Hector Rondon
Hector Rondon
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Houston Astros
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Rondon's up-and-down 2018 campaign was nevertheless his best in three years. An 8.68 ERA over his final 11 appearances cost him a spot on the team's ALDS roster, but for much of the season he was an effective option. He led the Astros in saves, picking up 15 after Ken Giles fell out of favor and before Roberto Osuna took over the role. The job should be firmly Osuna's heading into 2019, and Ryan Pressly leapfrogged Rondon at the end of last season. Rondon has averaged less than an inning per appearance for five straight years, so he doesn't offer the workload required to be a fantasy-relevant non-closer. His 26.8% strikeout rate is good but not great. Feel free to ignore him in most formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Astros in December of 2017.
Makes ALDS cut
PHouston Astros
October 4, 2019
Rondon will be on the Astros' ALDS roster.
ANALYSIS
Rondon didn't dominate this season, but his solid 3.71 ERA was still good enough for him to make the team. His 4.96 FIP hints at worse things to come, however, and he saw his strikeout rate plunge from 26.8 percent to 18.7 percent. The Astros will likely prefer to keep him in medium-leverage situations.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
14
How many pitches does Hector Rondon generally throw?
 
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31-40
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .231 317 74 32 65 16 4 12
Since 2017vs Right .250 428 110 28 99 21 0 12
2019vs Left .216 109 21 8 21 6 1 6
2019vs Right .259 149 27 12 35 8 0 4
2018vs Left .245 122 30 12 27 6 2 2
2018vs Right .258 128 37 8 31 8 0 2
2017vs Left .230 86 23 12 17 4 1 4
2017vs Right .234 151 46 8 33 5 0 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-49%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-9%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-91%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-21%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.96 1.52 85.1 6 6 3 8.8 4.0 1.5
Since 2017Away 2.55 1.03 91.2 3 2 12 9.9 2.2 1.0
2019Home 3.90 1.45 27.2 2 1 0 6.8 3.6 2.0
2019Away 3.55 1.09 33.0 1 1 0 7.4 2.5 1.1
2018Home 6.33 1.81 27.0 1 4 3 10.0 4.3 1.3
2018Away 0.56 0.91 32.0 1 1 12 10.4 2.0 0.0
2017Home 4.70 1.34 30.2 3 1 0 9.4 4.1 1.2
2017Away 3.71 1.09 26.2 1 0 0 12.5 2.0 2.0
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Stat Review
How does Hector Rondon compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.40
 
