1.06 2.23 2.42 81 2.78 68.1 1.3
2015 CHN MLB 72 0 70.0 6 4 30 55 15 69 4 .264 98 7.1 1.9 0.5 8.9 53% .268 .218 1.00 2.70 1.67 79 2.51 58.7 1.8
2016 CHN MLB 54 0 51.0 2 3 18 42 8 58 8 .268 92 7.4 1.4 1.4 10.2 49% .274 .236 0.98 3.53 3.53 80 2.55 56.5 1.4
2017 CHN MLB 46 0 44.3 3 1 0 37 18 54 5 .269 101 7.5 3.7 1.0 11.0 50% .305 .228 1.24 3.45 4.06 86 3.45 73.5 0.8
CareerMLB2810283.31713772388128825.263997.62.60.89.150%.281.2311.133.183.14863.0270.15.8

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2006 IND Rk 11 11 52.1 3 4 0 62 3 32 6 .263 101 10.7 0.5 1.0 5.5 49% .306 .287 1.25 4.32 5.18 0 0.00 0.0
2007 LKC A 27 27 136.0 7 10 0 143 27 113 13 .265 103 9.5 1.8 0.9 7.5 43% .315 .256 1.25 3.91 4.37 92 4.00 99.3
2008 KIN A+ 27 27 145.0 11 6 0 130 42 145 12 .263 98 8.1 2.6 0.7 9.0 42% .300 .242 1.19 3.60 3.60 85 2.67 88.4
2009 AKR AA 15 13 72.0 7 5 0 60 16 73 3 .262 98 7.5 2.0 0.4 9.1 43% .297 .218 1.06 2.43 2.75 73 1.99 86.5
2009 COH AAA 12 12 74.3 4 5 0 83 13 64 8 .246 117 10.1 1.6 1.0 7.8 35% .335 .253 1.29 3.51 4.00 87 3.33 92.7
2009 CAR Wnt 6 6 25.3 2 0 0 23 5 14 2 .000 8.2 1.8 0.7 5.0 0% .273 .000 1.11 4.32 4.27 0 0.00 0.0
2010 COH AAA 7 7 31.7 1 3 0 48 10 33 12 .258 108 13.6 2.8 3.4 9.4 36% .379 .343 1.83 7.26 8.52 91 3.12 89.5
2011 MHV A- 2 2 3.0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 .250 114 9.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 50% .300 .196 1.00 2.02 3.00 96 4.17 102.1
2011 CAR Wnt 5 0 8.7 1 0 0 6 7 6 0 .000 6.2 7.3 0.0 6.2 0% .240 .000 1.50 3.92 5.19 0 0.00 0.0
2012 AKR AA 2 0 4.0 0 0 0 4 1 3 0 .262 94 9.0 2.2 0.0 6.8 42% .333 .266 1.25 2.44 2.25 98 4.03 99.5
2012 CLE Rk 2 2 3.0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0 .283 93 0.0 3.0 0.0 18.0 0% .000 .057 0.33 1.34 0.00 87 2.76 87.9
2012 LEO Wnt 23 0 21.0 2 1 0 15 6 12 0 .000 6.4 2.6 0.0 5.1 0% .238 .000 1.00 2.94 4.29 0 0.00 0.0
2013 CHN MLB 45 0 54.7 2 1 0 52 25 44 6 .257 105 8.6 4.1 1.0 7.2 46% .280 .267 1.41 4.37 4.77 106 4.05 96.9
2014 CHN MLB 64 0 63.3 4 4 29 52 15 63 2 .259 99 7.4 2.1 0.3 9.0 50% .286 .209 1.06 2.23 2.42 81 2.78 68.1
2015 CHN MLB 72 0 70.0 6 4 30 55 15 69 4 .264 98 7.1 1.9 0.5 8.9 53% .268 .218 1.00 2.70 1.67 79 2.51 58.7
2016 CHN MLB 54 0 51.0 2 3 18 42 8 58 8 .268 92 7.4 1.4 1.4 10.2 49% .274 .236 0.98 3.53 3.53 80 2.55 56.5
2017 CHN MLB 46 0 44.3 3 1 0 37 18 54 5 .269 101 7.5 3.7 1.0 11.0 50% .305 .228 1.24 3.45 4.06 86 3.45 73.5

