Héctor Rondón

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Héctor Rondón
Héctor Rondón on July 16, 2016.jpg
Rondón pitching for the Chicago Cubs in 2016
Houston Astros – No. 30
Born: (1988-02-26) February 26, 1988 (age 31)
Guatire, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 3, 2013, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through September 14, 2019)
Win–loss record23-20
Earned run average3.25
Career highlights and awards

Héctor Luis Rondón (born February 26, 1988) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Chicago Cubs.

Professional career[edit]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

Rondón signed as an international free agent with the Cleveland Indians on August 3, 2004. He had Tommy John surgery in 2010 and fractured his elbow in 2011.[1]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

Rondón was selected by the Chicago Cubs from the Indians in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft.[2] He made the Cubs' 2013 Opening Day roster and made his major league debut on April 3. In his first season with the Cubs, he had a 2-1 record with a 4.77 ERA with 44 SO.

After struggles by Cubs closer José Veras early in the 2014 season, Rondón was named the new Cubs closer. He had a breakout 2014 season. He earned two saves in the 2015 National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, including a save in the series-clinching game 4.[3] With the addition of Aroldis Chapman in late July 2016, Rondon was moved to the setup role in the bullpen. Rondon finished 2016 with a 2-3 record and a 3.53 ERA in 54 appearances. The Cubs won the 2016 World Series over the Cleveland Indians, ending the Cubs' 108-year drought.[4] He was non-tendered and became a free agent on December 1, 2017.

Houston Astros[edit]

On December 15, 2017, Rondón signed a two-year contract with the Houston Astros.[5]

Pitching repertoire[edit]

Rondon relies primarily on his four-seam fastball (96 mph), slider (85 mph), and also mixing in a sinker (96 mph). He also rarely throws a changeup (90 mph).[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/tribe/index.ssf/2012/08/hector_rondon_carlos_carrasco.html
  2. ^ http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2012/12/cubs-select-rhp-hector-rondon-in-rule-5-draft-lose-starling-peralta/
  3. ^ ESPN
  4. ^ Bastian, Jordan; Muskat, Carrie. "Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  5. ^ Macklin, Oliver (December 15, 2017). "Astros agree with Rondon on 2-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  6. ^ [1]

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