K/9
7.1
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
96.7 mph
 
ERA
3.71
 
WHIP
1.25
 
BABIP
.272
 
GB/FB
1.57
 
Left On Base
82.3%
 
Exit Velocity
87.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.1%
 
Spin Rate
2108 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
34.2%
 
Swinging Strike
9.9%
 
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Rondon began the 2017 campaign in a setup role for the defending World Champions, having been usurped of his closer job the previous season by Aroldis Chapman. Before that point, Rondon had allowed just 16 homers in his 225 innings with the Cubs, spinning a 2.68 ERA and 1.07 WHIP during that span. In the time since, the hard-throwing right-hander has surrendered 14 long balls in the subsequent 71.1 stanzas, resulting in a 4.92 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. Rondon's strikeout rate remained strong at 10.0 K/9 during that stretch, along with a good 2.9 BB/9. Perhaps he was victimized by an unlucky HR/FB, but the increase in homers is his greatest flaw skills-wise. Assuming the bone chips that caused irritation in his throwing elbow last September are no longer an issue, Rondon has a chance to pitch himself back into a high-leverage bullpen role after he signed with Houston in free agency this winter. It will be interesting to see if he gets an opportunity to push Ken Giles for the ninth-inning role this spring.
Rondon looked to be one of the league's top closers early in 2016, converting his first nine save opportunities while holding 1.04 ERA entering June. He then blew four of his next eight save chances, and once Aroldis Chapman took the closer job, the wheels completely came off for Rondon. His ERA ballooned from 1.70 on Aug. 1 to 3.53 by season's end. Come the World Series, Carl Edwards Jr. and Mike Montgomery were setting up Chapman. Still, Rondon's peripherals were mostly solid, with a .225 BAA and 58:8 K:BB. His downfall was an inflated 1.4 HR/9, due in large part to a 18.2 percent HR/FB. While there's reason to believe Rondon is still an effective pitcher who succumbed to bad luck in 2016, the Cubs traded for former Royals stopper Wade Davis, keeping Rondon in a setup role to start 2017. Still, Rondon's skills make him a logical late-round speculation for saves in deeper formats, considering Davis' health issues last year.
While Jake Arrieta and the young home-run hitters get all the press in Chicago, the underrated bullpen just keeps on chugging away. Did you know that Rondon has saved 59 games in the last two years? He looked good doing it too. It's a simple formula: strong K/BB (4.60 in 2015, 4.20 in 2014), keep the ball in the park (six home runs allowed in last two years), and throw a 96 mph fastball when you need the big K. Manager Joe Maddon tinkered with his bullpen quite a bit last year, even replacing Rondon with Jason Motte and Pedro Strop occasionally, but make no bones about it: Rondon is definitely the man in the ninth inning, and if the Cubs finally win the World Series, don't be surprised to see him on the mound for the final out. He's come a long way from the mediocre Rule 5 draftee taking up space on the 2013 roster.
Rondon was a mediocre reliever as a Rule 5 draftee in 2013, but a variety of circumstances led to him closing games for the Cubs last year and…he wasn't bad. He showed the outstanding control he had earlier in his minor league career, using a 63:15 K:BB ratio to earn his way to 29 saves. Also, with only two home runs given up in 63.1 innings, Rondon limited the damage that can often come when the wind is blowing out in Wrigley. Rondon looks like he'll deservedly head into the 2015 season as the closer, though he could face competition from Jason Motte if the former Cardinal can return to his pre-Tommy John form with his new club.
As a 2012 Rule 5 draftee, Rondon got to spend the entire season on the Cubs' active roster, but a 4.77 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 44:25 K:BB ratio indicate he's not ready for prime time. Expect the 26-year-old right-hander to spend some time in the minors in 2013.
Rondon's development path hit another bump in the road after returning from Tommy Jon surgery for a pair of relief appearances in September when he fractured his pitching elbow in November pitching in winter ball, sidelining him for another five-to-seven months. The form he flashed as a 21-year-old at Double-A and Triple-A back in 2009 seems like forever ago, and now it's unclear just how much he will have left on the operating table. The once promising prospect needs to get back and stay healthy before resuming what was once a very bright future.
Rondon dominated at Double-A Akron (1.056 WHIP, 9.1 K/9IP in 72 innings) to start the season and earned himself a midseason promotion to Triple-A Columbus. He didn't fare quite as well but still put up some noteworthy numbers (74.1 innings, 83 hits, 64:13 K:BB) as a 21-year-old. He pounds the strike zone with low-90s heat and a developing slider and changeup. The Indians briefly experimented with him in a relief role at Double-A, but quickly moved him back into a starting role and he should spend most of the season in the rotation at Triple-A. The Indians have a host of middling arms competing for rotation spots this spring, but Rondon could kick in the door with a strong spring. Expect some bumpy spots in the road initially if that comes to pass.
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Slides into Pressly's role
PHouston Astros
August 24, 2019
Rondon allowed a solo home run but picked up a hold in Friday's 5-4 win over the Angels.
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Gets shelled in first career start
PHouston Astros
July 17, 2019
Rondon (3-2) served as the opener in Tuesday's loss to the Angels, retiring only two batters and giving up six runs on five hits and a walk while striking out one.
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Serving as opener
PHouston Astros
July 16, 2019
Rondon will serve as the opener for Tuesday's game against the Angels, manager AJ Hinch told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM.
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Notches third win
PHouston Astros
June 1, 2019
Rondon (3-1) worked around a leadoff double to pitch a scoreless seventh inning and earn the victory in Friday's 3-2 win over Oakland.
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Permits first blemish
PHouston Astros
April 6, 2019
Rondon allowed a hit in a scoreless seventh inning of Friday's 3-2 win over the Athletics.
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