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 911 0.4940 0.4687 0.7588 0.6622 0.2798 0.8054 0.6512 0.2412
2014 963 0.5306 0.5161 0.7565 0.6849 0.3252 0.8114 0.6259 0.2435
2015 1066 0.4841 0.4916 0.7615 0.6628 0.3309 0.8801 0.5385 0.2385
2016 785 0.5108 0.4599 0.7452 0.6409 0.2708 0.8093 0.5865 0.2548
2017 780 0.5000 0.4859 0.7361 0.6692 0.3026 0.8506 0.4831 0.2639
Career45050.50340.48570.75260.66470.3040.83290.57870.2474

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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
2017 CHN $5,800,000
2016 CHN $4,200,000
2015 CHN $544,000
2014 CHN $514,000
2013 CHN $490,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$5,748,000
2017Current$5,800,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$11,548,000
5 yrTotal$11,548,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 0 d1 year/$5.8M (2017)

Details
  • 1 year/$5.8M (2017). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/13/17 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$4.2M (2016). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.544M (2015). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/5/15.
  • 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.

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3 2.1 2 50 0 71.4 51 18 71 6 .241 0.96 2.46 2.76 11.6 1.3
80o 2.9 2.2 2 50 0 65.0 50 17 64 6 .256 1.04 2.80 3.13 9.5 1.0
70o 2.9 2.2 2 50 0 60.6 49 17 60 6 .266 1.10 3.04 3.41 7.9 0.9
60o 2.8 2.3 2 50 0 56.8 48 17 56 6 .276 1.15 3.27 3.65 6.5 0.7
50o 2.8 2.3 2 50 0 53.4 48 16 53 6 .284 1.20 3.46 3.87 5.3 0.6
40o 2.8 2.4 2 50 0 50.0 46 16 49 6 .293 1.25 3.66 4.1 4.0 0.4
30o 2.7 2.4 2 50 0 46.5 45 16 46 6 .302 1.31 3.89 4.35 2.6 0.3
20o 2.7 2.5 2 50 0 42.5 43 15 42 5 .312 1.38 4.16 4.65 0.9 0.1
10o 2.6 2.5 2 50 0 37.2 41 14 37 5 .327 1.48 4.52 5.07 -1.5 -0.2
Weighted Mean2.82.3250052.84616526.2821.193.433.845.50.6

2017 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 8/15/2017 12:05 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 0.9 0.6 0 14 0 30.6 21 8 31 3 .242 0.96 2.44 2.7 3.3 0.4
80o 0.8 0.6 0 14 0 25.0 19 7 26 2 .257 1.04 2.78 3.08 2.7 0.3
70o 0.8 0.6 0 14 0 21.2 17 6 22 2 .268 1.10 3.03 3.36 2.3 0.2
60o 0.8 0.6 0 14 0 17.9 15 6 18 2 .277 1.15 3.24 3.6 1.9 0.2
50o 0.8 0.6 0 14 0 15.0 13 5 15 2 .286 1.20 3.44 3.82 1.5 0.2
40o 0.8 0.6 0 14 0 12.1 11 4 12 1 .294 1.25 3.64 4.05 1.2 0.1
30o 0.8 0.7 0 14 0 9.1 9 3 9 1 .303 1.31 3.86 4.3 0.8 0.1
20o 0.8 0.7 0 14 0 5.7 6 2 6 1 .314 1.38 4.12 4.6 0.3 0.0
10o 0.8 0.7 0 14 0 1.2 1 0 1 0 .329 1.48 4.50 5.02 -0.4 -0.0
Weighted Mean0.80.6014014.2125152.2831.193.413.791.60.2

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
27% 54% 26% 14% 96%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 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 DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20183031262065541965850.2861.123.704.247.42.69.01.10.7
20193131255058491757850.2911.143.854.427.62.68.81.20.5
20203221248051431552750.2961.143.824.387.62.79.21.20.4
20213331257060481858850.2701.093.864.437.22.78.71.20.5
20223431260064511865950.2811.083.814.377.22.59.21.30.6
20233531256059511858850.2911.173.874.447.82.78.81.20.5
20243631250053461450850.2821.134.014.607.82.48.41.40.3
20253721142044391441650.2881.204.164.777.92.88.31.20.2
2026381012102222721350.3081.304.425.078.92.88.51.20.0

