Exit Interview 2021: Angel Rondon

As is tradition around these parts after the season is over, we’re taking a look at every player that got into a game for the St. Louis Cardinals this season.  That’ll range from someone that didn’t record an out to someone that played almost every inning.  Treat it like they are stopping by the manager’s office (umm, also imagine this was before the managerial change) on their way home for the winter for a performance review.  Stats listed are ones generated during their time with the Cards and the grade is based not only on their performance but on the expectations for them going into the season.  As he has the past few years, the legend that is cardinalsgifs has provided our excellent header image!

Player: Angel Rondon

Season stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 3.67 FIP, 1.000 WHIP, 4.5 K/9, 0.1 bWAR, 0.0 fWAR

Statcast: .293 xwOBA, 0.0 barrel %, 85.3 exit velocity, 20.0 hard hit %. 14.3 K %, 14.3 BB %

Best Statcast category: Max Exit Velocity (96th percentile)

Worst Statcast category: None

Hero/Goat: None

Grade: C

Positives: Made his major league debut June 6 against the Reds….pitched two scoreless major league innings….had a 2.30 ERA in August for the Memphis Redbirds….lefties hit .223 against him down at AAA….had an ERA two runs less as a starter than as a reliever for Memphis.

Negatives: Never returned to the bigs after those two June innings even with various pitching issues….only pitched in losses at the major league level….had a 4.58 ERA overall for the Redbirds….his ERA was 5.68 at AutoZone Park….had an 8.10 ERA in 10 June innings at AAA.

Overview: There’s not really much to say about Rondon from the major league perspective.  You can, of course, read about Rondon the prospect in the Dirty Flirty by minor league expert extraordinaire Kyle Reis over here at Birds on the Black.  From Kyle’s writing, it does seem like we’ve not seen the last of Rondon, though there occasionally are those prospects that get a glimpse and then, for whatever reason, never make it up again.  With other pitchers in the way, Rondon might be one of those, but I expect that if Roel Ramirez can get at least two bites at the apple, Rondon will as well.

Outlook: Rondon will start the year at Memphis and try to make some improvements there.  If the Cardinals need a bullpen arm for a short period of time, Rondon could be on the short list for a callup.

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