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Hector Rondon
Birthdate: 2/26/1988 (29 y, 27 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/230     Position: P
Drafted: 2012 Rule 5 Draft - Round: , Pick: 2, Overall: 2, Team: Chicago Cubs
Contract: $5.8M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Rondon rejoined the Cubs on Sunday after Venezuela was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic, reports. (3/20/2017)
Profiles:  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Hector Rondon entered 2016 as the closer on the North Side, but will enter 2017 with his role somewhat more obscure. His ERA crept up to 3.53, up from 1.67 in the previous season, while his FIP didn't do him any favors, at 3.50. He made almost 20 fewer appearances because of some health issues, and relied on his fastball a bit more in 2016. Those both could have been factors in his ground ball rate declining to 45.7%, a decrease of about seven percent, and his home runs per nine innings leaping up to 1.41 from 0.51 in the previous season. On the positive side, he did increase his strikeouts from 8.87 in 2015 to 10.24 K/9 last year, while also decreasing his walks to just 1.41 BB/9 in 2016. His splits didn't especially favor his matchups against left-handed hitters though, as lefties reached base at a clip nearly 70 points higher than that of right-handers. All of that culminated in the Cubs seeking out another option for ninth-inning duty at the trade deadline, and again this offseason with the arrival of Wade Davis. That paints some uncertainty for Rondon, but should other back-end options falter, he could be in line to reclaim his job. (Randy Holt)

The Quick Opinion: With a fastball that tops out in the upper-90s and a deadly complementary slider, there isn't any question that Hector Rondon possesses closer's stuff. But even with a strikeout increase and walk decrease, health problems and increased home run rates in 2016 make his role a bit more unclear moving forward.

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