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 90 Bobby Jenks 2010 4.78
2 89 Jeff Nelson 1996 4.60
3 89 Francisco Rodriguez 2011 2.76
4 88 Jake McGee 2016 4.93
5 87 Jonathan Broxton 2013 4.99
6 87 Frank Francisco 2009 3.83
7 87 Jim Kern 1978 3.26
8 87 Huston Street 2013 2.70
9 86 Mike Jackson 1994 1.70
10 86 B.J. Ryan 2005 2.56
11 86 Brian Wilson 2011 3.27
12 86 David Robertson 2014 3.22
13 86 Sean Doolittle 2016 2.68
14 86 Francisco Cordero 2004 2.39
15 86 Jason Christiansen 1999 4.06
16 85 Luke Gregerson 2013 3.26
17 85 Bill Campbell 1978 4.44
18 85 Felix Rodriguez 2002 4.30
19 84 Jared Burton 2010 0.00
20 84 Paul Shuey 2000 3.68
21 84 Todd Frohwirth 1992 2.80
22 84 Eric O'Flaherty 2014 2.25
23 83 Juan Rincon 2008 6.34
24 83 Peter Moylan 2008 1.59
25 83 Duaner Sanchez 2009 9.00
26 83 Tyler Clippard 2014 2.82
27 83 Damaso Marte 2004 3.42
28 83 Joe Smith 2013 2.43
29 83 Jesse Crain 2011 2.89
30 82 Justin Duchscherer 2007 4.96
31 82 Hong-Chih Kuo 2011 9.67
32 82 Mark Davis 1990 5.64
33 82 Scott Williamson 2005 5.65
34 82 Ramon Ramirez 2011 3.15
35 82 David Aardsma 2011 0.00 DNP
36 82 Jonathan Papelbon 2010 4.57
37 82 Jeff Montgomery 1991 3.20
38 82 Curtis Leskanic 1997 5.55
39 82 Brian Fuentes 2005 3.03
40 81 Sean Marshall 2012 2.66
41 81 Gary Lavelle 1978 3.78
42 81 Steve Cishek 2015 4.23
43 81 Scott Linebrink 2006 3.69
44 81 Brandon League 2012 3.38
45 81 A.J. Ramos 2016 3.00
46 81 Rafael Soriano 2009 2.97
47 80 Bobby Parnell 2014 9.00
48 80 Carlos Marmol 2012 3.90
49 80 Bill Bray 2012 5.19
50 80 Alexi Ogando 2013 3.28
51 80 Greg Holland 2015 4.03
52 80 Ryan Madson 2010 2.72
53 80 Brandon Lyon 2009 2.97
54 80 Ricardo Rincon 1999 4.84
55 80 Manny Delcarmen 2011 0.00 DNP
56 79 Tony Pena 2011 6.64
57 79 Xavier Hernandez 1995 4.70
58 79 Jose Arredondo 2013 0.00 DNP
59 79 Tug McGraw 1974 4.47
60 79 Jeff Fassero 1992 3.78
61 79 Ryan Webb 2015 3.73
62 79 Sergio Romo 2012 1.79
63 78 Mike MacDougal 2006 1.55
64 78 Tim Stoddard 1982 4.18
65 78 Kyle McClellan 2013 7.71
66 78 Rob Murphy 1989 3.34
67 78 Blaine Boyer 2011 10.80
68 78 Jesse Orosco 1986 2.67
69 78 Al Holland 1982 3.82
70 78 Mark Melancon 2014 1.90
71 78 Jim Gott 1989 0.00
72 78 Todd Jones 1997 3.73
73 78 Kevin Jepsen 2014 2.63
74 78 Juan Oviedo 2011 4.20
75 77 Jason Isringhausen 2002 3.03
76 77 Sean Burnett 2012 2.54
77 77 Jeff Zimmerman 2002 0.00 DNP
78 77 Al Alburquerque 2015 4.35
79 77 Boone Logan 2014 7.20
80 77 Jack Baldschun 1966 5.65
81 77 Tim Burke 1988 4.06
82 77 Rich Gossage 1981 1.16
83 77 Matt Capps 2013 0.00 DNP
84 77 Doug Corbett 1982 5.24
85 77 Mike Timlin 1995 3.00
86 77 Dave LaRoche 1977 4.14
87 77 Fred Gladding 1965 2.83
88 76 Sparky Lyle 1974 2.53
89 76 Bob Locker 1967 2.53
90 76 Fernando Salas 2014 3.38
91 76 Andrew Bailey 2013 3.77
92 76 Ryan Cook 2016 0.00 DNP
93 76 Juan Cruz 2008 2.96
94 76 Greg McMichael 1996 3.84
95 76 Vinnie Pestano 2014 3.86
96 76 Lee Smith 1987 3.23
97 76 Jim Mecir 1999 3.05
98 76 Jose Valverde 2007 2.94
99 75 Logan Ondrusek 2014 5.71
100 75 Dave Veres 1996 4.64

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .245 .296 .378 .255
11 vs R (Multi) .203 .244 .310 .207
18 Split (Multi) .041 .052 .069 .048
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .260 .301 .442 .274
31 vs R (2016) .200 .233 .336 .209
38 Split (2016) .060 .068 .105 .065
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 The most successful Rule 5 pick in recent Cubs history (the only competition being Josh Hamilton, who, oops, they traded to Cincinnati), Rondon has elevated from fringe Indians prospect to shutdown closer. His 2015 innovation was to lean more heavily on his high-90s hard sinker, which in retrospect is kind of obvious: My dude, you've got a 97 mph sinker—throw it! The result of listening to our sage advice was an ERA in the Chapman-Greinke-Arrieta-Giles zone. FIP suggests his improvement wasn't necessarily in his sphere of influence, but still grades him as excellent: He was sandwiched between Gerrit Cole, Chris Sale, Craig Kimbrel and Jacob deGrom on the FIP leaderboards. He's 28 and hasn't hit the DL in the major leagues, but we won't hold it against you if you're still not buying; There Is No Such Thing As A Consistent Relief Pitcher, after all.
2015 It doesn't take long to name every Rule 5 draft success story. (Let's try! Johan Santana, Josh Hamilton, Dan Uggla, Joakim Soria, Everth Cabrera, Darren O'Day, Luis Ayala, Jay Gibbons. Bar trivia!) Rondon may be getting close to the list, as he started hitting the upper 90s with regularity late in 2013 and the trend continued last year, leading to good, if sparse, work in the closer's role. He's not all blazing guns, either: He breaks out a two-plane slider as a put-away pitch, especially to righties. It has the kind of short, tight movement that physicist Alan Nathan has identified as the likely cause of the baseball concept of "late break," a term that also aptly describes Rondon's newfound opportunity to earn the Proven Closer label, and the riches it implies.
2014 Rondon started last season as a Rule 5 pick who had lost most of the previous three seasons to elbow problems, but he finished it as a bullpen phoenix. He was certifiably awful for most of the season, but the rest of the Cubs' relief corps had built such an impenetrable Fortress of Suckitude around him that hardly anyone noticed, and Rondon kept getting chances until something clicked. A semblance of the excellent command he had shown in his Cleveland days reappeared, and he started putting up zeroes in September. His mid-90s fastball can work in the middle innings, and the long layoff means Rondon has more upside than most 26-year-olds.
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
2016-06-16 21:00:00 (link to chat)What are the odds Hector Rondon is the Cubs closer on 8/1, 30%? Been great but gotta believe a World Series favorite wants a longer track record in the role and chapman/Miller tumors already.
(Jojo from Sd)
I'd say 80 percent. Possible they usurp him in the playoffs, but I wouldn't be factoring in into his RoS value too much. (Bret Sayre)
2015-02-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)Which side- my Dellin Betances for Hector Rondon and Zach Britton. It's a H2H league, and while Betances could be great, I should be picking up more saves, which I need more than the few extra K's/week Betances might get me. I also expect Betances to get less IP this year assuming he closes, and if he struggles at all I don't think the Yanks hesitate to go with Andrew Miller.
(Shawn from Cubicle)
I love Betances, but I think you have to take the two closers in that format, particularly if closers are going to be taken/frozen in your draft/auction. I do think Betances is the man and he'll be fine, though, and every closer has risk of losing his job if he struggles. (Mike Gianella)
2015-03-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Think Hector Rondon can run with the Closer gig all year?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
I do believe Rondon can handle the role he's put in a lot of work this spring and has shown he is capable of being the closer. The Cubs do have veteran relievers in Strop and Motte with closing experience in case there is a set back. (Rob Willer)
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 4,865 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2017, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2017, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph) and Slider (86mph), also mixing in a Sinker (96mph). He also rarely throws a Change (90mph).